3/19: Deer Creek (15 mi) - Got out with Scott, Patrick, Joe, and Ryan. Started just before sunrise and had some perfect running weather.
3/26: Pine Valley Ranch (32 mi) - Patrick led a group of us (Ryan, Leila, Brendan, and I) around the trails that make up the North Fork 50 course. I thoroughly enjoyed this run on some "new to me" trails. I was curious what it would be like running through a burn area, but everything about it was beautiful. I will be back.
The sun couldn't rise fast enough. There was a COLD wind for the first hour. (Photo courtesy of Brendan Trimboli)
3/29: Shingle Creek Management Area, Orlando, FL (12 mi) - I was at a conference for the first part of last week. I was fighting a nasty head cold, but got in one outdoor run and found my way to Shingle Creek. It is a small oasis in the SW part of Orlando. Once you enter the park, you forget about the cars, neighborhoods and other signs of the city. It is almost all wetlands, so there are plenty of birds and other creepy crawlies to be on the lookout for.
The Shingle Creek.
I thought for sure that EVERY root from these trees was a snake.
There was about three miles of a powerlines trail. Not boring at all because of the water on either side...and noises.
This is what it looked like everywhere.
4/2: Mt. Falcon (17.5 mi) - I met up with Joe and Jim for a v1 tour of the hill. We started in the dark, but were treated to an amazing sunrise about 40 minutes in. When we finished, I went out for a quick Turkey Trot-Castle trail loop before heading home...not sure why I did since one lap around Falcon leaves me plenty beat up.
As Collegiate Peaks gets closer, I'm feeling good about the base I've slowly been building. I think the training and races I've completed over the last 5 months have been digested and the effects are working in my favor. I've heard that transitioning to ultras can take time for your body to adjust to longer distances. I'm not sure if that is true, but something is starting to click better for me. Getting my weekly mileage into the 70's feels really good right now. I remember feeling like that was a struggle last year. I'm looking forward to a solid effort at CP, but have no plans to go all out. I want to continue to build slowly and peak for San Juan Solstice in June. I'm not sure I know how to time my training in order to peak, but it sounds good to talk like I do.