Thursday, August 20, 2009

Thursday 9 miles

Am) 9 miles easy in the hills. 7:46 average pace at HR 140. Felt good.
Tomorrow will be 20-22 miles done as 8 mile easy warm-up. Then 3-4 X 3 miles at 5:30 pace. I'm doing this up on Tolland Road by East Portal. I'll run 8 miles up to 9200 ft altitude then run the repeats on a ~1% downhill/ rolling dirt road. Below are pictures of the road. The choice for this route has less to do with Chicago specific training and more to do with a quiet mind. The old (ca.1910)church is at mile 5 and I always look forward to seeing it. There are always fly fishermen behind it on the river. Just past the church there's a huge waterfall next to the road. It's peaceful and beautiful and I won't see but a handful of cars. More elk than cars.





Looking back at Rollinsville- that's where I start.

10 comments:

Brandon Fuller said...

I love that road. Always been considering starting at Rollinsville and seeing if I can make it all the way up to the tunnel closure. Done it on ATV before -- on foot would be a new feat!

Lucho said...

Brandon- I park in Rollinsville and run to East Portal and back. Are you talking about running up Rollins Pass Road!? That would be bad-ass. I've ventured Rollins Pass Rd for a few miles and it's basically a 10ft wide single track trail that goes to the top of the Divide.
Cheers!

Brandon Fuller said...

Moffat Road.

Lucho said...

Ahhhh, up Mammoth Gulch. I ran up Mammoth Gulch a mile, I need to go further to hit Moffat.

GZ said...

That road, by the way, is the course for the Joe Colton race held in June every year (typically Father's Day).

Lucho said...

For serious? I almost did that race... what's the course record! :)

GZ said...

See http://www.joecoltonadventure.org/results.html

I don't see any list of records for the 15 mile run there but I recall Kristian Agnew (I think that was his name) ripping something sick there a few years ago. He was sub sixes on the way up and sub fives on the way down. I talked to him post race and he was saying he needed to back off after the first mile down was a 4:3x ...

Leadville contestant this weekend Flanagan won it this last year.

Tough race weekend the 20th. You also have Mount Washington and Mount Evans the same day.

chr15 said...

Yesterday - I guess being a brit we grew up with Thomas the Tank Engine, before he went Worldwide.

Today - I can see why you always look forward seeing that church it's beautiful countryside. Some places just exude good feeling, I have a few on my usual routes.

Lucho said...

The first mile 'down' is actually mostly uphill... a 4:30 mile uphill at 9200ft during a 15 mile race is African world class.

GZ said...

I don't remember that. I remember it being all down hill ... but the down starts at 7.5 miles out.

I remember that we were thinking about having to beat the train. I heard the train and thought - oh shit. I looked back and saw a guy about 60 yards back. Last thing I wanted was for me to get stuck with a train crossing and he got a free "catch up." We both made it.