2014 Pikes Peak Marathon

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

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Tuesday, 05/25/10 Green Mountain

Ran Green via Amphi/Saddle/Greenman today.  After feeling a bit sluggish (crappy) the previous day, I was not sure which way things would go today.  I had it in my head that I would go moderate at most, but start off easy and just feel it out.  Started up Amphi really casual, but even going casual with a low HR, I arrived at the 1st jct. in 6:30 which was not too bad considering.  My legs felt surprisingly good, so I upped the intensity a bit, but was still not at all committed or really pushing.  Hit the Saddle/Greenman jct. in 18:37 and was buoyed by the time, so I continued to ratchet up the tempo.  I was sure I would be in the 33 range, so I did not dig too deep, but as I got closer, I knew a sub 33 was in the cards.  I cranked hard through the final steps and switchbacks, but again missed PR by seconds.  I was not at all bummed by this though, as I was only 2 seconds off last trip, but was six beats per minute lower and my percieved effort was comparatively easier as well.  Easy at the start, moderate in the middle, hard near the top, might have to play with this combo a bit soon and I am sure I can PR on the right day.  I turned around to backtrack my ascent route and pushed somewhat hard on the down, feeling like everything was clicking well.  Excellent day on Green.

Splits:

Gregory lot: 0:00
Amphi/Saddle: 6:30
1st jct.: 12:ish
Overlook: 14:14?
Greenman jct.: 18:37
Summit 32:41 (avg HR 168/max 183)
Descent: 20:34 (avg HR 157/max 171)