Sunday, August 22, 2010

My feet have ADD.

Yesterday was the 4th in the 5 Peaks Series - Whistler. 

I did not run it......  now hold on - I have some good reasons. 

This was supposed to be a down year and well I came to the realization that I am pretty much training as hard as I did last year for Ironman - just minus the swimming.  I am training 6 days a week in preparation for the Gran Fondo and the New York Marathon.  It is taking its toll on me.

For those who have not trail raced it is a double-edged sword - the course are stunning - when you get a chance to look around.  They are fun, exciting, terrifying and super challenging.  There is no down-time or auto pilot on a trail race- you are in the moment the whole race.  I love it.  I am not great at them but am getting alot better and look forward to the runs as exhausting and difficult as they can be. 

The thing about trail running is you have to trust your feet.  Your brain already reads and tells your feet what to do.  But what do you do when your feet have ADD?!?  This is what I said to my trail coaches - Tom and Duncan.  See my brain tells my feet rock, root, rock and my feet go got it!  Then 2 seconds later my feet go - ooohhhh pretty flower and I am on my ass or hobbling with a rolled ankle. 

The last trail race was about 4 weeks ago on the top of Mount Seymour - it is supposed to be the toughest and most technical course - I believe them it was brutal - even the mountain goats were like dumb humans!  Anyways I ran it and while I did not roll an ankle I did tweak my right ankle - and ever since then I have been having some issues.  Nothing so major as to make me stop running but it has been causing me some issues. Specifically my ankle keeps locking up - even on bike rides now and foot has been going numb - this i probably not a good thing....

So based on those minor issues and the fact that I have 2 big races coming up and am leading a clinic I decided to listen to my good angel and not go up and race Whistler.  That and there was snow at the top - my feet and their ADD would have definately meant my ass would have been touching snow by the end of that race.  However I am going to run Bunzten in September it will be the last in the series and I am Sooooo doing the whole series next year - I would recommend them to anyone - it is a great series and well run.   http://www.5peaks.com/.  I wonder if you can get topical ritalen for your feet?

Peace out

Shaun

Monday, August 16, 2010

The Big Climb

Okay so maybe the climb was not Avoriaz but it was tough enough. I have mentioned that there is a new bike race this year the Whistler Gran Fondo.

http://www.rbcgranfondowhistler.com/

This is a 120km bike ride from Vancouver to Whistler Ski resort along the Sea – to- Sky highway. We have put in a women’s team and a few of us decided to ride the Squamish to Whistler portion this past Saturday. The plan was to meet in Squamish – the halfway point of the race – ride the last 60km to Whistler, coffee and then ride back to the cars in Squamish.

This would give us a bird’s eye view of the last 60km of the race where most of the climbing will be.


Saturday was a hot one and of course it gets hotter the higher and more inland you go. I realized as soon as we started riding that I forgot to put on Sunscreen. – Ah what are you going to do?

The first bit was not bad and being a climber I was like this is not too bad. Overall the ride up was not bad there was a lot of wind so it helped to keep us cool. It was mixed emotions whenever we got a downhill because it meant that we were going to have to climb it on the way home.

Mentally I had prepared myself for 60km of up the reward being 60km of down. So downhill’s on the way up meant uphill’s on the way down. Honestly while were riding up it did not seem too bad – it was hard but not unbearable – it actually seemed that the climbs were mild and then there was flat and then a mild climb. I was hot and tired when we got to Whistler but was happy we were there and could have a break. When we stopped for coffee I clipped out and went to put weight on my Right foot and shooting pain through my ankle – crap it was locked. It took a bit to get it to unlock, thankfully it did otherwise the ride home would have been brutal not to mention the 29km run I had planned for the next day.

Now I need to go see physio – I have been ignoring it for too long. A few weeks ago at the Mt Seymour Trail race I tweaked my right ankle – it was mild but ever since then it has been locking up and my right hip and hamstring are not too pleased with me so now time to deal with it.

The ride down was awesome and that is when you realize that crap it is pretty much ALL uphill to Whistler and that the "flats" were just smaller hills because now with the exception of 2 climbs it was ALL downhill and the views were stunning. Time up 2.hrs 30 min with a couple of little stops to regroup. Time down 1 hr 45min with a stop to regroup. It was an eye opener but at least now we know what we are up against. We know we can do it and we have decided as a team to enjoy the day. Team plan is 5 - 6 hours - completely reasonable and totally doable.

The only thing that freaks me out a bit is the other 3982 riders out there – hopefully everyone rides smart and plays nice. Either way I think it is going to be a great day and am more excited than ever. Only 26 more sleeps!

Peace out Shaun. 

Friday, August 13, 2010

Helloooo - Anyone out there?

I know I have been remiss in posting but it was with good reason. My lawyer asked me to stop posting and go off-line till I had settled with ICBC. It was the least I could do since I insisted that I wanted this finished and to move on. I am happy to report that I have settled and now no longer have to worry about being followed and such. Not that it really stopped me before but it is just nice to close the door and move on.




So what’s been going on since April/May lots!!!! Some triumphs and some frustrations and in between a whole lot of training.



I was a pace bunny at the Vancouver Half Marathon and promoted myself up to 2:15 as my recovery has been going well. I am pleased to report that I did 2:14:34 a smidge fast but what’s a bunny to do?



In April Special K, Pam and I started doing trail running clinics in anticipation of running the 5 Peaks trail race series and possibly putting in a relay team in to Stormy. The clinics are run by Tom and Duncan from Solomon Flight Crew. Each Saturday morning we hook up with them and they give us tips for trail running and take us over trails all around Vancouver. It has been great – my trail running has improved substantially and now I know a bunch of new trails. We have run 3 of the 5 races and Special K has been rocking her division winning 3 for 3. Myself - my goals is to finish without rolling an ankle and no mud on my ass – which is tougher than you think! The courses are not for the faint of heart. They are brutal and super technical and I am happy to report that I have achieved both goals in the first 3 races. The next race I will be doing Solo up in Whistler – should be interesting as we have to take the Gondola to the top to run. I am a little worried….



Stormy, sadly, I decided it was a no go – this is a tough course and we had not done a single run on the course or formed a team. Having done this race before I was not willing to go in without some long trail runs on the course under my belt. Ah well next year!



I am running another half clinic for the Running Room and been training for the New York Marathon in November. So that covers the running aspect.



Riding – my riding has been going really well – the hill climbing is coming back very nicely. I have been 2- 3 times a week – one day is 1.5 – 2 hours by myself, Wednesdays are usually Cypress night where I ride up the local mountain with Zimich girls or do some other brutal workout – usually 2 hours, and then Sat or Sun is my long ride – 3 – 4 hours. I am doing this all in preparation for the Gran Fondo. This is a bike race from Vancouver to Whistler and it is the first year. We have a team of 8 women riding and there are 4000 riders registered. The ride is going to be amazing and super tough – it is 120 km most it being up! It is in September.



Tri’s – this has been a little weird. Just the way my schedule has been and the races I have already registered I have not been able to fit in a triathlon. A little frustrating - we did have a relay team registered for the Osoyoos Half Ironman and I was the rider. I was super stoked about this race and trained really hard for it because the course is one of the toughest out there – it is part of the Ironman course – up Richters to Crofton (Out & Back) turn around and go back to Osoyoos the same way. If you think the rollers are brutal going to Keremeos they are worse going back to Osoyoos. We were going up against my husband Joe and my goal was to crush him on the bike. The unthinkable happened – our swimmer panicked in the water and did not finish in reg time so the team was disqualified and race day over. I can not begin to explain the level of frustration and disappointment. Frustration because there was nothing I could do to help my swimmer and disappointment because I really wanted to ride this race. Well I sort of got to – the officials were nice enough to let me get the bike out of transition and go for a ride. My friend Judith – aka Guardian Angel – was waiting at the top of Richters so I texted her what had happened and that I had my bike and she called and said she would wait so I rode up and met her and we rode the course together and cheered for the riders. I was able to get back and meet the rest of the relay team so we could cheer Joe on. It was a little awkward with our TEAM BEAT JOE shirts on but we all had a good laugh about it. Overall the weekend was good – I got a ride in, the weather was amazing and Joe had a great race and won a wetsuit. We’ll get him next year!



So that covers the last couple of months for me? What’s new with you? I promise I will be on-line more. This weekend we are doing a training ride from Squamish to Whistler and then Sunday a wee “29km” run. Should be great!



Peace out

Shaun