FOLLOW ENDURANCEJER THROUGH TWO WEEKS OF PEAK 100 MILE TRAINING!
Happening Now: “Final Thoughts” video posted at bottom and headed out the door for 30 mile run.
6 days; 134 mi (164 mi by end of Friday); 20,000 ft vertical; (4) Summits
Everyone trains for ultras in their own unique way. After 7 years in this sport, I have taken bits and pieces from others as well as the trial and errors of my own experiences, to create the methods and techniques I use to prepare for these events. I personally subscribe to a high mileage training plan. I seek to run very consistently, emphasizing a long run or two per week. I work hard at keeping my effort at a sustainable level in those long runs, using a heart rate monitor. I only run more intense efforts on a limited basis, to stay injury free and maximize my effort to build aerobic efficiency rather than speed. This is also because I am usually training for a 50-100 mile event. I am aware of my heart rate zones with greater accuracy than others, thanks to a recent lactate threshold test by Cindy Stonesmith. I firmly believe in the fact that intense physical training like this demands the nutritional and physiological support of a diet rich in colorful plant-based nutrition. I also use Bikram Yoga to mitigate overuse injuries and keep my body in check.
It is my personal philosophy that the “goal” is to be the best we can be… the “why” is because we are grateful for the opportunity to be alive. As I move into the final phase of training for my first 100 mile race of the year, I go into a beast mode! For two weeks, I put myself through a “Death Camp”. The mileage, the vertical, and the adventure is at an all time ridiculous level.
Because of my position here at Trail and Ultrarunning, I thought it would be interesting to carrying a video camera through my Death Camp and produce this post for our readers. I’m not suggesting that this is the best way to train. I am not claiming to be elite or any more knowledgeable than anybody else who runs these races. I simply thought it would be interesting to share my Death Camp experience with an audience of athletes who love this sport as much as I do. At the very least, I think you will enjoy seeing what Colorado has to offer trail runners! With that said, I hope you enjoy these videos…they give you and I a glimpse into the crazy awesome Vegan Ninja Death Camp!!!
Intro to Death Camp:
Day 1, 11 miles, 3,400ft vert
Day 2: Checking in
Day 2: 15 mi, 300ft vert & Vegan Recovery Smoothie!
Day 3: 53 miles, 7,700′ vertical. Amazing day!
Day 4: 15 mi and random clips from the past 48hrs
Day 5: Checking In
Day 5: 18 mi, 5,800ft vert. S. Boulder, Mesa Trail, Green Mountain, Bear Peak, So. Boulder Peak. Don’t you meet the coolest people on mountain summits? We met Ryan Krol and his dog “Honey Bear”, on Green Mountain. Good luck at Big Horn Ryan! “A” is for Awesome…and we took a moment to capture the awesome at each summit. Run long, eat plants.
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Day 6: 17 mi, 2,800 ft vert. Mesa Trail and Doudy Draw in South Boulder. The goPro batter died…one pic says it all.
Day 7: Final Thoughts Video- 30 Miles today