The Ascent is less than a month away. After my training run to Barr Camp last week, I now have more confidence I can finish the race in the cutoff time.
I usually set three goals for big races: one I should be able to meet, one that would stretch me a little, and one that is my BIG goal. Here are my goals for the Ascent:
It was interesting to see the statistics on SkyRunner.com on the average Ascent times in previous years. The average time for females tends to be in the 4:40's.
However, I was reminding myself today that I simply need to finish. I don't need to be "fast."
I'm in probably the best shape of my life, but I'm still not fast. I do have some toned legs from all my hill training though! :)
I have to admit, as part of the PikesPeakSports.us Triple Crown Team, I feel a little pressure. I want to do my best, and yet on race day, I may be the last of my teammates to finish.
One of my teammates, Bill Beagle, and I went to the top of Pikes Peak today and did a training run down to A-frame and back up to the Peak. Well, it was mostly hiking, but it was good training for the Ascent.
His PR for the Ascent is 5:04, so maybe he can pace me to my BIG goal of under 5 hours?? You up for it, Bill? :)
It was a BEAUTIFUL day to be out in nature and enjoying Barr trail.
And I made it to the infamous A-Frame!
As a side note, when I arrived at A-Frame and stopped to take this picture, I looked down the trail and just 20 feet away stood a beautiful deer with a big rack. He slowly came toward me as I tried to get my phone to boot up quicker (I had turned it off to preserve the battery) and he came within about 10 feet of me - staring at me! My phone didn't cooperate to get a picture, but I was reminded that some memories are best saved in our minds. It was a moment to remember.
One of the BEST benefits of training for the Ascent?
Lots of time in God's creation. Can't beat that!