Monday, July 30, 2012

Week Summary: July 23 - 29

07-23-2012
Mon-AM: 1:09, 2000' ~ Kelso Ridge
Out and back from my usual 1.4mi sign start on the Grays & Torreys access road.  Parked at 7:30am, but felt exhausted so crawled in the Roost for a little nap and ended up sleeping another two hours.  Stumbled up the mountain for a while, but once I got to the start of the ridge and still felt terrible I just turned around and stumped back down to the truck. Body is still wrecked from last week's Nolan's run on Tuesday and overall high volume/vertical, despite taking the last three days easy.

07-24-2012
Tue-AM: 2:13, 4500' ~ Mt. Elbert (14,433')
Up West Ridge and down NE Ridge. Really solid run and felt like my legs might actually be back.  Just went mellow, but PRed up the West Ridge with a 49:20 ascent from the rock cairn to the summit. Great to get back to the high country and have the legs feeling solid.

07-25-2012
Wed-AM: 2:02, 4500' ~ Mt. Elbert (14,433')
Up and down NE Ridge. Just did the standard route from Halfmoon Creek TH.  Right at 2hr roundtrip. Went really easy to treeline with Anna and then maintained a very mellow effort for the rest of the run. Just tried to get up and down the hill as easy as possible. Energy was good. Cool, blustery, cloudy conditions on the summit, but was still surprised to see (via the interwebs) that it had snowed on Pikes Peak. Drove to SLC in the afternoon.

07-26-2012
Thu-AM: 1:00, 1600' ~ Snowbird, UT
Parked at the Speedgoat starting area and tried to check out the first part of the course. Frustratingly squirrelly lay-out to the beginning of the race---just charge up the mountain!---but my legs felt really peppy, which was nice after a week of lethargy. Anna, on the other hand, seriously considered canceling any plans to race.

07-27-2012
Fri-AM: 0:52, 1400' ~ Catherine's Pass/Sunset Peak, Alta UT
Easy pre-race jog.  Parked at the Cath Pass TH and jogged up to the pass in a blustery drizzle. Sunshine came out on the jog up to Sunset Peak before we descended a nice double-track to Albion Basin (that I'd run with Karl years ago) and the Roost. Definitely feeling rested for the first time pretty much all summer. Last week's Nolan's run forced a much more aggressive taper than I would normally employ for a race this short, but that's probably a good thing.

07-28-2012
Sat-AM: 5:38, 11,500' ~ Speedgoat 50K
Warmed up with a 15min jog. Finished 4th in 5:23. Felt terrible for the first 4 hours, which meant there was a 22min gap to the front of the race with 10 miles to go.  Finally turned things around and closed that to 9min at the finish after passing Max and moving into 3rd with a couple of miles to go.  Of course, Max passed me back on the downhill road, but I was able to keep it to within 26sec at the finish. Satisfying and fun finish to an otherwise remarkably off day.

07-29-2012
Sun-AM: 2:02, 3000' ~ Catherine Pass/Sunset Peak, Alta UT
Slept in the Alta parking lot and got up for a mellow jog up the road to the trail to the pass to the peak and then down some of the Wasatch 100 course before coming back up to the pass and taking the doubletrack back down into the valley and back to the Roost. Felt surprisingly decent after yesterday's hectic final downhill charge. Drove to the Tetons in the afternoon.

Hours: 14h56min
Vert: 28,500'

Early in the week I thought my legs would never come around in time for the race this past weekend; and after my performance there it seems they actually never really did.  But that's okay, it was still a blast to get back amongst it this weekend.  I think Karl put on an excellent race and I'd do it again.  Stringent regulations prevent us from devising perfectly aesthetic courses here in the US, but I think Karl does a fantastic job with the limitations he has at Snowbird--a solid amount of vertical, stunning scenery, some steep bits, prize money, and a jovial post-race atmosphere.  Sure, there could definitely be improvements, but in my opinion Speedgoat is a welcome departure from the usual 3h20-40 carpet trail 50Ks that exist across the country.  Be sure to check out some of Kevin Winzeler's photos from the race to get a flavor for the day.

Already haggard on the first summit of the day at Speedgoat. Photo: Marty Bess.
Roost dinner table on the shores of the Snake River Sunday evening, Teton Range WY. Photo: Anna Frost.

46 comments:

Freebird said...

Awesome pics. Great job especially your back-and-forth with Max. Are you and Frosty in WY with KJ?

Chris Cawley said...

Tony,

Racing brings a unique sort of anxiety that I find really hard to overcome until well into the effort; perhaps that light-headed, tight-chested, didn't-I-train-for-this? feeling could be a matter of being at the start with your competition for the first time in...a while?

It is always refreshing to make contact from across the CC diaspora. Of course, everything feels good at the finish line, doesn't it? Great to see you at Snowbird. BTW, you have too many Fbook friends to recieve friend requests. Booyaa!

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I haven't been 4th place in anything since I was about 8 years old ;) Way to rock the Speedgoat.

Don't know if you've contemplated this, but I would be seriously interested in a post just about car/truck camping. I'm getting really tired of driving home/motels between runs, yet I'm not necessarily psyched about fully remote camping either. Food, logistics, good site choices, all fair game. Would really enjoy tips based on what you've learned.

coach dion said...

You are not the only one who struggled on the trails this weekend, While I started out OK I that is all I can say, well done getting back into the race and running the last section well.

Vojtech Boril said...

Great race Tony! Leadville will be even better, I guess.

I noticed your Buff hat, which you have - don't you know, if it's possible to buy this Buff model with visor or it's just made for you? I haven't found it on website.. thanks man.

the runner said...

Nice race man. I dig the Roost foto.

GZ said...

Ahem ... Finished 3rd.

Rain said...

Awesome pictures, looks like some nice scenery!
Sorry your legs didn't come around in time and you had a tough first half.
Way to go finishing 3rd!

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I am also curious about your car camping set up and how you manage that. overnight parking, organization, water, cooking, etc. I will be living out of my tacoma for part of August. Some pictures of the inside of the Roost would be fantastic.

Zack said...

AK, how can I get my grubby hands on that hat?

Carey said...

I too would like to know more about your buff visor as well. I have lots of hair and end up wearing a buff along with a visor, would be nice to have just the one.
Thanks for the info!

C.J. Hitz said...

Congrats on your solid finish Tony. Also cool to see how the "Roost" tailgate serves as the dinner table when backed up to a log. Hope youur training continues to go well as you prep for Leadville

Chris "Jigidy" Jensen said...

4th is awesome, considering all your time away from racing and the fact you felt like crap for most of the race. I am excited to read next weeks report at it looks like you'll be running and "roosting" in my neck of the woods. Best of luck to you down the road.

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Gutsy.
Way to stick it out and actually pass through to the other side.
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Tony, I know you mind your own business and conduct yourself in a dignified manner, I am just wondering if you are able to shed any light onto the Kilian situation that day.
(I won't describe it for the folks--they can watch the organizer's interview.)
The whole thing just seems so strange.
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