Sunday, May 19, 2013

May 13 - 19

5/13/13
Mon - off. Launch of BUFF Signature Collection in Barcelona. After another nearly sleepless night, I went for a stroll down Las Ramblas in the morning from my hotel and had to stop and get a coffee and a croissant on the way back in order to make it back to the hotel. Feeling really really weak but finally no more fevers and muscle aches.

5/14/13
Tue - off. All day travel back to Boulder from Barcelona.

5/15/13
Wed-AM: 1:35, 3000' ~ First Flatiron+Green Mt.
From my house, descent down Flagstaff. Oy. Thought things were feeling ok, but then about half-way up the rock I got super weak and had to take a minute before slogging through the rest of the run. Really weak after the first 30min or so. So good to be back in Colorado, though. The weather is gorgeous and I just love being here at home.

5/16/13
Thu-AM: 2:00, 3200' ~ First Flatiron+Green Mt.
From my house, descent down Bear Canyon. Felt quite a bit better today, but still not quite 100%. Always fun to just cruise easy down through Bear Canyon, too.

5/17/13
Fri-AM: 2:10, 5000' ~ Flatiron Trifecta+Green Mt.
From my house, scrambled the 1st, 5th, and 4th flatties before going to the top of the mountain and descending Flagstaff back to my house. Finally feeling close to 100% again in terms of energy. Really fun morning on the mountain, always a pleasure to get in a few thousand feet of scrambling. Not much else I'd rather be doing while waiting for the high country to start melting out a bit.

5/18/13
Sat-AM: 3:34, 8000' ~ Pikes Peak (14,115')
Parked in downtown Manitou with Joe (who had dog, so was only going up Cameron Cone) and ran up the big hill. From Hydro Street (after all my years living in COS and running with MC it became habit to time from there) it was 2:19 to the summit and 0:56 for the descent back to Hydro. (Obviously, I wasn't going the standard route.) Felt really solid climbing today, only wavering the last 1000' or so. First 14er in over a month, though, so altitude weakness is to be expected. Let gravity take over on the descent, clocking a number of sub-6 miles. Per usual, there's way less snow down in the Pikes Peak region than up here on the northern Front Range. Granted, I was on the southern slopes of the mountain, but there was basically no snow below 12k' or so, and above there it was well-consolidated, perfect for kicking steps. Mostly overcast day, but I was shirtless all the way to the summit, and only put it on for the descent above treeline. Great day.

5/19/13
Sun-AM: 2:06, 3200' ~ First Flatiron+Green Mt.
From my house, went easy on the uphill and then descended Bear Canyon, enjoying the smooth trail on my tired legs.
PM: 1:05, 3000' ~ First Flatiron+Green Mt.
From Chat, cruised up the slab with a light sprinkling of rain part-way up and then had good energy in my legs to the top of the hill. Descent down the front. #99 lifetime ascent of the First Flatiron, all but one of those coming since last July.

Hours: 12h30min
Vert: 26,400'

Took me until Friday to get my legs back under me after being sick and re-adjusting from the overseas travel. The second half of the week was super solid, though, and after hitting Pikes on Saturday I'm really excited to spend a good chunk of time at altitude. Which I will do, starting next weekend when I get back from Nebraska. Bring on summer!

Against all odds, Joe actually turned me on to these guys:


10 comments:

R. Logan Brooks said...

Great to see the transition back to normalcy. Then again, ya have to figure with all the effort put into your lifestyle, travelling overseas and all that comes with that, sh@# just happens. Great to see you back at it! Hope to hear that you are entering a race soon because for guys like me who are always injured or work in the concrete jungle for 40+, it is a definite treat to see you out there competing. God speed TK, take care.

P. said...

when i saw the video, for a second, i thought:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8JpHoAnaPK0

not. even. close.

congrats on the return to health! may it remain!

Dallas Green said...

Congrats on the positive comeback! Transvulcania is thing of the past now :)

Stefan said...

Saw ya coming down the hill Friday and thought I'd see what you were up to. Thought I'd leave a comment since Sunday morning was my #199 lifetime ascent of the 1st! Almost all of those in the last 10 years. I think you'll have surpassed me by this time next year though!

-Stefan

Anton said...

Stefan - I thought that was you on the bike on Friday. 200 Firsts...that's a big number for sure!

Daniel said...

Anton, any way to buy that Buff collection? Seems like they only ship to Spain?

Coolrunnings said...

I dig Jake Bugg's Telecaster playin!

pasi.koskinen said...

I hope You someday understand how important is rest, I mean take off-day when you feel sick.

But take care yourself - we are not endless. . .

Greg Abrams said...

Hey Anton. I was interested in the new balance mt1010. Is it a durable shoe? How many miles would you say you put on that shoe before you get a new pair?
Thanks
Greg

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