|Pikes Peak lurks over the hill|
The question tonight is How do you like your ass? The context for the question is that in the last four + months, I have lost a LOT of weight, I’m consistently running 70-80 miles a week and tonight, on a simple 9 mile run: I got my ass handed to me! The Barr Trail, Manitou Springs: 4 1/2 miles up, 4 1/2 down. Roughly 2800 feet of elevation gain on the way up. I repeat: I got my ass handed to me. So much for Rich Sands, badass runner dude.
On the upside, two things: 1) I’ve wondered what my max heart rate is. Answer: around 175 which is not bad for a fella my age. How do I know this, cuz I spent a bunch of time trying to run uphill, dying, sucking air at 173 ish, Upside 2): Salomon makes some awesome trail shoes and my Speedcross 3’s were considerably more up to the task than their wearer.
|A sort of flat section 3 miles up|
Valuable lessons: 1) the Cherry Creek State Park trails are nice, but they’re not real mountain trails; 2) steep uphills hurt your back if your core is weak; 3) you might think you’re a pretty good downhill runner until everyone and their dog flies past you.
By the way, side note, Kilian Jornet calls the Barr Trail a “fast track.” Rotten kid!
In 1979 I ran the Pikes Peak Marathon and upon completion was heard to say, “I’ll NEVER do that again.” Now I remember why.