|February training history|
Though my total training time was only 2 hours greater than my total training time last February, it was much more run-specific. I spent almost 10 more hours running this February than I did last February. 44 more running miles. 12,000 more vertical feet. I only resorted to the bike trainer twice, and the skis once. Not too shabby.
|4 weeks of training.|
|Thanks to Cindy DeMarco for the picture!|
The reality of winter returned for the third and fourth week of February, which were more typical training weeks for me at this time of year. I just ground out the miles around Leadville, jogging up and down all my typical winter routes. Nothing sexy. Just getting it done.
|A week-by-week comparison of February training for the last few years.|
I don't think I've ever hit double-digit weekly training time this early in the year before. So, I'm pretty stoked to have managed to have logged two 10+ hour weeks this February. I usually only hit that level of training in the May/June time frame.
So, yeah... while I may not be training as much as some folks, I'm very happy with where I am right now. I feel good. My fitness is definitely improving. And I'm slowly, but surely getting myself to a position where I can hopefully absorb some truly epic mountain runs in May/June. 20+ hour weeks. 20,000+ feet of vertical. That's the goal that's looming on the horizon.
It's hard to believe that in only two more weeks, my training for Hardrock will be at the halfway mark. Frightening!
I was super excited to put my early season fitness to the test this week at the Salida Marathon. On paper at least, I should be in much, much better shape than I ever have been for the race. But, sadly, things have not exactly gone according to plan. Last week, while on vacation in Florida, I hurt my back while playfully rough-housing with my wife in the ocean. Then I came down with a nasty head cold on Sunday. Let me tell you that coughing while suffering from a significant lower back strain is pure torture! Ugh! I was hoping that I would be healed up enough for the marathon by this Saturday, but my recovery has been painfully slow. I can barely get in and out of a car or even dress myself. Bending over to put on a pair of shoes is a nightmare. So ridiculous... I've got three more days to try to recover. Maybe-- just maybe-- I can heal enough that I could slowly jog/hike the course, but a PR is pretty much out of the question. It's frustrating, but I'm trying not to get too depressed. An injury/sickness-enforced rest week, I guess.
|How to survive Leadville's winters.|