Monday, December 29, 2008

Taking advantage of the Weather

Visitor at our neighbors house as I was just starting out this morning With an absolute beautiful day, a group of us had to take advantage of it and get in some good ol fashion just go out and have fun mountain biking. One of those rides where a group of friends get together and just ride. No training, no intervals, just good ol fun play. A wonderful day. Most of the group had better skills than me and we rode some pretty technical stuff in Palmer Park; Which meant I had to work hard to keep up. I find it good to ride with people better than me now and then, I end of riding stuff I normally wouldn't ride.
Today I want to start putting somewhat of an overall plan together for the Leadman. Generally, I am planning to limit running to 3 - 4 times a week with no long runs over 20 miles except for an occaisonal race of 50k to 50 miles, ride 4 - 5 times a week with long rides up to 6 hours. Keep the intensity fairly low over the winter then start increasing intensity in the Spring and early summer with hill repeats and races. The biggest wrench to any plan right now is going out to San Diego for the next three months. It's that job thing...
Today's ride:
3.8 Hours MTB: Fun, relaxed group ride with some technical grunts througout.
30 Miles mostly technical single track
2100 ft Altitude gain.

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Nice Mix of Riding Today

Pikes Peak was really lookin good this morning! Today was a really fun ride but also a ride that showed me how much out of bike shape I am. Hey its December. Got in 5 hours with a nice mix of single track, technical, fire roads and a little snow & ice to make things interesting.

Ice made some sections tricky!

Zak came over from Durango, since there is way too much snow there to ride. Garden of the Gods was pretty dry. 15 mile run yesterday, just under 5 hour ride today.

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Starting My Quest for LeadMan 09

Well I was looking for something challenging to do this Summer and decided to do the Leadman again, much to the disapproval of Roswitha, my wife. Training for the Leadman pretty much becomes a single focus for the year. It consists of all 5 Leadville events: The Mosiquito Pass Marathon, the Silver Rush 50 Mile Bike Race, the Leadville Trail MTB 100, the Leadville Trail 10K Run, and finally the Leadville Trail 100 Mile Run. I've been combining running and riding for the last couple months, but as of yesterday I officially started training specifically for the LeadMan. So why not start a blog and track the adventure.

Yesterday Moutain Bike in the snow! Always good to get out in the cold and enjoy the fresh air!
Today a semi long run with CRUD They are a great group to run with and very much responsible for getting me through my first LeadMan. Can't think of a funner bunch to run with.