Friday, February 28, 2014

Training for the Mountains

"The consequences of falling short made training important. I realized early that controlling the things that I could control gave me greater freedom to address the things that I could not control. And the mountains offered those up in spades." - Mark Twight (Training for the New Alpinism: A Manual for the Climber as Athlete. p. 14)

The consequences that Mark Twight talks about are without a doubt much more serious than the ones I face in my ultra running and racing, but the reality that there are many things outside of my personal determinacy, whether it be on a long alpine run or in a 50 mile race, makes it all the more important to train as if the consequences were indeed the same.

Training, as the our friendly Unicorn reminds us, is indeed at the base of every serious athletic endeavor and with my knee finally feeling a bit better I have been able to begin to rack up some more proper training for the upcoming season. It is wonderful to yet again feel the movement of arms and legs as my lungs gasp for air and my heart beats wildly inside my chest.  The time away has given me time to think about my training, about the mental side of performance, and the necessity to hone both the flesh and blood as well as the mind.

In less than a month I have Old Goats 50 miler scheduled, but my focus is more directed towards Zane Grey 50m in April and ultimately AC100 in August.  That being said, I want to go and run hard at Old Goats, but for all intents and purposes use it to really ready me for Zane Grey a month later.  In the mean time, the harder I can train the better I will be able to suffer in the upcoming months.

This is what it looks like on your first day back to serious training...Chris running away.

Scrambling fun

This was the point I should have realized I was on the wrong trail.

Any day is made better with a Lady Fox run

Going for some flatter mountain miles

New reading.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for the running around in the mountains with me again, it's great to have you back and healthy. Ready to kill it at Old Goats? You're due for a race performance that reveals how fast of a fox you are and I think the course, with a little bit of technical stuff and one long grueling climb, will play to your strengths very well.