I ran a new route today! The middle 12 or so miles were incredibly beautiful. And the rest was not bad at all.
My goal going in was just to run all of this, just like I managed to do last Sunday. But in the back of my mind was a Strava CR or two that I thought looked attainable...
Ready, set, go!
I started at exit 27 off of I-90 with Lars Larson and friends. We ran up and over Rattlesnake Ridge to Rattlesnake Lake and back. Just like last weekend I started nice and slow, found my granny gear and ran the whole thing. The only time I stopped was at the porta potty which was conveniently located at the turnaround. Yes!
ASIDE - unfortunately my slow was too fast for the rest of the group. Within about half a mile I was with just one other guy and half a mile later I was alone. Oops. If it hadn't been for this 'other' goal that I had today I would have been much more social. :(
I cruised (meaning I did not go too fast) the first descent but then started pushing the pace near the top of the second climb and after checking my elapsed time and the miles I had left tried to scorch the second descent. That lasted about three miles when I realized I was BEAT and had to slow down for a bit. Thankfully I managed to pick it up again for the last mile.
There are some AWESOME sections of trail up here...! A little foggy today so no views but the trail surface was mostly nice and soft. Except for the rocky parts at the start/finish and heading down to the lake.
No incidents today except for one stumble that scared me pretty good. I almost bit it at speed but instead pulled out a massive recovery that lasted probably 20 steps. Yikes! So glad I didn't fall down.
Descending back to the car I turned on some music and it was the perfect playlist. Love it when that happens.
I was hammered at the finish. I tried to close like it was a race and I sure felt it after. Had to walk two laps of the parking lot just to normalize.
Regarding Strava and the Cars I was shooting for, here is the deal.
My run: http://app.strava.com/activities/142261103
The previous CR: http://www.strava.com/segments/6298391
Another previous CR: http://www.strava.com/segments/3434543
As far as I could tell, there is only one way to go so how could I have missed this opportunity at some fleeting fame? At my age, they don't come along all that often. Whatever.
On the bright side I think I got the nutrition just right today. I never got bony and kept topping off with gel and liquid food and managed to drink some plain water as well. Even so, I was a bit dehydrated after I finished and when I squatted down to stretch my quads my hamstrings cramped! I guess I really did push it at the end.
|Breakfast||3:45 AM - applesauce, banana, Udo's Oil, tea|
|Workout Food||2 bottles each w/1.5 scoops Perpetuem, 3 PowerBar Energy Gel, 20 oz. water|
|Time of Day||5:15 AM [Because Lars likes it early...]|
|Weather||low SC to upper SC, alternating cloudy and foggy, dry sky and trails|
|Equipment||Brooks PureGrit 2, Garmin Felix, UltrAspire Alpha|
|Clothing||Injinji Run Original Weight Mini-Crew, Brooks Equilibrium Core Short, Brooks 5" Essential Run Short, sleeveless undershirt, Brooks short sleeve AZ T III, Head sweats Visor|
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