Training has been a lot of fun lately. Here's what I have been up to:
Rosarito to Ensenada 50 mile fun ride
Fully supported - with beer!
Don't like the race provides for "nutrition", bring your own!
Single leg drills up a hill? Who brought this guy?
Fully supported - with women!
Me trying to portray that I did RAAM to people that can't understand english (or maybe they were just pretending they didn't want to understand some gringo)
Barely Legal Half Iron
I played swim buddy for Michelle, did my own bike ride, and then was grill master for the afternoon. Good times, and was glad she got to do her first Half Iron distance race (even if it was barely legal...)!
I was up in San Francisco (Market St/Union Square) for a week, which led to a run heavy week (unfortunately, all on concrete). One of the fun runs was doing 6 miles around the embarcadero - in some nasty ass weather. It made IMLP look dry (kinda). You can't totally tell the wet conditions from this pic, but with the flag being parallel to the ground - it was pretty windy!
It was stuff I hadn't seen a while. Some think I was crazy for running. But, the people that were crazy were the ones trying to stay dry, but were as wet as I was (while giving me weird looks)! Suckers!
Actually, this wasn't fun. I described it as borderline miserable.
My buddy Greg and I did an adventure race last Saturday. The 7ish mile run was hilly and hot. I forgot my visor, so it was hotter than it needed to be - but actually fun! The bike around San Elijo Hills was much hillier, and much hotter. Mountain biking ALWAYS kicks my ass, and this was no exception. Mountain biking for me is basically one long ass interval workout, with each interval approaching max HR. Sometimes climbing hills just isn't manageable! Greg and I bailed after getting the first 6 bike checkpoints (out of 10) after running out of water, but we weren't the only ones. People were dropping like flies. After describing the climb to B6 to a married couple, the woman asked if they would still be married by the time they got to the top! I told her to ask the guy sitting on the side of the trail trying to cool off. When I got back to my car, it was in the high 90's. Um, is this San Diego...?
Mining Iron at Iron Mountain
This past sunday, a solid crew
made the trip up Iron Mountain ... the long, 10.5 mile, way.
It was plenty warm, with plenty of hills. About 3000ft of climbing all said!
Once I get some more run base & fitness, I am definitely looking forward (I think anyways...) to making this a hike/run!
Unfortunately, the stop button was pressed prematurely on accident, but whatever.
Just solid consistency, and having a good time. I love fall weather!