Pikes Peak has always been a race that grabbed my attention. Run 8000 vertical feet up to the top of a 14er as fast as you can and then turn around and run back down as fast as you can to where you started..... It's just a great setup for a good old fashion footrace! Ran Pikes for the first time last summer with scrapped together training due to moving and remodeling our new house and keeping time for the family so this year with life a little more stabilized I was excited to give the race another go with some consistent training under my belt.
|Ryder as excited to run at the beginning of the race|
I didnt feel super smooth on the Ws up to No Name which is the bottom part of the course but came through No Name a couple minutes ahead of plan so just tried to relax and keep on pace. Above No Name the course flattens out a bit with a couple short downhill sections and it felt good to get the legs turning over and it felt like to legs were starting to get into a groove. Coming through Bar Camp which is 7.5 miles in and about 6 miles from the Summit I was 3 min ahead of my goal pace for a 2:35 ascent time. I new from running the course last year and from getting out for a training run a few weeks prior that the last 5 miles to the summit is really where the difficult part of the course
begins so I tried to hold myself back from pushing too hard after Barr Camp. Last year this last 5 miles was where I really start to fall apart and once I hit treeline I pretty much hiked the remainer of the ascent costing me a lot of time. I was determined not to let this happen to me again this year and was really focusing on keeping my effort in check to make sure the legs could still run after A Frame which is the checkpoint right at treeline. I came through A Frame just a minute ahead of pace which left me wondering if I had backed off a little to much after Barr Camp. Despite the loss of time the legs were running well above tree line and really only started to slow down for the last1/2 mile of the ascent or so nearing the Golden Staircase and really didn't start feeling the altitude until about 13000 ft which I was really happy about as pretty much all of my training was around my house which tops out at around 7800 ft. I hit the summit at 2:35 right on pace.
|Coming down off the summit|
|Bringing it Home!|