My Ultra Experience WK 15

Run: 14.11 mi. | Strength: 1 hr. | Hike: 9.46 mi. | Bike: 24.4 mi. | Arc Trainer: 40 min. | Row: 30 min. | Rest Days: 2

As I reflect on it now, week 15 is when I started to feel tired. Sure, I had been logging a lot of running miles (315.4 to be exact) since the start of my ultra training the first week in May, but I hadn’t felt tired until now. Perhaps I was trying to cram too much into each day and I was getting burnt out. Time to adjust priorities…but that would have to wait until after the Bacon Bros. concert 😉 we all need some time to let our hair down and boogie to the music, right?

Bacon Brothers

The weekend was the first of three really long weekend workouts. On my plan, was a 90 minute pre-fatigue workout consisting of a bike ride, arc trainer and row machine. The purpose of pre-fatiguing is to simulate exhaustion without wearing down the body too much. For this workout, the 90 minutes was simulating that I was at mile four. What came after the pre-fatigue workout? A two-hour run.

 

John joined me for this two-hour run sesh and we explored a trail network in the town we live in. It was quite fun. From looking at the town maps, we had a sense that the trails linked up to another trail system so this was the perfect opportunity to find out. We ran on mountain bike trails which had more switchbacks than the small intestine.

USA

Tired and slightly dizzy, I went home to stretch and refuel for the next day’s plan, hiking Mt. Kearsarge. We had hiked this peak time and time again, so we opted for a trail that we had never tried. The Lincoln Trail is part of the SRKG – Sunapee Ragged Kearsarge Greenway – a 75 mile loop trail covering the namesake peaks. We had an idea of where the trailhead was but little did we know that a section of it was closed for logging. After a few drive-by’s of where we were certain the trailhead was, a sign on a post caught our attention. John got out to inspect and I perused the Web. We both found out the same thing…the trail was temporarily re-routed. Luckily the re-routed trailhead wasn’t far and we were still able to get going quickly.

Black Mountain

 

The trail followed an old logging road and snow machine trail into the Black Mountain Forest where a sign marked the entrance of the forest. What I loved about this sign is that it displays the NH “moose plate”. The “moose plate” is a specialty license plate that costs additional $30 per year, all of which goes “to supplement existing state conservation and cultural heritage funding”. See http://www.mooseplate.com/about/ for more info. I have said moose plate and was delighted to see that the funds are truly supporting conservation!!

 

A tired week ended with a recharging hike in the woods, an embrace from the trees, and a visit from this little red eft:

Eft

 

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