Met up with Jeff today and ran long-ish. Neither of us were very motivated to start but we ended up having a great run. My average HR was 148 (Jeff's was 138 so he won) and we averaged 7:05 pace.
I end the week with 61 miles, maybe the first time I've not jumped back in to high mileage immediately. My loose goal is to increase mileage by ~10 miles each week, then every 4th week cut it by ~40%. So my next 3 weeks might look like- 70 miles/ 80 miles/ 50 miles. Then start the next 4 week block at 70 miles, then 80, then 90. I am fairly determined not to break 100 miles until late summer of next year and Jeff is going to help to keep me on track and be my sounding board. He knows me very well and will help me to keep perspective.
The mountain home is ours!! The issues with the sellers have been resolved and we should be in by the 19th of December. We'll be living in our dream home in our dream location.
Keeping my perspective on volume will be crucial for me once we are living at 8200ft. It will be quite easy to tip over the edge of training fatigue. I'm completely thrilled for the new challenge though! It's going to be brutal training and that excites me. GZ has me intrigued over the Pikes Peak races. Damn you again GZ ;) I think he even rubbed off on to James as he's considering it also (Beth, you in?). If I'm living at high altitude near the Continental Divide.. then Pikes would be a good fit.