It feels like I have been training for the Pikes Peak Ascent since last Fall.
Oh...it's because I have. :)
First, I had to qualify by running a half marathon. I trained last fall and ran the Denver Rock 'n' Roll Half Marathon last October.
From there, I have had my eyes fixed on one main goal....finishing the Pikes Peak Ascent August 16, 2014. I can't believe race day is just a week from tomorrow! Wow!
When training for a big race, many obstacles can come up.
For me, I decided last minute to go to a conference for my work in Atlanta. I was gone from 7/30 - 8/4 and at sea level for that time. I also didn't run for almost a week due to the busy conference schedule. PLUS, I got very little sleep all week.
Sea level + No running + Lack of sleep = A possible setback
I can definitely feel that my lungs are working harder since returning.
I also feel a cold coming on. I've been proactive in fighting it but two of my friends were sick at the conference and one of my colleagues at a business meeting this Tuesday was also sick. So, there is a chance I could get a cold before the race too. That would not be good.
I'll just do the best I can. I had thought I could finish in less than 5 hours with the training I have been doing but with these setbacks I may just try for 5:30.
And my ultimate goal is to finish!!
Just under a week....