Monday, July 12, 2010

Zero to Sixty (Two)

Today is 3 weeks from surgery and I can take the boot off. Which is somewhat irrelevant since I stopped wearing it last Wednesday. It just felt like I was walking better without it. Apart from a few spin classes and swimming, I continued to stay off my feet as much as possible all of last week and iced the ankle at night. There is still some swelling around the incision but it has healed nicely.

I ran 10 minutes yesterday evening. The foot felt fine. Everything else felt awful. Then I went to my first Hot Yoga class in over 3 weeks. I expected that to be pretty rough but actually it felt good and there was only one or two poses that I had to modify slightly. And that had more to do with being out of shape than any issue with my foot.

All in all, I can’t complain about progress to date. SHT Beta V weekend is coming up so I would like to be able to run a little but if not I am happy to hike. It’s the Superior Hiking Trail after all. And there is no point in pushing it now. Although, there is a small matter of a 100K race in 6 weeks time…

I would really love to be able to run Where's Waldo 100K (Oregon) as Kami and I are both signed up for it and looking forward to hanging out with our friend Carrie who moved to Portland last year. But I will only race it if I am in good shape for it. I will definitely travel out there and get some good training in if I don’t race, and could always pace Kami if she was up for that. Leading up to that I am excited to be heading out to the Marin Headlands area again to pace Alicia (Hudelson) at Headlands 100M August 7.

The longer-term goal is to have another good run at Hellgate 100K later this year so that is really what I am focused on. It will be exciting to run that race having some experience on the course. I will still be scared shitless in the lead up to it worrying about the midnight start and the weather conditions. But I feel like I can really target my training for the course especially having decided to take a few other races off my calendar.

I love that I am so confident of my training ability after one easy week that followed two weeks of doing N O T H I N G but eat, drink wine and watch TV.

A sporting weekend...

World Cup final - despite it being a crappy game I was happy that Spain won as they played the better football over the course of the tournament.

Tour de France continues into the mountains - I am enjoying following Nicholas Roche, son of former Irish cycling star Stephen Roche.

Hardrock 100M - how about Diana Finkel’s amazing run! She is an absolute rockstar on that course.

Dances with Dirt, Devil’s Lake - Congrats to Kami on her 50 mile win! And to Kim & Andy Holak who both won in the 50K race. Way to represent MN folks!

Half Voyageur - I have never run this race but it somehow seems a lot more challenging than simply half the full - I hear there was a swamp involved this year? Also, I was surprised to see Lundo show up in Eve's pictures - I hope it was a recon run ahead of the full as we all really, really want to see him run that. I suspect it is only a matter of time until Steve starts a poll on his finish time. No pressure Chris!


SteveQ said...

I was going to suggest Lundstrom go to the half to see the course! Smart, smart guy... (him, not me! I'd've broken an ankle on Jarrow's beach, then gotten lost and eaten by a bear).

Jurek's course record is (I think) 6:41, but it took him three or four tries, lowering his time 20 minutes each year. So, I say Lundo runs 6:59 his first time out and nails it next year.

Lundo said...

Yep, I did go out and recon the course...though I don't know if it was smart given how tired I was and how lousy I felt the whole way despite taking lots of time out there.

Waist deep in mud, after ankle turns and wrong turns, I would have welcomed the sight of a hungry bear! It really is a tough course...After seeing it, I agree that Jurek's record is safe. Even going under 7 hours seems unlikely for anyone this year.

Helen--6 weeks is a long time. You'll be ready for sure.

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