I am astonished that it is already February of 2011. Time moves quickly when you are having fun and working with the head down. The past couple of months have been tremendous. Throughout the fall Tim Parr and I scaled Signal Peak dozens of more times, each putting in 70-90 miles per week as we ran for the pure joy of it. I did not have any races on the calendar after September but I just kept running and the fall of 2010 was by far my best autumn of running to date. I felt positive, fit, healthy, and excited every day. As fall turned to winter and ski season began, the running reduced considerably (by plan) as I began to work more hours, travel more, and run 11 ski team practices per week. Obviously I am super fortunate to have a job that allows me to stay fit as I work. The Nordic season has been tremendous and the teams I work with have produced many tremendous results, inside-jokes, and moments of hilarity. There is a palpable energy amongst all these athletes. With this change in schedule, I had been running between 50 and 60 miles per week throughout December and early January. Combine that amount of running with numerous strength training sessions, ski sessions, and eating very well, and it is clear I have held my fitness well. The past 3 weeks have been ramped up for me in terms of running mileage as I am now hitting over 80 miles per week again and combined with the aforementioned skiing and strength training; I am fit. My weight is down, my diet is mostly clean, and my running feels efficient while the skiing feels powerful. Still getting annihilated by a few kids I coach (14-15 year olds), but, my confidence in my fitness is bursting right now. As I move on into the last 6 weeks of ski-race season, I intend to keep my mileage in the 80 – 90 mile per week range, while eating well, sleeping well, and moving forward into the spring. My race planning and scheduling for the 2011 running season is almost complete and I will provide a 2011 preview post at some point in the next two weeks. Until then, you can check out my proposed schedule in the right hand side-bar column of this blog. With that said, the hankering for dirt, warmth, and true single-track is strong. Very strong. Live well. Train well. DC
Buckskin Pass single-track on the world class ‘Tour of the Bells Loop’ between Crested Butte, CO and Aspen, CO. Parr, Drum and I ran this 30 miler last year. It is on the schedule for 2011. This area is rugged, remote, and provides fantastic scenery and trails. Do it.
Parr and I ran the Anthracite Loop two summers ago, on Drum’s wedding day. Here is another view that runs through my mind daily as I pound pavement or slip and slide through the snow right now. I ache for that hazy summer view of the mountains. Dirt single-track will feel so good. Feel it? I do.
A distorted view of a basin by ‘The Castles’ above Gunnison, CO and up the Ohio Creek Valley. This is another must do run. Perfect Single-Track in places with good vertical. All runnable. These mountains are inspiring. This pic was from another run that Parr and I did together. Parr and I have run a lot of miles.
A view of Mt Massive in the summertime. Leadville is deep-rooted in my personal running history. I love it there. A significant chance I’ll be heading back there this year. Not definite yet, but, I cannot imagine a running season without doing Leadville. Call me ‘stuck in my ways’, but, I love Leadville.
‘Gunsight Pass’ above Crested Butte. This is a fairly gradual jeep/dirt road which can be used to get high pretty fast. Parr and I ran this at the start of many runs a few times last summer. Nothing like climbing higher on a beautiful day. Inspiring. We’ll be hitting this up numerous times in 2011.
Hope Pass is a great run. Single track is wonderful. Nothing like getting over 12,000′. Mt. Hope is up a ridge from the pass itself and is on my ‘must-do’ list for 2011. No doubt I’ll drag Parr with me. Actually, he will likely be the one dragging me.
I find myself longing for the heat. Shirt off, thirsty, dusty. Of course, by the end of summer, I find myself longing for the cold of winter. This shot is taken from mile 74 at the Leadville 100 in 2009. It was hot. Heat is one of my greatest struggles and challenges as a runner, and precisely the reason why I want to get better at it. Here’s to day-dreaming about the heat. How many others will be at Leadville? I know many elites will be in Europe. Tim Parr is looking for another Leadville victory.