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Training Log Archive: Ari-o

In the 7 days ending Feb 2:

activity # timemileskm+m
  Ski3 6:32:12 69.7(5:38) 112.17(3:30) 1889
  Run4 2:47:22 18.5(9:03) 29.77(5:37) 524
  Total7 9:19:34 88.2(6:21) 141.94(3:57) 2413

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Sunday Feb 2 #

8 AM

Ski warm up/down 18:36 [1] 2.8 mi (6:39 / mi) +53m 6:16 / mi

Up to the center again for more skiing! This is about the same amount of racing as I did in 2014 and 2016 at the Double Loppet (although I did a ski-o race there, too) but a hell of a lot more climbing: about double or maybe even triple as much! So it's hard, but a good time for a lot of volume. And Craftsbury, yum.

Also, looking at logs from 2014, when I ran 5.7 miles in February. I will run more than that this year.

Skied Duck Pond to warm up, then Jeff helped me glide test and it was indecisive because the course was insanely fast, but I wore the Fischers because when in doubt, take the known fast skis (and also it was reasonably cold, and old snow, and those don't have much structure, and the course would get softer for the second lap).

Ski 1:38:18 [3] 21.2 mi (4:38 / mi) +609m 4:15 / mi

Skate race! I found a spot in the second row behind a guy who didn't look like he belonged in the front row, and he didn't. Akeo came in at the last second and skied up along the side as they blew the whistle (or whatever) and we all went out and I had to pass this guy but lost a bunch of places. The top guys skied the course in 85 minutes, with negative splits, averaging a 4 minute mile. Not bad, gents!

The course goes around the field with what Ollie called "the parade lap" and frankly maybe should go further, out Lemon's or something, because it then goes down some sharp corners and a long hill, hanging on for dear life for a 3:22 mile (the first of several sub-4, and only one, a 50m climb up Ruthies, >6, and barely; it was fast). Then up Ruthies and I felt good. Got ahead of John and caught Eli, who hadn't raced yesterday. Also, Bullitt live splits are excellent.

Long hill up but then a long descent, but I got dropped by Eli's group on Elinor's, which would be my nemesis. I think I was kind of cooked from yesterday. Kept them in sight most of the rest of the lap, and was in a group of four or five with John, who was just behind me. I led down Sam's including the steep-then-hard-corner section where my watch had us at 32 mph and then pulled off to let someone lead up Elinor's. But I was cooked, and ten guys came by (but several who probably should have been ahead of me) and I struggle-fested up the rest of the way bonking pretty hard and held on to my place the rest of the race if not my dignity or my time—lost a minute to that pack.

Not much separation overall, given the course. Ida only put a couple minutes on me, and despite blowing up I finished with a respectable time. Just a bit faster than Eliud, but of course was silly and didn't have skis on. Lots of fun!

HRM seemed to do okay on the downhills, but spiked all around on the ups. Ugh.

Ski 23:07 [1] 3.1 mi (7:27 / mi) +109m 6:43 / mi

I needed to cool down. I was around 95k for the weekend, so I needed a 5k cooldown.

With the race on Duck Pond I skied some of the race course. Even going super-slow up the uphills I was reasonably fast, pretty much as fast as racing at Jackson last weekend. This would have been a great day to ski 100km if I hadn't been dead to the world. John S wants to do a 24 hours of Weston. How about 24 hours of Craftsbury?

Skiing is so much fun I can't stand it. Someone else did the driving home thank Allah and I am now very tired.
5 PM


On pace for 1500km of skiing this month and 25km of vert over about 175 hours of training logged.

Current records: 67 hours training, 17k vert, and I've never skied that much in a year.

Saturday Feb 1 #

9 AM

Ski warm up/down 15:29 [1] 2.3 mi (6:44 / mi) +48m 6:19 / mi

Duck Pond wax test. Klister binder with Rode -1 -5 on top and it was fine. Variable conditions, some ice, some powder, some manmade.

Ski 3:01:09 [3] 30.9 mi (5:52 / mi) +911m 5:22 / mi

So Craftsbury. Didn't exactly wax my skis but it didn't matter. Got there with plenty of time. Got in to the third-ish row, relaxed start, and went out on the chase pack, but couldn't quite keep up with that pack and got dropped back some (John S went out on it for a bit, but then stopped putting time on me by the middle of the second lap). Elinors was fun, a guy double-poling (!) ate shit on the way down right in front of me. 56 minute split for the first lap, which is fast, because it was fast.

Skied the second lap with a bit of a group in places. Certainly didn't have the right skis, though. Almost ate shit down Elinors myself: berms and flat light. One guy (per Strava) skied away at mile 15 and wound up four minutes up. Others got ahead of me, and I went into the third lap all alone. 1:01 split for the second lap.

Third lap started slow. Bonky, and the kick was getting a little more spartan (but I kept kick through the race). I had a caffeine gel and had that coming into the second aid station and that helped a lot, so I was reasonably happy and made some good time up Sam's and up over the top. Caught Elissa there (who had a 15 minute head start, of course, I'm not pregnant) and caught glimpses of guys ahead of me there. And the caffeine had kicked in and I was feeling good.

Down Ruthies and I had caught two guys. Passed them, and then the double-poler was back and passed me for about 20 meters, but then we got to an uphill. Kick helped there, and I put two minutes on him there. I was feeling good, though, and went hard up the last uphill and caught two more guys, one of whom gave me a sprint but I got him by 0.1 seconds (thanks, Ed). Maybe I could have gone harder, or need to feed better, because I had energy there at the end. Or maybe I just need to stay caffeinated.

Ski warm up/down 20:19 [1] 2.2 mi (9:14 / mi) +48m 8:39 / mi

Duck, duck, duck, duck, cooldown.
3 PM


Fun logistics this weekend.

Rode up with Andy and Christine. I met Andy in West Medford from Downtown, and we met Christine at Dascomb Road. Some traffic, but not too bad. They were going to Albany and not to Craftsbury, so dropped me at a rest stop where I waited for Jess to pick me up. Vermont rest stops are the best: wifi, a nice place to sit, and a friendly guy listening to the Grateful Dead.

Today, John and Jenny showed up just to ski and I proposed that they ski to Hill Farmstead (well, the nearest road crossing) and we'd pick them up in 2.5h so we had time to shower (yay, shower) and wax. Which we did. Then we drove over there and there was no sign of them. So we went to Hill Farmstead, because they were going to close, went back, and found just John. He said it was hillier than he thought; he had sprinted to get to the meeting point still super late (and at dark) and we gave him a headlamp to go backwards to find Jenny, while we drove back to the next road crossing to wait for her.

She came a few minutes later, and it turns out they'd made a wrong turn and skied an extra 7.5k. That won't exactly help. But everyone was accounted for, and we went and got pizza.

Tomorrow, Christine and I are getting a ride to Dascomb with Jeff, and then she's taking us to Cambridge. Logistics success! Also, saved ~1000 miles of driving versus everyone driving alone.

Thursday Jan 30 #

Run 46:22 [1] 6.0 mi (7:44 / mi)

Morning jog, not as early as planned. Brought my phone, took one call from the run. #Multitasking

Wednesday Jan 29 #

6 AM

Run 28:00 [1] 2.8 mi (10:00 / mi)

Time enough for an easy run to NP. And an easier run home with the run crew to Cambridgeport.

Run 30:19 [1] 1.5 mi (20:13 / mi) +524m 9:42 / mi

It was PR day, but after World Championships last night and zero cool down, there was no way I was getting near a PR.

Ran some down sections, pushed a bit harder up at the end.

Tuesday Jan 28 #

11 AM

Run 38:08 [1] 4.9 mi (7:47 / mi)

Nice little jogaroo to TJs. Was going to be morning but with calls emails it was midday.
6 PM

Ski warm up/down 18:20 [1] 3.3 mi (5:33 / mi) +52m 5:18 / mi

28 minutes to Weston because yes I know all the back ways out of Cambridge and if Waze has filled up one well I know the next one.

Warm up on a slightly longer loop. Still no Mount Weston. Wonder if we'll even ever get Mount Weston this year. Maybe the week after next?

Ski race 16:54 [4] 3.9 mi (4:20 / mi) +59m 4:08 / mi

Worlds again. I had an event in Somerville so I was ready to ski fast, get changed, and peel out of the parking lot, because the food at this event is excellent (I missed the hors d'oeuvres, though, as a friend put it, "so many oysters" so I will lobby for a not Tuesday next year, not that I have any say in the matter).

Anyhow, race started around some adaptive skiers, and the three of us who were top three last week led out. On the hard skis, which were reasonably fast but not super speedy, and no real hills to drop people. In third of a big pack and then a guy cut me off on a corner after I had let someone else go and I had words, and fell behind him and Rob for a lap or so, but when John and Martin were making a break I found the hard snow and went around them on a hill to join.

Break of four, same as last week, I think, and hung together into the last lap of five. A longer course (0.8 mi, an extra hill, but still 3 minute laps, because it was fast) and we went around the pylon and into the last lap. John was in front of me, Martin to my left, and he caught an edge, wobbled, and then didn't save it. Last lap, take no prisoners, part of Weston is staying upright. But that slowed me down enough I had to burn a lot of matches to try to catch John.

Never really did, and was red lining where the lights get a bit flashy, so that was fun (HRM worked again, peaked at 168, which is L4 for me) and I was maybe 20m behind John and started sprinting when he took a left for another lap. I slowed down and went across the line and so did everyone behind me, confirming that, yes, that was five laps. It was just fast.

So I gave John's name, and then mine (he had me beat) and then threw my skis in a bag and ran downstairs and changed (forgot shoes so went in tennies, but seriously, how often do you really look at a man's shoes? and was there in 23 minutes. Yup, not rush hour anymore.

Don't look now but without any fluoros I'm in second place on the World Championships points list.

Monday Jan 27 #

5 PM

Run 24:33 [1] 3.3 mi (7:26 / mi)

Not much time between meetings today.

4:58: Home
5:03: Running
5:28: Home, shower
5:45: Out the door, check phone, train in 3 minutes
5:48: On train at Central (not logged)
5:59: At meeting at DTX

A jogaroo, but felt good. Might run tomorrow morning, then World Champs in the evening.

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