Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Crunchy Runnin!

I had one of those days on Monday where you get so much work done, that you're basically free for the rest of the week! Don't you LOVE that? I know I do! I took care of my largest accounts and then headed over to Bend for the night.

The thing about traveling for business while you're training is that you have to remember all of your training crap! Well... I got into Bend fairly late and realized that I had forgotten my swim stuff! Of course I had a swim scheduled first thing in the morning! No problem right... I'll just stop at a sporting goods store and pick up a suit! Wrong answer. I stopped at no less than 4, count 'em, 4 stores with NO luck at ALL! I was FUMING! Finally I headed clear over to the other side of town to REI and picked up a saucy little number. By this time it was 8:30 pm or so and I was FAMISHED! Sorry... that was pointless huh?

ANYWAY, up bright and early and headed over to the Juniper Swim and Fitness... which is a totally SWWWWEET public facility to get in my swim! Normally it's a 50m pool divided in half to create more lanes... but on Tuesday it was all 50m heaven! YES! Of course, being the mathematician that I am NOT, it took me the entire warm-up to adjust my mind to the length and not screw up the count! Anyway... here's what I did:
  • 1000 warm-up
  • 4 X (4 X 50s on the 1 minute decending) 1 min between sets
  • 5 X 200 smooth n steady (1 min rest between sets)
  • 400 cool-down
  • Total meters: 3200
Swim felt good. It was nice not having to do as many of my "special" flip-turns. Yeah... that's right... I'm not afraid to admit that the perfect flip turn continues to elude me!

OK... so here's the good part! I head out of town around 2:00 pm after taking care of biznez and it is just gorJESUS outside! We're talkin about 56 degrees and beautifully sunny! I get to drive through some of the beautiful high desert on my way home and I still have a run to do... so why not pull over somewhere and get in some high altitude training in the snow??? YEAH! So I find a spot, pull over, change, and get to it! Here's what I did:
  • Distance: Who cares?
  • HR: It was high!
  • Cadence: Didn't count.
  • Altitude Gained: a LOT!
  • Zone: The Fun Zone.
  • Total Time: Long enough to feel it.
Yeah... how's THAT for some stats! I just had a ball out there! It was SO pretty! It was one of those runs where everything lines up just perfectly and you're just happy and blissed out and that's enough. SO watch the terrible video, (shot into the sun), and try not the throw-up from the bouncing... I'll try to get better!



Anonymous said...

I totally dig the video. It looks beautiful. Now, I run in snow - but it's usually about 20-30 degrees. 56 is perfect. I also love the sound it makes crunching under your feet.
Also, to comment on your packing skills..sounds like you need a personal assistant. :-) Pull it together man!!!

emkruse said...

High country running rules!

beth said...

sweet video! we want more videos! and props to you for finding a pool out on the road.....i heart 50 meter pools!

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Drew Holmes said...

yet another trip to Bend without coming to see me.....DUUUUUDE!!!!

blink140pnt6 said...

thats how I keep all my stats. I cant stand the #'s.

#'s make me Illllllllllllll.

Glad you had a good day.

Bigun said...

yuck! all that white stuff on the ground makes me want to hurl! I can't run out in the wilderness like thing you know there's camera crews and scientists following me taking cement castings of my footprints. Wierd, hugh?