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Training Log Archive: Ari-o

In the 7 days ending Feb 26:

activity # timemileskm+m
  Ski4 5:35:08 51.88(6:28) 83.49(4:01) 1622
  Run2 35:16 4.12(8:34) 6.63(5:19) 75
  Total5 6:10:24 56.0(6:37) 90.12(4:07) 1696

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Sunday Feb 26 #


More later but …

I beat Caitlin Patterson by 3 minutes at Craftsbury.
She beat me yesterday by 20.

Makes me wonder if having norovirus last week maybe wasn't great for my race …
10 AM

Ski 32:10 [1] 3.53 mi (9:07 / mi) +112m 8:18 / mi
ahr:122 max:171

Lincoln and Jess's flight was canceled so we drove up with them to demo day. Elena and I tried some Kaestle skis (since Mike might have a bunch) and they were … skis? IDK it's hard to tell if one ski is faster than another for me. Even more beautiful of a day. And those trails and woods … ski-o … drool.

Saturday Feb 25 #

8 AM

Run 4:39 [1] 0.46 mi (10:07 / mi)
ahr:144 max:176

Jogging to the men's room (side of a snowmobile trail)

Ski 2:49:14 [3] 30.77 mi (5:30 / mi) +879m 5:03 / mi
ahr:63 max:93

So that was … different. Preparation went fine, feeling good on the start line, gun goes off, start to shift through the gears once the accordioning stops and … there are no gears to shift through. I thought I was recovered from the past month of mostly being sick, but there was nothing there. I felt like I was pushing hard, and I skied evenly, holding onto 250th place (or so) the whole way.

This is not to complain, it was a beautiful day, the trail was perfect. But it is slight concern, because one of the other skiers in our group said "I expected to see you near me, you're Mr. Consistency" and he's not wrong: I've finished between 154th and 204th every year since 2009. 260th is a significant outlier! The Occam's Razor explanation is that I was still quite depleted from the norovirus last week, and never fully recovered (apparently it can stick around, and maybe my stomach isn't absorbing nutrients well, which would explain not being particularly hungry during or after the race).

I also don't really have a benchmark from the past few months. One attempt at a November Project PR that didn't go great, but other than that no half or full marathon to go off of since last April. In the past decade I've run every marathon in a 6 minute window and every half in 4 minutes (aside from one at like 8000 feet). So if New Bedford is between 1:22 and 1:26, I'll chalk this up to cold + noro. (My 800s a few weeks ago may have been a sign, but that was pre-noro.) If that's outside the window (if the weather is normal, anyway) I'll start thinking about an awkward note to my doctor: "hi this might not seem like a medical concern but I just ran a 1:31 half marathon and that is a significant outlier and maybe there's some blood work that could be done?"

This seems to have been relatively recent, my time was 18% more than Craftsbury, and everyone else who skied both (and not out of the 7th wave) was in the 1 to 14% range (all but 1 in 1-8%). A 10% increase would have had me at 2:37, right where I would have expected. I noticed Caitin Patterson's time because I saw her on the flight out, had bested her by 3 minutes at Craftsbury, and she was 20 minutes faster at the Birkie (the women had a bit harder job at Craftsbury, on the first lap at least). Not a lot else to go off of so just hoping it's just lingering depletion from a month of being sick and that I'll wind up recovering.

Anyway, the rest of the afternoon was lovely, lots of fun podcasting, lots of sun, seeing all the people (but not actually all the people) and soaking it all in. Next year is #18 which is crazy, Facebook flashed up "here is your memory from 17 years ago" and it was my first. Wow, I'm old. Maybe it's that.

Friday Feb 24 #

12 PM

Ski 51:34 [1] 6.76 mi (7:38 / mi) +194m 7:00 / mi
ahr:125 max:185

So lovely in the woods. North End trails groomed but very soft, Birkie Trail hadn't been touched. Could ski here forever (might should come out some weekend next year if they have snow non-Birkie and just ski forever).

Wednesday Feb 22 #

6 PM

Run 30:37 [1] 3.66 mi (8:22 / mi) +75m 7:52 / mi
ahr:94 max:149

Jogaroo on some Somerville streets to Market Basket.

25 rides down means 40 in 17 days once we're back from Birkie.

Monday Feb 20 #

3 PM

Ski 1:22:10 [1] 10.82 mi (7:36 / mi) +436m 6:45 / mi
ahr:128 max:212

Elena was up late editing a paper or something so we didn't go to Dublin in the morning and she had to meet with students in the afternoon. But Jess was interested in going up so, off we went. We should have taken her electric car, but alas did not.

Dublin was kind of worth the drive? Certainly better than Weston (and certainly worth the drive given the state of Weston canceling World Champs). I wanted to ski on my Birkie race skis to make sure the binding swap worked out okay since I have yet to do so, and they seemed fine. The snow started out super slow and slushy and the first half hour barely qualified as fun but then it cooled down a bit and the trails got funner.

Still a craptastic ski year here and a bit jealous of the Midwest. If I can make it out there.

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