Here a couple of pics from the race-
My son Ben negotiating with me for more watermelon, his 5th piece.
I'm excited after today. I raced and won a 12k in the mountains, in my own neighborhood to be exact. When they have a mountain race in your neighborhood at high altitude you're living in a cool place I think. I broke 90 miles for the week at mile 4 of the race and felt awesome. I think this shows a lot in terms of how hard a 100 mile week is for me now. I put a HR cap (surprised?) of 170 (my marathon HR is ~165) on my effort with the option to actually race if I had a chance to win. At mile 2 there is a climb that hits 18% and I held my HR down to under 170 and dropped the field with the exception of Bill Fanselow. I was able to hold him at ~20" until mile 5 when we hit the last big climb before descending for 2 miles to the finish. Having my HR below 170 left me with a full tank and tons of reserve effort(GZ- we have discussed this aspect of HR training). I was holding what felt like marathon effort and I felt very comfortable. So I sprinted, very suddenly, up the hill and elevated my HR immediately to 180 and caught Bill and passed him, holding on to my lead to the finish. The first half mile of the descent went in ~2:25. There is a climb in the last mile that hurt, but other than that this was a tempo run. I'm psyched about two things from today- being able to elevate after 90 miles of solid running (tempo run yesterday during a 20 mile day), and being fit enough aerobically to drop most of a field of runners with a relatively low HR cap. These point straight towards the level of fitness I have right now.
Note: I ran 45:35 (6:10 pace)which would have had me beaten by over 2:00 in previous years by true mountain studs like Ames, Batliner and Vail. I simply got lucky with the win today. Partly because of who didn't show up and also the fact that Bill Fanselow is coming off a blown achilles. He's only been training a little bit. He is a mountain stud when he's healthy and has come within 8" of making the US team that goes to the mountain running world championships. So ya, I got lucky.