Monday: AM: 8 miles easy in the Targhee National Forest in Alta, Wyoming. Afternoon: Easy 6 mile hike to top of Grand Targhee Ski Resort. PM: 5 miles easy into Driggs and back with Lauren on the bike. 30 minutes of core. This was obviously a solid day of exercise. The two hour time difference is allowing me to keep the same hours as I do at home, but instead of waking up at 9am, it's 7am and my favorite time to run. It's also about 50 degrees in the morning. I'm not feeling the 6400 feet of elevation at all.
Tuesday: AM: 8 miles easy from Driggs, ID to Alta, WY. Afternoon: 12 mile hike to Devils Staircase in Targhee National Forest. As everyone got ready for a long day of hiking, I ran to the trailhead to get some miles in for the day. That warmed me up well for a five hour hike to approximately 9800 feet and back down. My right foot was a little sore from the uneven terrain, but the pain had subsided by dinner.
|Just before setting out for 11 miles in Grand Teton National Park|
Thursday: AM: 14 miles up Ski Hill Road starting in Driggs, ID and ending in Alta, Wyoming. Afternoon: 20 mile easy bike ride from Driggs, ID to Victor, ID and back with Lauren. PM: 4 miles in Driggs, ID with Jamie. This was a big day. It was cold and raining when I set out. My intention was to run into town then head back up the mountain throwing in 25-40 minutes of steady state effort along the way. Unfortunately, my legs didn't agree with my plan and it was obvious after one mile of "steady state" that today was not my day. It's also possible that I grossly underestimated how tough of a climb I was facing. After about seven miles of gradual uphill, the road gets very steep and I was working hard to hit 8:15 pace. At mile 11, I turned around and started running downhill, being careful to hold back for the benefit of my quads and IT band. Looking back down at what I had just climbed made me wish I had a camera. Lauren and the car waiting to pick me up were a welcome site. Despite ditching the tempo, I was feeling like a badass about this run. That is until about 20 minutes later when I picked up the local paper at the coffee shop to see a front page article about two mountain runners who run up nine 12,000+ ft mountains in well under a day and a half. After a leisurely bike ride to check out the next town over during which a mulberry thorn popped Lauren's tire, I did an easy shakeout with Jamie which drained every last bit of energy I had left.
Friday: AM: 4 miles easy in Driggs, ID. Afternoon: 7 mile hike to Wind Cave in Darby Canyon. PM: 5 miles easy in Driggs, ID, 30 minutes of core. Neither run today was notable. I felt sluggish and sore during both and I may have had a pint before the second one which made things interesting.
|In dowtown Jackson, WY. There is elk and bison jerky in the bag|
Sunday: 16 miles easy in Prospect Park. This started off as a nice run over the Manhattan Bridge, into Brooklyn and up to Prospect Park. By halfway through, I was counting down the miles. My left leg was sore the entire run and I could not get enough water. Fortunately, the run ended at my miracle-worker massage therapist's house and an hour of digging seems to have gotten out some of the kinks.
Total Weekly Mileage: 75.9 (24 miles of hiking, 20 miles of biking)
Next week: A tough one.
Beer of the Week:
|Beer Flight at Grand Teton Brewing|
|Until we meet again, Pig War (Portland friends, feel free to ship this to me)|