This past Saturday, Tim Parr and I had the good fortune of good weather and a ton of energy. We went out and hit a ‘dream run.’ This is one that he and I both have been talking about for several years. We did the ‘Anthracite Loop.’ This run starts at the ‘Swampy Pass trail-head’; heads up to Swampy (we did a slight detour, to hit up my friend’s/former coach’s outfitting business guiding camp), then down, and up Beckwith Pass; then down to Horse Ranch Park on Kebler Pass Road, and up Kebler; over to Ohio Pass; and then down. Even though we were moving pretty slowly; we did this great 25 miler (with a lot of vertical) in about 4hrs. 20 min. We loved the loop! There were many opportunities for us to stop and snap pics. We also saw about 30 head of elk; pretty cool! This run is definitely worth doing. Do it!. (Pictures are, from top to bottom: 1. me on top of Beckwith Pass 2. an incredible view in our back yard 3. another incredible view of the battleship castle formation in North Castle Basin, and 4. a view of the aforementioned hunting/guiding camp.)
As for training; been extremely good as of late: a fantastic month of June. I have managed to run good volume (100+ per week), do an incredible amount of strength training; which is helping me incredibly, roller-skiing, mountain biking, etc.) Fitness is happening; and it is right at the correct time. Feeling great. This coming weekend; I am heading up to Leadville for the official Leadville Training Camp Weekend. It will be great to meet and talk with so many new people, and get in some super long runs at altitude. Can’t wait. I look forward to seeing all of you up there. Please do come on up and say hello!
Also; just a brief note on a few things. USE A FOAM ROLLER for myofascial release; it works. Get a book and do the rolling properly. My body is working great right now; I have been rolling for a couple of weeks. Also; strength training; find a solid core strength routine that works for you and your schedule; use it and do it; I have ramped up my strength training lately; and can feel a huge difference: go to www.runningdvds.com. Check it out. See you in Leadville! Happy training and living! DC