1. This has been the week of hills. I rode this past weekend with Kathleen again, as she continues to train for IMAZ. We spent the first 2 hours just riding around Chatfield Reservoir. And then we decided to climb up Deer Creek Canyon
Over 2000' climbed much of it in one 5 mile stretch. It just kept going up and up. Unlike other climbs I've done it never seemed to have those stretches that leveled out it just kept going up! I finally gave up and told Kathleen I was going to have to turn around, we really had no idea where we were headed nor did we have a destination in mind, so we headed back down and froze! The weather has taken a turn toward fall in the last week. We then finished up the 4 hours on a little flatter ground and finished the ride with 50 miles. We will go back and try to go farther up.
2. I'm going to start to incorporated some more hill work in my runs too. As I've mentioned I'm a little nervous about the Rugged Maniac coming up. The run sounds like it will be very hilly (as if the obstacles won't be enough!) So this was my 4 mile run yesterday.
This is my neighborhood. Plenty of hills to run. It went amazingly well. Not fast but steady. I ran the whole thing without having to walk any of the hills. I've learned the key is to not look up to the top of the hill, only look a few feet in front of you and you can't really tell you are going up hill. :)
3. I want to wish lots of luck to those of you racing this weekend, especially those of you out there riding the hills at the Harvest Moon long course! I had hoped to make it out to cheer you on but I don't think it's going to happen, but I will be thinking of you!