hiking6:48:19 13.95 mi (29:16 / mi) +2170ft25:31 / mi ahr:115 max:171
Did this with Barb Bryant. Neither one of us wanted to push it; we were more interested in whether we could get through something this long and work together well as a team. Sort of a trial run for doing a rogaine together. That said, the length and time and climb was going to be more than anything I've done recently. So the plan was to get the mandatory controls, a handful of optional ones if they were on the way, take it easy and try to enjoy it.
And we were successful on all fronts. It was beautiful weather and we had a good time. I was second guessing things a lot - just not getting my head into AR mentality well enough I suppose. Made two errors - one in the prologue when I thought Barb said no she hadn't gotten it when she said yes she had so I thought we had to keep going and a second one when they switched to a 1:5000 scale and I didn't notice and climbed way too far. (The format was neat - you got one map with the 5 mandatory controls and then at each one of those you got a second map showing a bunch of optional ones that you could get on the way to the next mandatory one. The additional maps were all different scales.)
In the end we got 7 additional controls - all the ones we tried for. We deliberately skipped optional controls that were in the worst of the rocks after really struggling with a boulder field early on. And then we had to choose whether to walk around on a relatively flat road a couple miles to the finish from the last mandatory control or go up and over the mountain and we chose to go around. Not really in the spirit or the race, but it was a good choice for us.
Work with trainer. Highlights were chest presses with 15lb weights in each hand and side and front arm raises using 8lbs. Ended with a weighted wall sit for 2:15 - I probably could have gone longer but I was bored and she only wanted 2:00 so I called it a day.
My back is still a little sore and I don't want to overdo things before Saturday.