In the last three weeks we've had a little weather fly through our neck of the woods. While we absolutely love that this winter has given us a great season of snowshoeing, it did throw a bit of a curve ball for the first long race of the year at Psycho Wyco.
The Iowa Snowshoe State Champs went really well despite being sick on race day. I felt good, had a long warm up, and after the first 5 minutes of racing, was able to really push the gas. Randy Bill and I finished together and I was pleased to know that he was at least breathing hard as we went.
Sarah and I were then to go to Kansas the next weekend for the Psycho Wyco 50K. On the Tuesday before, it snowed 14 inches in Kansas City! I was hoping for a good long effort that would allow for a great training effect three weeks before snowshoe nationals but the 10 inches of snow running for 31 miles was more than I thought would be a positive deal with fear of over-training so close to nationals. So we headed to Eau Claire, WI for a snowshoe race and a solid effort that wouldn't take six hours! (For Real... the winner at Psycho Wyco was the only one to break 5 hours this year.)
Eau Claire was a great trip, a fun course, and a solid effort. Sarah and I both won with a sizable time cushion but the effort was the deal. If you're training for a big race but go into it without a lot of competition under your belt, sometimes it seems to make you feel flat. So we're hoping to be sharp in Vermont in two weeks.
I think it's good to realize that a training plan is just that, a plan. It can be adjusted, tweaked, re-worked, etc. as long as the end goal and hopefully results are positive. Roll with training and know when to adjust in order to continue to make positive fitness gains without over-training or getting hurt.
Tuesday, January 14, 2014
As I eye the next six weeks of training and racing I end up with a bundled array of emotion from racing excitement to anxiety at the proposed goals set ahead. With another three weeks of real training, it's getting close to go time. The first weekend in February we'll head to Kansas for the Psycho Wyco 50K. Three weeks after that we'll head to Vermont for the Snowshoe National Championships. And two week later we'll hit up the Hawkeye 50K as well. So as training leads into competition and that leads into a taper I've begun to try to turn a bit of attention to recovery and how I might go about recovering from the 1st 50K of the year to be ready for SS Nationals and for my second 50K not long after. Winter time is a great time to add new tricks to the bag so I've begun make a mental list of things that I plan to do right after (within 1 hour) the first 50K to really bounce back as well as I can. A Naked Juice Smoothie with some protein and good clean fruit and vegetable ingredients. A massage within 36 hours of that as well as a big focus on hydration and good eating. If all goes well and the legs snap back well for SS Nationals then I'll give a full report of what the plan looked like and how it went. Until then, some more hills, thresholds, and snowshoe workouts. Sounds like my kind of fun.
Monday, December 9, 2013
Tuesday, November 12, 2013
One of the nicest realizations I've had lately has to do with perspective. After spending much of the last 4 to 5 years training for triathlons I've noticed that even in a week of running 70 to 80 miles I still only have about 9 to 10 hours of training load to deal with. That's given me a chance to take a breath and make a plan for the upcoming season. With the Psycho Wyco 50K and Snowshoe Nationals in February of 2014, this will be the first "winter" in a long time that I'll have spent consistent time in the weight room and I can already feel a difference. Off-season strength training is no secret and no joke but it takes time and with a few hours of open training time I'm starting to really enjoy getting strong again. We've also begun to start running "hilly" at least once a week. Without the added fun of living in a place with hilly runs in every direction we have to actually create them. So every week we're running a 5 min. loop that climbs up and down a ravine bed about 2 miles from our house. Is it helping? Hopefully. Today I recorded 1600 ft. of climbing within a 60 min. run so that's better than nothing and we'll be able to test the results soon enough come February's 50K that boast a course that goes up or down and is never flat. Should be fun.