Saturday, January 31, 2015

January 25 - January 31

1/25, Sunday - Trails - 8 miles, 1,900', 2:04
Ran to the 3rd and scrambled the first pitch and a half before aborting due to the torrents of running water. The first gully had a measurable depth of water pouring down along with the occasional ice pellet shower - a fine recipe for disaster. Ran around a little bit more, but without microspikes any ascending or descending movements were near impossible. Did the last 1.5 miles barefoot on a grass field given the nice weather.

1/26, Monday - Green Mtn - 10 miles, 3,000', 2:10
Up Gregory-Ranger down Saddle Rock with the Rocky Mountain Runners. Took a hard fall going up on a sheet of ice, but the carnage was minimal at worst. Super warm day and night, I was fine in shorts and a t-shirt even going downhill in the dark. I was probably stopped for 10 to 15 minutes of the time waiting to regroup, but didn't bother to pause the watch.

1/27, Tuesday - 2nd Flatiron + Green Mtn - 9 miles, 3,000', 2:09
After jogging from home I bumped into Mark Oveson in the parking lot, a pioneer of many local routes, (notably the "Fast Pfiffner" and the "Kasparov Traverse"). The scramble and subsequent grunt to the summit felt quite groggy, a lot of hiking for sure. On the brightside, the timing of my scramble perfectly coincided with when the sunrise bathes the normally "red-ish" rock in rich a crimson, making the whole experience feel oddly divine, if only for a few minutes.

1/28, Wednesday -2nd Flatiron + Green Mtn - 9 miles, 3,000', 2:06
Felt fairly tired until I stepped onto the rock and a normal energy level took over. I still ended up hiking most of the way up to Green due to ice, 40% grade of the social trail and general laziness. Standard pleasant day on the mound.
Scrambling up the Freeway looking to the South Block of the 2nd and 3rd just beyond.
June-uary in Boulder!
1/29, Thursday - 2nd Flatiron + Green Mtn - 9 miles, 3,000' 1:56
Super sore legs this morning - not that I would expect much else - still, I managed to have good overall energy. After not hardly scrambling for a month, I finally felt regained a flow in continuous movement which makes the perpetual crawl so fantastic. Clocking in at 10 minutes flat up the Freeway I was reminded of just how fun redlining the route is. On the right day with the right route I'd like to think sub-9 is possible.
Behind the 1st Flatiron and Sunset Flatironette at sunrise. Getting up early to run is getting easier with view like this.
1/30, Friday - 2nd Flatiron + Green Mtn - 9 miles, 3,000', 1:54
The goal for today was to put in an all out effort on the 2nd, so I purposefully took it easy on the jog up and gave myself a minute to re-oxygenate my lungs and legs before the attack. I got the time at 8:41, a PR by 20 seconds. Finished up to the summit and trotted back home.

I'm currently taking a fairly in depth course on electromagnetic waves, which has made each sunrise I've seen this week far more technically intriguing than I would have predicted. Obviously, there is some sort of refraction taking place given the angle of incidence. I haven't studied wave equations besides uniform plane waves (and I highly doubt sunlight is TEM), but it would seem that the transmitted frequency has a significant dependence on the attenuation and thus the dielectric, conductivity and permittivity properties of the atmosphere (which is not the case with a TEM wave). Interesting stuff!

1/31, Saturday - 2 x Green Mtn - 13 miles, 5,200' 2:57
Despite being the last day the 3rd was open until July it was cold and dreary enough that I said nay to scrambling. So instead I did two laps on the mountain, using the Amphitheater/Saddle-Rock/Greenman trails for the ascent and descent on both laps. First lap was up in 41:30, second was 46:55; taking the descents as easy ~25min each time. One water bottle, one gel, energy and legs were great the whole time.

Week Totals:
69 miles
21,900' climbed
15:17 on foot

This was one of my best weeks of running ever, by several aspects. It was easily the most consistent and the best I've ever felt physically producing this level of climbing and miles. Most important though, is that I don't feel overstretched like I often do after a big week - often I'll need to take a couple days easy if not completely off. Right now I feel completely in control and ready to take on another week of the same.

Last, this song (amongst all of Savant and Infected Mushroom's music) has been stuck in my head all week. This one's chorus seemed particularly fitting to week defined by early mornings and running up a mountain. Infected Mushroom is one of the seemingly few electronic acts that doesn't just produce catchy garbage.

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