Lake Isabelle

Lake Isabelle

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Sanitas

3/4/08
7.2 miles
2,450 vertical
18:10 up Sanitas S. Ridge
11:39 down Sanitas S. Ridge
29:49 RT
175bpm ave HR on the ascent

I felt so good yesterday, I knew I had to give Sanitas a quick run today, just to see where I am at. I did a 1.5 mile warm up, went back to the car to swap out for a lighter jacket and I was off.

I started off at a seemingly fast pace. I really cranked, but soon found myself power hiking on the first steep section. I quickly went back to a run and was feeling OK and keeping a good tempo. At about the half way point, I started to feel as though I was fading a bit and was hacking up a lot phlegm (I think due to the cold air). I kept plugging away, trying to maintain a good pace, but there was no denying it, I was progressively fading. I tried my best to not look at my watch, and only looked at it once at 14:39 before the very short downhill where there is always that puddle. I knew focusing on the watch would not help, if anything it would discourage me.

I went a fast pace on the downhill, but was still being a bit cautious. Afterward, I headed over red rocks toward Settlers, across Eben G, started up Flag, but it was muddy and I was not committed, then backtracked.

Overall, I was pleased with my improvement, as I was 33 seconds faster than I have done all year, but I am still a minute slower than I was in January 2 years ago which is not so good.

Even though I only averaged 175bpm, I felt that I gave it about 95% effort. Why not 100%? I tried, but don't have the fitness to give 100% right now if that makes any sense.

2 comments:

  1. Jeff

    Nice work, nice improvement.

    Question - do you think that comparing where you are in January is a good indicator as to where you will be in August?

    Not trying to be a d*ck but I am not sure there is a correlation there on something as tight as Sanitas.

    Live it.

    GZ

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  2. I don't really think there is a correlation at all. It was more just a loose and meaningless comparison. I think I can be there in a month or so, so I am not at all worried. As you say, Sanitas is so short, it hardly means anything, just the only benchmark I can find now due to trail conditions.

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