"Your biggest challenge isn't someone else. Its the ache in your lungs and the burning in your legs, and the voice inside you that yells 'CAN'T', but you don't listen. You just push harder. And then you hear the voice whisper, 'can'. And you discover that the person you thought you were is no match for the one you really are." ~unknown~
2014 Pikes Peak Marathon
2014 Pikes Peak Marathon, Ready to Rock (or be rocked)
Friday, February 1, 2013
Friday, 02/01/13 Flagstaff via Chapman Drive Trail
6.29 miles/1,083 vert./1:14 up/22 down
Have not yet tried out the new Chapman Drive Trail (at least since it became a legal OSMP trail last month), so I headed over there today with the girls in tow to check out the new changes. Took it really easy going up, walking almost the entire way to Flagstaff Road, letting the girls walk and play in the snow for a long time which they really loved. Once we topped out at the paved road, we headed up the seasonally closed road up toward the amphitheater for a little extra.
The "trail" (dirt road) is reasonably smooth for the most part and the gradient is pretty reasonable for running, even when pushing 100lbs of baby jogger in the snow, so I look to head back there again soon.
The girls were becoming a little impatient at the summit, so I was in a hurry to get them back down, not knowing what kind of speed would be reasonable going down the snowy trail. The first paved section was quick back down to Flagstaff Road and was fun chasing the jogger at 5:50 pace (though a bit scratchy wearing Ice Bug shoes), then we were moving at 6:?? pace for much of the Chapman descent, aside from a few rough spots where we had to slow waaay down. So pretty much a 5k descent in 22:39 which ended up being 7:19 pace.
All official (though I still felt as though I was getting away with something)
Glad to not be having to scuttle under this gate anymore
Isabelle having a blast
Amelie hiking along
Top(ish) of Flagstaff
Thankful for the plastic canopy, as the often times free spinning front wheel really kicked up a severe rooster tail of snow.