In anticipation of actually getting internet at the house this evening after the lightening strike last Monday, I figured I’d get started updating what’s been happening for awhile.
The first week of June, I went up to Aspen to participate in the second meeting of the Polartec Athlete Advisory Board. We enjoyed great food and discussed product we have been testing (including Power Shield Pro and others I cannot discuss) as well as new ideas and future product. JustAZipper.com has a nice recap of the week if you’re interested otherwise all I can say is that I’m very excited about what’s to come from Polartec!
Axel and I left directly from Aspen and headed to Vail (I was a bit spoiled that week) for the Teva Mountain Games. Ian and Juniper had been there for a few days, Ian working and Juniper playing with some friends. The last two summers I have competed in the Ultimate Mountain Challenge consisting of four events in two days and the two years before that in the adventure race. With Ian working and Axel only eight weeks old, I had to skip the UMC and just race in the 10K trail run on Sunday morning. This 10K is unlike any other I have raced including trail races – it is brutal. Most of the climbing is so steep that even the leaders are relegated to fast hiking so I was happy to finish just a minute or so slower than my time from last year (even with a stop to dump the rocks from my shoes). I missed competing in it all but it just wasn’t possible this year.
Dropping some ounces before the mountain bike race.
Lindsay at Carmichael Training Systems has been working hard to get me faster after the pregnancy and had me doing hill repeats and intervals throughout the week with a mountain bike race mixed in. My legs were sufficiently tired after Saturday’s running repeats and then we headed to Boulder for the Newton Running Form Symposium and Clinic. Danny Abshire (Newton founder) and Ian Adamson (my old adventure race teammate) gave a great talk on the importance of proper running form to help prevent injuries and increase speed and efficiency. After an hour and a half run through Boulder and up Mt. Sanitas in the pouring rain on Sunday morning, I joined the Newton crew again for the form clinic. About thirty runners showed up to have their form critiqued and to practice what we had learned the night before. If you are able to get to one of these clinics, I highly suggest it! If you can’t make one, check out this video for some great tips.
Despite having missed two training sessions early in the week, I had an awesome twelve mile run with both kids in the Chariot this morning. With the temperature perfect, the wind still somewhat calm and not many people on the path, I was able to push my sixty pounds at an average 7 min. 50 sec. per mile pace. With all the foundation CTS has been having me build, I’m excited to get to the next phase of my training when I start to really prepare for racing again. I think I may be able to set some PRs and push the pace in some mountain bike races.
Start of the Vail Pass Hill Climb Time Trial. The last of four events.
I’m really looking forward to the next four days but they’re also going to be super busy. Tomorrow Ian and Juniper leave for Vail for the Teva Mountain Games and Axel and I head to Aspen to meet with the Polartec Athlete Advisory Board.
Sometime in the midst of packing for Juniper, driving to Aspen to pick up truck parts, going to the grocery store, nursing, parenting, etc. today, I’m hoping to get out for an hour ride and some hill intervals. It’s at these times that I’m thankful for the 1,490 feet of climbing in three miles up to our house – perfect for hill repeats.
Tomorrow I’m looking forward to a day with Axel and then dinner in Aspen with the Polartec group. Friday we’ll be brainstorming new product before I head to Vail as well. For the past few years I have competed in the Ultimate Mountain Challenge, racing four events in two days. As amazing and fun as that is, this year I’m looking forward to enjoying the other aspects of the mountain games including the kids areas and cheering my friends on. I hope to run the 10k trail race Sunday morning to see just how slow I am in comparison to last year.
I better get on with my large list of to dos so I can enjoy the hill repeats this evening.
It was a terrific, long, painful and exhilarating weekend of racing at the Teva Mountain Games. Ian and I both competed in the Ultimate Mountain Challenge, a combination of four races over two days. It was a marathon weekend, which we couldn’t have gotten through without the help of my mother who flew in from RI to support us and watch Juniper.
Without further ado, let’s get to the racing:
Race 1 – Downriver Kayak Sprint
Race 2 – Mountain Bike XC (Ian had to race 4 laps and I did 3 so we’ll do a little math here)
Ian: total time: 2:18:56 ÷4 laps = 34:45:44 avg. lap time x 3 = 1:44:11
Race 3: 10K Trail Run
Race 4: Vail Pass Time Trial
Final Cumulative Times
A difference of 47 seconds. So, I can claim bragging right this year, but clearly you can’t find a much more evenly matched couple. Oh, and I won the real Ultimate Mountain Challenge, beating my good friend and super-tough competitor Gretchen Reeves. Surprisingly, no other women signed up for the race (leaving a $500 prize unclaimed). Ian got 5th overall in the men’s pro division. Read more here.
We’re off to Richmond, VA this weekend to visit Ian’s family and race the Xterra Atlantic Cup on Sunday. Hope I’ve recovered by then….
The family, including my mom, is headed over to Vail this weekend for the Teva Mountain Games Ultimate Mountain Challenge. Last year I raced well for the four events – downriver kayak, mountain bike, trail 10k and Vail Pass time trial – to place second among the women behind Gretchen Reeves and just ahead of Keri Nelson. I know Gretchen is back to defend her title and I believe Keri will be back trying to better her performance from last year. I’m not sure how fit I’m feeling this year, but the challenge will be a good one.
After running around with Juniper in tow last year, Ian decided he was up for the challenge this year. It was a difficult decision whether to race pro or amateur but after some coaxing from me he decided to go for the pro race. The only difference is the mountain bike race – 4 laps versus 2. The pro women do three laps of the mountain bike course so unfortunately Ian and I aren’t quite racing head to head. Bummer, because that would have been the best race out there.
Ian and I will still be battling it out in the kayak race, 10k and hill climb. It should be some fun, family competition. May the best spouse win!