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Training Log Archive: SarahD

In the 7 days ending Feb 16:

activity # timemileskm+m
  Running5 22:56:00 89.09(15:27) 143.37(9:36) 4305
  Road cycling1 47:30 9.51(5:00) 15.3(3:06) 89
  Total6 23:43:30 98.59(14:26) 158.67(8:58) 4395

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Sunday Feb 16 #

8 AM

Running 4:10:00 [3] 26.34 km (9:29 / km) +699m 8:23 / km
ahr:106 max:189

GTJaP Day 4 Chalet Gaillard to Chalet de la Frasse. First 10 km on some lovely looking pisted cross-country tracks. Trying to keep off to the side and think we provided more amusement than we got dirty looks. Made for quite easy running and legs were feeling surprisingly ok. Stopped in les Rousses to buy some cheese and sweeties, before continuing on up to Belvedere des Dappes via the downhill ski slopes. From there it was only 6km to the chalet, except that a detour had been signed to avoid some environmental protection area. Then met some environmental police and had an interesting discussion... think they were scolding us for being on the ski tracks whilst pointing to the raquettes route... all fine except there hadn’t been one of them up to that point and there was zero signing as to where it actually went! Chalet in good time for a nice chill and recovery before the final leg.

Saturday Feb 15 #

8 AM

Running 4:30:00 [3] 28.55 km (9:27 / km) +875m 8:12 / km
ahr:90 max:182

GTJaP D3 Source du Doubs to Chalet Gaillard. Blue sky day :-) Ice was the only enemy early on with yesterday’s slush / melt having frozen overnight. Made good progress on snow free valley tracks before climbing back into it . Then found ourselves on some prepped ski tracks on the descent to Chapelle-des-Bois. Tried to stick to the edge and was maybe just imagining some scowls from passing skiers. Just midday when we reached C de B and with only 7 km to go we were able to enjoy a relaxed soup stop. Steep climb up the escarpment on the other side of the valley before a pleasant (if lumpy snowy) trot along the top with some good views. Not in any sort of rush but still at the refuge by 3pm. Almost felt like a holiday today!

Friday Feb 14 #

8 AM

Running 6:30:00 [3] 38.2 km (10:13 / km) +964m 9:04 / km
ahr:116 max:186

GTJaP D2 Verrières to Source de la Doubs. Woke to find that the forecast rain overnight had fallen as snow and the visibility was also bugger all. Long way to go again and knew that progress would be slow through the deeper snow. After spending the first 10km rueing our lack of planks, it started to rain and the snow turned to slush - no more fun but at least skis wouldn’t have helped! Made ok time to Hôpitaux-Neufs and after a coke and crisps decided to crack on with plan A up onto Mont d’Or and then a long steady descent through the forest. There was a bit of Scottish downhill ski dodging on the climb but soon we were on the ridge and even met some other people without skis on their feet. The snow turned to slush and then disappeared completely on the run down through the forest. Good day which for once turned out less epic than anticipated. Beer earned nonetheless. Felt less sore and tired at the end than yesterday, maybe due to lower intensity. Various foot / achilles niggles from all the snow running though.

Thursday Feb 13 #

9 AM

Running 7:00:00 [3] 43.68 km (9:37 / km) +1627m 8:06 / km
ahr:120 max:201

GTJ a pied D1. Brenets - Sur le Monts des Verrières. After a good journey managed to make a mistake in the circle getting on the local train rather than a bus at Le Locle and ending up in Brrnets 3km from our planned start point at Col des Roches. Eventually got ourselves back on route though and following the ridge line of the Swiss French border, heading south. Mix of trails from tarmac to dirt road, single track and less. Enough snow on the ground to make running a bit awkward but had defo made the right decision to leave the skis at home. Plodded on steadily . Grey day with some wind in the open areas but getting reasonable shelter in the forest. Thankfully the threatened storm conditions didn’t arrive until we were snug in our auberge for the night. Long way and a nav error late on didn’t help - adding a couple more km and good bit of extra climb. Recovering well in the luxury of an upmarket overnight stop - won’t be like this all the way!

Wednesday Feb 12 #

Note
(rest day)

Travelling

Tuesday Feb 11 #

11 AM

Running hills 21:00 [4] 2.7 km (7:47 / km) +140m 6:11 / km
ahr:152 max:173

7x2'+1' reps up to the Craigmore trig point. Solid. Weird feeling getting the legs to move faster on the flattish 2 at the start - they're clearly not used to this!

Running 25:00 [3] 3.9 km (6:25 / km)

From Potties, jog out north track to start of reps, then back off the top of the hill after. Feeling sluggish at the start, but warmed up into it and a lot better by the end.

Monday Feb 10 #

3 PM

Road cycling 47:30 [2] 15.3 km (3:06 / km) +89m 3:01 / km
ahr:111 max:132

Easy spin out from Aboyne on the SD Rd to Dinnet then back by the DW. Snow flurries and a bitter headwind on the way out. Discovered that the DW is currently being rebuilt for much of the return, and it was even less smooth than normal. Eventually bailed out to the A93 when I met the machinery. Cold hands and feet. Don’t do winter cycling usually.

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