2014 Pikes Peak Marathon

2014 Pikes Peak Marathon
2014 Pikes Peak Marathon, Ready to Rock (or be rocked)

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Wednesday, 06/04/08 Green Mountain via SuperFlag (road)

Green Mountain via SuperFlag (road)
~10 miles/2,800 vertical
37:59 SuperFlag
53:22 Green

After running SuperFlag yesterday at a moderate rate, I was kind of itching to get out and give it a faster effort today. I started at Chautauqua and had a few minute warm-up to the start of the climb. I started my watch at the bridge and hit it pretty hard right off the bat. I was not at all feeling my best, but was proud to maintain my effort at a high level the entire way. I seemed to be able to maintain a steady turnover and kept an efficient stride. Toward the top, I knew I would have to really work to beat 38 and I kept the effort near max. On the final stretch, my watch seemed to be flying toward 38 and I was sprinting for all I was worth to slip in under 38 and made it in 37:59. Without breaking stride, I banged a hard left onto the West ridge trail, made it to the 4 way in 50, then the summit in 53:22, left the summit at 54, went down fairly quick, but still conservative and arrived back at the car at 1:23 (1:27 total with warmup). I felt decent today and gave it all I had, but I am not sure my legs were the best they could be, maybe I’ll give it another go next week.

Tuesday, 6/03/08 Green via SuperFlag (road)

Green Mountain via SuperFlag (road)
~9 mile/2,700 vertical
40:50 up road

Had a great run w/George up the road for a little Mt. Evans training. The pace felt a bit fast in the beginning, but that was mainly because I was not warmed up and we were talking. George decided to back off since he went really hard the day before and was feeling it. I plugged along at a moderate pace, just trying to focus on form, consistency and stride. Got to the top in 40:50, jogged down a bit to meet George as he was a few minutes back (I think he finished in 43:??). We then took a short breather and continued on to the summit of Green along the West side route, I think we made the summit in 1:02 or 1:03?? Took it easy going down, and then bumped into Kraig K at Chautauqua and talked with him for a while. Can’t wait to do this one again a little faster.