And so starts my biggest block of training ever (thanks to Arthur Martineau). If I can complete this long weekend then I'll be on track to running 90 ish miles in four days. Ready, set, go.
The goal is to cover sections of the Cascade Crest 100 to familiarize ourselves with the route. And to get in some fantastic time on the trails. Trails which I have never run by the way and that is always fun.
This is the start/first part of Cascade Crest and one notable highlight was a section of clear-cut that we had to negotiate. Here it is from below.
And here it is from above.
I'll jump ahead a bit and show you what it was like to descend through this on the way back to the car.
The 'summit' was just a somewhat foggy ridge where we decided to turn around. I don't even think it was the high point of this trail.
For sure there were some super sections of trail today but also lots of dry, dusty, steep hiking. Here is one of the super sections.
On the way back down I ran into Tim Mathis, Angel Rossi Mathis, Julie Cassata and her boyfriend (who's name I have already forgotten). These guys are always smiling so it's fantastic to see them on any trail.
Today I hiked about 50% of the climbs and I honestly think it will be more like 99% come race day. I suppose it's good to know what's coming otherwise I might expend too much energy too early. On the way down I just cruised along not pushing and enjoying the scenery. I was hyper aware of the days to come so was conserving energy big time.
We were spending the evenings in Guye Cabin.
The cabin is owned by the Washington Alpine Club and is a combination of hostel and ski lodge. It kinda leans a bit more to the hostel side of things in my opinion...
There is a community kitchen, several bunk rooms, a 'game' room (one ping pong table - done) and a lounge that has lots of comfy couches where you can read, etc. It has restrooms but the interesting thing was it only had ONE shower. Really...?! And it sleeps 70 people? Whatever. Still, it was pretty cool to have all the facilities you need for a little running camp.
Here are all the pictures and video.
|Workout Food||water, bottle w/3 scoops Perpetuem, 2 shots of Hammer Gel|
|Time of Day||3:00 PM|
|Weather||70, mostly cloudy, dry, light wind|
|Course||Gravel road then dirt road then single track, most of the climbs were steep. The single track was pretty soft for the most part.|
|Equipment||Brooks PureGrit, Garmin Fenix, UltrAspire Alpha|
|Clothing||Injinji Run Original Weight Mini-Crew, Brooks 5" Essential Run Short, Patagonia Capilene 1 Silkweight Stretch T-Shirt|