A few weeks ago I discovered this single lane road/private drive that is .9 and 650' with a sign at the bottom pointing up to the Chateau on the Mountain Bed and Breakfast. I contacted the Bed and Breakfast to ask if I could use the road to do some training. After a nice convesation with some great people I was told I could use the road all I wanted as long as I didn't block the entrance and was nice to the woman who uses the road to train for her summer backpacking trips to the Alps. Perfect!
Today's plan was to do 5 trips up and down the road with the first one being a warm up and the next 4 being hard efforts on the ascent portions. With feeling some fatigue in my legs and an average grade of almost 14% I wasn't concerned about speed - especially since a 12:00 pace isn't going to make me fast anyway. I just wanted to run strong for all 4. After about a 12:30 first run up I thought it'd be reasonable to try for 10:30 for each of the next 4 uphill reps. I felt pretty comfortable going 10:25 on the first one and thought my 10:30 assesment was right on. That was until the wheels fell off halfway up the 2nd rep and I ended up with an 11:03. I was seriously wondering how I was going to be able to do 2 more of these at any effort. Then, about halfway down on the recovery the wheels where put back on and I felt better. I accepted that 11:00 would be reasonable. The 3rd and 4th reps were much better and had a strong feeling about them going 10:51 and 10:47. This was a good day for working on the PT, Pain Threshold.
2 days ago