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Training Log Archive: ernst

In the 7 days ending Aug 8, 2020:

activity # timemileskm+m
  Trail running5 12:47:34 61.59(12:28) 99.12(7:45) 3054
  Cycling - Bianci Mt Bike2 1:16:23 10.9(7:00) 17.55(4:21) 79
  Swimming1 20:00 0.4(49:59) 0.64(31:03)
  Total8 14:23:57 72.89(11:51) 117.31(7:22) 3133

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Saturday Aug 8, 2020 #

7 AM

Trail running race 4:53:08 [3] 23.49 mi (12:29 / mi) +1224m 10:44 / mi
shoes: Topo MT3

Ragged 80M Stage 2. This time I wanted to be carful with energy managemnent (read: no cramping!) But today the weather helped along as it was raining on and off to the halfway point (aid station) at Newbury. I also ate my morning breakfast (ham, cheese and egg muffin) just before the aid station. That and the cool temps gave me all the energy I needed for the climb up Mt Sunapee. In fact I ended up carrying way too much water and edibles, that I never touched.

Spending too much time at the aid station (fiddling with pack etc). Chris, Don and Brian got ahead of me - all behind the top 4 again (Brandon, Tom Peter and Jeffrey). So I was 8th. I caught up to Brian and Don on top of Mt Sunapee, to my surprise, I tought I was climbing slowly. Great!

Then I "drafted" behind Brian, the "mountain man" who likes to explode on the downhils. It was terrifying and exhilarating at the same time - we left Don way behind and passed Chris. I would have been much slower doing this alone - cautious as I naturally am.

Then on the 2 miles following on the flats on dirt road and paved road - Brian fell behind, Chris moved ahead, I followed and then passed him solidly, and was now about 2 min behind Peter. Jeffrey, Peter, Don and Chris and Tom all missed the left turn off in the big field (2 blazes on a tree on the left about 40 meters - again I was expecting a left turn based on the map and spotted it easily - we also had been warned about it at the briefing).

Then jogging towards the town of Sunapee, which took a long time to get to on more ups and downs, and some marshy low points. I had been nordic skiing on parts of the trail in March, so the deja vu was giving me a bit of energy, now that the heat started to build up. I was surprised not seeing anybody. Once in town, our route left the SRG greenway but I followed the blazes up School Road, but could not figure out the continuation. Knowing the the Middle School finish should really be on North Street, I bailed, backtracked and finished rather slowly, losing about 4 minutes. Jeffrey - a youngster who still had more energy than I did, just passed me before the finish, he did the same thing - shortly thereafter the organizer put direction sign up. . So I was third. What the heck!

Friday Aug 7, 2020 #

7 AM

Trail running race 5:40:12 [3] 24.54 mi (13:52 / mi) +1433m 11:44 / mi
shoes: Topo MT3

Ragged 80M Stage 1. I felt pretty good on this cool morning running with a pack of guys over Ragged then down to Proctor Academy and then up halfway to Kearsarge. We were behind the leaders 1 to 3. I settled in as 6th but then my legs started to feel funky on the ascending trail to Kearsarge about a mile after the aid station.

I gave my legs a good brake by resting and admiring the 360 degree view on top of Kearsarge, powered up my phone and took and took a selfie. Another guy (Scott) passed me on top and I was close behind him scrambling down the very steep trail - legs now having bouts of cramping. So I had to slow down all the way down to I 87 underpass, but still passed Scott who seem to be seriously fatigued.
Then I ended up passing Don as it turned out since he got lost by the recently downed tree that had prompted a short trail detour. Since I was running with the map in my hands, I knew exactly that I had to reach Kearsarge Valley Road, just 300m over, and voila I magically ended up on the trail again. Finally easy jogging on the last 3 miles to Wadleigh SP. So I was 5th, way beyond my expectations. Brandon Newbould was the lone wolf ahead leading with about 1.5 hours! But I was not far behind the 2nd to 4th. Sweet!

Thursday Aug 6, 2020 #

7 AM

Cycling - Bianci Mt Bike 37:29 [2] 5.4 mi (6:57 / mi) +34m 6:49 / mi

Leisurely bike to COVID testing; but I encountered long line of pedestrians that was not moving at all. So I bagged it. Mid afternoon might be a better time.
3 PM

Cycling - Bianci Mt Bike 38:54 [3] 5.5 mi (7:04 / mi) +45m 6:54 / mi

Tuesday Aug 4, 2020 #

12 PM

Trail running hills 44:40 [3] 4.04 mi (11:03 / mi) +184m 9:41 / mi
shoes: Topo MT3

7 times over "my" hill - including warmup and relaxed but swift continuation.
Gearing up for mountains...Tried to be completely relaxed - form is everything.

Monday Aug 3, 2020 #

7 AM

Trail running 52:37 [3] 6.01 mi (8:45 / mi) +72m 8:26 / mi
shoes: On Cloud grey-black

Sticky this morning. Eventually a warm breeze started up but temps already near 80. Another sweat fest. To make it even more worthwhile I threw in 6 mini sprints on the hill entering Troy's field. But the hill is too short to really make for a good interval training (30 seconds one-way).
7 PM

Swimming 20:00 [3] 0.4 mi (49:59 / mi)

Swim w. Nancy in the Lamprey

Water was beautiful - the roaring winds whipped it up to a uniform coolness.

Sunday Aug 2, 2020 #

6 PM

Trail running intervals 36:57 [3] 3.51 mi (10:32 / mi) +141m 9:21 / mi
shoes: Topo (black)

A late-in-the-day quick run before a late dinner. Cloudy and muggy. Even a few drops of rain - I wished there were more. Interval training on my hill: 10 times up and down trying to maintain 1 minutes each. This usually gets to be hard after iteration 3 or 4. But I only slowed a tad on 8 - 10 - legs were getting heavy. (Training for the Ragged weekend!).

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