I ran a new route today! The middle 12 or so miles were incredibly beautiful. And the rest was not bad at all.
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.
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.
|3:45 AM - applesauce, banana, Udo's Oil, tea
|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...]
|low SC to upper SC, alternating cloudy and foggy, dry sky and trails
|Brooks PureGrit 2, Garmin Felix, UltrAspire Alpha
|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