Because of my job and family obligations, I am pretty much constrained to being as efficient as possible with where and when I run. I almost HAVE to run from my work. Driving 20 minutes to somewhere else cuts into that precious little time I allocate for my training. When that window is as narrow as 65-70 minutes, every second counts. But seriously, of all the locations to be constrained to, what better place than Gold Camp Elementary? Save Cheyenne Mountain High School, I can't think of a business in the city that's closer to such a robust set of trails, with Stratton Open Space in my backyard. I gotta post some pics.
Stratton trails were in great shape after a dusting of snow from yesterday. Tacky - good for riding. Warmed up to the rez and knocked off 6 1000's @ 6:15 pace. 1:00 recovery. I take data with a grain of salt. Case in point: my avg HR for these. Was between 154-156 for all of 'em. Well, my guess is that it took a good 60 sec to ramp my HR each time...otherwise, I'd be pretty stoked to hold 154's on 6:15's. :) My avg HR at Austin 13.1 was only 170 - as far as I can tell, many folks race that distance up closer to 180. Good, bad, indifferent, but my heart beats like I'm hibernating.
Kids are getting ready for the lovely state-mandated CSAP tests next week. I only started the test-specific prep this week. Drew on plenty of training analogies. We overemphasis writing plans now so that when it matters, it's no big deal. Write 7 paragraph essays so a 5 paragraph essay on a test is nothing. Do the work, see the results. Practice your ass off, and view the race/test as your reward, your chance to show off the hard work.
Sure to be overplayed if it already hasn't been in some places, I love their sound anyway.