The first day in yellow, the next day in red. Click to enlarge.
I’ve never considered my own ultra training to be a model for others to follow. I excel at avoiding anything that I find unpleasant– intervals, track laps, gym workouts, etc.– and I just go out for trail runs as often as I can, hoping that it will count for something on race day. I should probably get a coach. read more>>>
We ran into, or rather were passed by, Linden Mallory and Ben Koons on Buckskin Pass.
We had a great run on the Four Pass Loop last Thursday, an ideal escape from the madness of Aspen on the 4th of July. The trails are dry and the flowers were setting up to be in full bloom soon. read more>>>
The usual trail races are coming up (Lake City, Hardrock) so Christy and I are trying to make the annual rapid transition from skiing to running. It always feels kind of last minute– a recent sprained ankle didn’t help– but while I often complain to myself about the lack of time to get properly prepared, I know deep down I really like it this way.
That said, it can be hard to motivate to head out sometimes. Christy left our place the other morning with a headlamp in order to log a long run in the only time available to her, early before work. When you consider how long the days are right now, the fact that she needed a headlamp should be a clue as to how early it actually was. But be it an early start or mid-day battle with the heat, no matter how our enthusiasm measures beforehand, once we’re out the door, everything changes for the better. Sure, the exercise part of the run feels great, but the lesser known and often better reason for running is that by the time we get home we’ve usually sorted out all kinds of things in our heads. read more>>>
The third and final climb of the day, out of Lenado to Four Corners and home.
In seasons like this, when the steeper backcountry skiing isn’t all that safe, we keep ourselves busy with races. And part of the fun in that is in the training days.
Many of the seasons races are already behind us. The Power of Four, the Vail COSMIC (for Christy), and the Highlands Skimo Series are all wrapped up. But we still have the Breck Five Peaks next weekend and the Grand Traverse the Saturday after that. Even though we’re probably good on mileage, the weekend forecast looked pretty lousy, so Christy, Anda, and I set out for another long day. This time, we connected the two original 10th Mountain Huts– McNamara and Margy’s– from a start at the Hunter Creek trailhead. read more>>>
Chase and Christy take off down to Snowmass Creek. Snowmass Mountain looks to have the snow cover more typical of August.
One silver lining of a light winter is that the summer routes on the peaks and the trails are clear of snow earlier than usual. Christy, Chase Edgerton, and I ran the Four Pass Loop last Saturday, about a month or so before we’ve been able to do it in year’s past. read more>>>
Making our way up the East Snowmass Creek Valley.
[Christy here] It’s been a different kind of winter this year. Not bad, just different.
The little snow we’ve received so far has left us with a pretty unstable snow pack, and not-so-desirable ski lines in the backcountry. We haven’t skied any of the peaks were thinking about earlier this fall, have yet to ski with some of our closest ski buddies, and definitely don’t have our powder legs under us. However, there are good things hidden in times like these! It just takes getting out the map and looking between the peaks. read more>>>