|Yeay med tent|
After a surprising 2:44 in 2009, I decided to put all my eggs in the Ascent basket last August. Three hours, twenty-one minutes later, I found myself sucking down O's and belligerently snapping at medical staff. My grand blowup began early - likely at the beginning of the W's - but the wheels didn't fall off until A-Frame. Mile splits of 20, 25, and 43 minutes ensued. Carnage.
I had it all planned out. I was going to click off a sub-2:40 Ascent, hop in a car and pace JT in Leadville that night. I had even tentatively planned on drinking the Leadville Kool-Aid. A sub-2:40 would have been fast enough for me to walk away from the Ascent and give this 100-mile craziness a shot in 2011.
The taste that bonk left in my mouth, though...it ate at me. I did make it out to Leadville to pace JT. I did fall in love with the idea of the race, the atmosphere, the challenge...but in the back of my mind, I knew I still had a score to settle with my 14,110' backdoor neighbor. At the same time, I felt I wanted to mix it up at least a smidge, so I began thinking about the round-trip. I was soon talked into the double, and it's been on my mind ever since 2011 came around.
The game plan now is simple. I'm going to crush the Ascent. I'm going to come back the next day and see if I can beat my old Ascent PR on the way up. A strong performance on Pikes in August will allow me the 'closure' I need to tackle Leadville in 2012. That mountain is in trouble - today I just made it legal.
Incline super easy yesterday. 10 miles easy today (8:35's) on the Santa Fe. Giving the legs one more day to recover before I hit up 1000's around the rez on St. Patty's Day.
Part of my training routine will include this - at least it will tomorrow!