ever since i crossed that at the Orifllamme 50k a couple of weeks ago I can’t stop thinking about racing again. The next race that I really want to do well at is the PCT50 Miler on 5/10. It’s a short 3.5 weeks away. There should be some good competition out there and the course will definitely not be easy. Rod Bien set a new course record there last year in 6:37 and I’d like to chase that. It may be far fetched but it serves as good motivation when I’m out suffering through some hard intervals. we’re heading out there this weekend to run some of the course. it’s an out and back with a bit over 7500 ft of climbing… and all on the PCT.
my recovery from Oriflamme was pretty quick. the first couple of days i was pretty sore but by thursday all the soreness was gone and I felt great. that’s probably the fastest I have bounced back from running a hard 50k. I did race 50k’s on back to back weekends in 2012 but I didn’t feel as good after as I did last week. I attribute that to the smarter training I am doing this year. The running, the strength work, and definitely my bike. getting back on my bike is serving me well and it doesn’t really feel like training. it’s just bicycle riding.
in the next block of training I am actually going to ride more and bring the running miles down. I plan on keeping the miles in the ~65 mile range, no higher, and riding at least 3 days a week. My body was been responding well to hitting about 65-75 miles a week and instead of increasing that as i get ready for a 50 and 100 miler I am going to add the miles on the bike. It’s kind of an experiment but i’m pretty sure it will pay off. It will help steer me clear of injury for sure and I actually feel better running, especially climbing, when I’m riding a lot.
we did add another race to the schedule. next weekend (4/26) we are going to run the the Leona Divide 50k. We had a long run on the schedule that day so we decided to venture up north run some trails we have never seen before and hopefully hit Golden Road brewery in LA after. I’ve always been a firm believer that racing is the best training, especially in my bike racing days. the only difference when it comes to running is that you really have be aware of your effort in the lower priority races as to not smash yourself. I plan on training right through Leona and I am going to try to really dial it back out there. I just want to enjoy a long, supported day on new trails. I’m still figuring out how to approach it and the best way for me to hold back. I am thinking about starting really conservatively and then seeing if I can dial it up the last 10-15 miles. I just really need to avoid trying to race off the front which I enjoy so much.
This isn’t about a particular beer. It’s about the selection of beer at Petco park. Last Saturday we headed downtown to the watch the Padres take on the the Tigers. Petco already had a great beer selection in years past but what’s available now is unreal. You can get a beer from what seems like every single brewery in San Diego. So rad.