Countdown to Hardrock

Wow, I can’t believe May is almost over. It’s been almost a month since I’ve had time to post any updates here. I’ve been too busy trying to keep up with work in between training and have been spending all of my spare time obsessing over weather reports, snow levels, maps, and split times.

Overall, May has been a great month. Unfortunately our record snow pack conditions have prevented me from getting up in elevation very far so I’ve tried to concentrated on increasing the quality of my training with a little better effort on my long runs, speed work, and strength training.

I started the month with a great 50 mile run with Victoria at Collegiate Peaks.

Victoria at the Collegiate Peaks 50 Miler

Got a couple good back to back long runs in with Nick’s Crosier Triple Bagger and the Round Up with Nick, Alex, Rob, Slush, Cat, and all the rest of the usual FCTR suspects.

Round Mountain Round Up

This weekend I got out to do some exploring to see how far up I could get from Dunraven. I made it up to 9750ft almost to Donner Pass before getting bogged down in solid shin deep snow. Hopefully the 80 degree days on the forecast this week will melt this off – I may make another attempt to get up and over the pass next weekend.

9750ft on the Donner Pass trail.

And here’s a really good reason that I should never attempt any solo route finding and probably shouldn’t ever enter the Barkley Marathons or any other race that requires the use of a map and compass. Nick and I tried to make it up Crosier via the Sullivan Gulch trailhead today just to try something new and have fun exploring. The trail disappeared after a mile and we spent the next several hours wandering around in circles in the fog. We "found" the trail again just by dumb luck. Our original plan to get in a nice 15-20 mile run ended up at 5.5 miles in just under 3 hours. Fail.

(Click here for a larger map.)

I’ve still managed to keep up with a regular running schedule with Animal House. This month I’ve been working with Mickey but he already has someone interested in adopting him. If it falls through, I’ll post more info about him later.

Mickey from Animal House.

Tomorrow is the start of the final count down to Hardrock. Next week is hell week. I’ll be running more than I plan to work to put in as many long, hard miles, as I can. After that I’ll scale back down to another 100 mile week before winding down a very gradual 3 week taper. If the race were next week, I think I could run it. So I’m feeling really good about having one more opportunity to push some quality training and several weeks to sharpen, taper, and rest up to be ready to go on July 8th.

  • Rob

    May 30th, 2011

    You got closer to Donner Pass than I would have guessed. I still want to figure out all of the trail options up there going from Dunraven/Miller Fork. I wouldn’t do any trail finding expeditions with “Wrong Turn” Clark, though. You should know better.

    I hate to ask what a “hell week” is for you. Something like 100K feet of vertical in 7 days?

  • Pete

    May 30th, 2011

    I’m going to try to go up Dunraven again on Friday to see if I can get through. If not, I want to try to figure out some routes on Storm. Let me know if you want to join me. And I’d like to pass the blame to Nick for our failure to find the Sullivan trail connector to Crosier. But I was the one navigating most of the time. I think I was 0 for 10 guessing which direction we were going each time Nick checked his compass. And that weird dog leg between 3 and just before 4 when we “found” the trail was me following what I thought was a fairly direct route. Oops. It’s really a miracle that we found out way back to the car.

  • Nick Clark

    May 30th, 2011

    Glad you clarified on who was navigating.

  • Rob

    May 30th, 2011

    Thanks, but I won’t be able to join you on Friday. I’ll be curious to hear how much snow melts by then.

  • Slush

    May 31st, 2011

    That’s the most hysterical map I’ve ever seen! I’m jealous I missed out on that particular adventure.

  • Aaron Kennard

    June 14th, 2011

    Dude, your beard is looking magnificent. You are well on your way to winning the hardrock beard contest for sure.

  • Pete

    June 14th, 2011

    Thanks! Based on the test run on Evans last weekend, I think with the right tailwind I can use it like a wing suit to fly straight down to Grouse Gulch off the top of Handies Peak.

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