With a little race up a 14,115 foot Mountain coming up on now less than 2 weeks - I feel the need to train. So with 2 weeks on the bike and eliptical to try and gain some base training, I launched into the running last Thursday. 1 mile a day is not much of a launch, but I had to start somewhere. While most people taper prior to such an event - I don't have a choice but to try and put miles and time on the legs. Wobbly at times, swollen and achy also. But overall I have tried hard to ease back into it and not pushed too hard so as to have a setback.
Yesterday, after some lengthy mowing and weed wacking around the house in the morning - my family and I went to Spruce Mtn and did a leisurely 6 mile hike, in just under 2 hours. Aside from a fun family time, we all came out unscathed, my knee included - and celebrated ice cream style in Palmer Lake. I was quite pleased with the climb up and down, plus 2 hours moving on my feet - that I felt like I am ready to ramp up the running some more.
So today I decided to do a 10K.
This was not your Grandmother's 10K. This one took some driving to get to.
Drove up to the Summit, then proceeded to walk the majority of the way down, mixing in a few sections of careful jogging, to the A-Frame Shelter, just below timberline. Going downhill is when the knee aches the most and I felt it getting less functional and more swelling as I went - but really not too bad.
|1500 feet straight down|
|#12 and me|
|Summit view from A-Frame|
Overall, 6 1/4 miles (we will call that a 10K), 2200 feet down, then 2200 feet up. Total time 2:15. Definitely 2 weary bodies, eased by being topped off with donuts, very happy and not really too sore.
What does this mean for the Ascent in 2 weeks - I don't know, but I'm feeling stronger each day. There is no way I won't finish it - lightning strikes aside. I don't how fast, or slow, I'll do it. But the thought came to mind on the slow drive down Pikes Peak Highway - is that a week after the Ascent is the Pikes Peak Road Ascent (from the Toll gate to Glen Cove), that won't be easy at all - may be just as tough as the Ascent - but I am wondering if it is something I could do.
First things first - I've got 14,115 feet to get up again.