Lake Isabelle

Lake Isabelle

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Tuesday, 11/03/09 Sanitas

Ascent: 18:43
Descent: 14:00

My plan was to warm up on the first section of trail and then go moderate, but as I got to the first trail junction just below the 2nd bridge, my timing could not have been more (less) perfect as I arrived there at the same time as a fit looking runner, going at a decent pace. If at work, I might have paused and said “no, you first”, but I decided to speed my stride and edge onto the now merged trail ahead of him.

Now I have committed myself and I up the pace a bit. I am going too hard for my planned “warm up” and feel as though I am really sucking wind. To make matters worse, this guy is matching me stride for stride. I almost said screw it and let him pass, but my ego would not allow it. We hit the steepest initial steps and I transition from running to long hiking strides, as is normal for about 10 steps in this section and he is now 10 feet behind and falling back a foot or two with every step I take. It is not long before I have him completely out of site, but I keep up the pace as to take no chances. Once I am sure my gap is in minutes, a fade a bit, semi deliberate, but mostly because I started off too fast and I don’t think my body was up for a real push today.

I make the summit in a disappointing 18:43, which seemed outlandish for the effort I was putting into it. My throat was also trashed, there was something about the air quality, dryness, temperature or something that has me hacking up a lung. It felt as though I was sucking on a metallic lozenge and it only got worse through the night, earning me a spot in the guest bedroom (it felt as though I was drowning when I laid down and I would panic myself awake gasping for air).

On the way down, I passed the guy who initially kicked me into gear after I had been descending for 2:30, so I am guessing he ended up being 5-6 minutes back.

2 comments:

  1. A "disappointing" 18:43? Yikes! Well, nothing like a little perceived competition to push you a little harder. Hope the lung stress eases up soon. More days of great weather on the way.

    JRP

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  2. Thanks Jim, the lungs are getting better. Every now and then this happens to me, most likely when I push myself somewhat hard, but not always. I am sure it has something to do with how my lungs react to certain types of air (dry, lots of particulates?), as this only happens once in a while and there are many days I push really hard and don't have it happen.

    My time was only disappointing to me because of my percieved effort, it seemed to me to be harder than when I ran it 2:20 faster last September.

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