Sunday, June 10, 2012

Weekly Training Summary (Double - 5/28/12 – 6/10/12): Death Valley Training Camp

Total Miles 6.04 to 6.10 – 55.80
Total Miles 5.28 to 6.03 – 49.70
Total Miles Prior Week – 97.00
Total Miles This Month – 89.40
Total Miles This Year – 1,607.10
30-Day Rolling Total – 337.90

There are only 35 days remaining until the 2012 Badwater Ultramarathon.  That leaves a mere 4 full weeks of training before heading out to the desert.  This year was the first year that we headed out to Death Valley in June, for a 3-day training camp.  Badwater veterans Chris Roman and Cheryl Zwarkowski joined for the adventure, and we even saw Frank McKinney – he was hosting a “Conquering Your Life’s Badwaters” event.  The amazing Ben Jones came to see us on Day #1, crewing us for over 20 miles and taking a ton of pictures.

Going forward, the hope is to put in 3 more high-mileage weeks and a mid-range week, before taking it easy for the week before the race.

Monday, May 28, 2012
6:42 AM – 13.00 miles in 2:05:19 (9:38 pace) at Rockefeller State Park.  Return of the humidity.  Today was difficult as it followed 3 days of high mileage – 21.7, 34 and 24.8 – long runs.  The ultimate goal was to hit 18 miles, but it just wasn’t the day for it.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012
Off

Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Off

Thursday, May 31, 2012
5:10 AM – 3.10 miles in 26:02 (8:23 pace) on neighborhood roads.

Friday, June 1, 2012
Off – Travel to Death Valley

Saturday, June 2, 2012
9:38 AM – 20.60 miles in 4:31:02 (13:10 pace).  Crewed by the great Ben Jones, Day #1 of Death Valley Training Camp consisted of a run from Badwater Basin, the start of the Badwater Ultramarathon, to Furnace Creek.  Along the way we detoured to Artist’s Drive, a 9-mile horseshoe type loop with a steep ascent.  The temperature hit about 118 degrees.




Sunday, June 3, 2012
10:03 AM – 13.00 miles in 2:23:12 (11:01 pace).  Day #2 of Death Valley Training Camp was a run on a portion of the Badwater Ultramarathon course that, for me, is typically a long, arduous walk.  We covered miles 41.9 to 58.7 – a 4,956 foot climb from Stovepipe Wells to Towne Pass.  We used Cheryl’s car as a moving aid station, and without a fourth person to drive it we had to get creative, alternating 2 mile drives between the three of us.  Temperatures started in the mid 100s, then dipped to the mid 90s as we made the ascent of Towne Pass.




Monday, June 4, 2012
8:33 AM – 10.00 miles in 1:57:45 (11:46 pace).  Day #3, the last day of Death Valley Training Camp, was a simple out-and-back run starting at Furnace Creek.  Not wanting to use a vehicle, the three of us donned packs and headed toward Stovepipe Wells for a short 5 miles.  Turning around we hit a 35 mph headwind that was a killer.  Temperatures were in the low 100s.



Tuesday, June 5, 2012
Off – Travel Home

Wednesday, June 6, 2012
11:13 AM – 3.20 miles in 27:53 (8:42 pace) at Rockefeller State Park.

1:30 PM – 1 hour of strength training.

Thursday, June 7, 2012
4:55 AM – Stationary Bike 30 minutes.

Friday, June 8, 2012
5:21 AM – 6.10 miles in 57:30 (9:25 pace) on local roads.

6:50 AM – 1 hour strength training.

Saturday, June 9, 2012
7:03 AM – 13.50 miles in 2:06:18 (9:21 pace) at Rockefeller State Park.

Sunday, June 10, 2012
6:23 AM – 20.00 miles in 3:29:20 (10:28 pace) Rockefeller State Park.  After a good paced 9.50 miles, I met Cherie and 5 members of her New York City running group for the remainder of the run.  Lots of fun on another humid, 80-degree day.



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