Last UTMB-prep long run: Playing in the Club's backyard - That's it, I have to be ready for the UTMB beast now, just need to survive 2 weeks of tapering, never been that close as we say! I started the week really ...
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
BARKLEY TRAINING (ONLY KIND OF)
I found a route on San Bruno Mountain that is 11 miles long and has (very rough estimate) around 2200 feet of climbing. So over 100 miles, that would be about 20,000 feet of climbing - not even close to the Barkley (and much less than some "easy 100 milers). But this route does contain one fairly difficult stretch that rises over 1000 feet in less than 3/4 of a mile...through unmarked trails and overgrown brush that actually drew blood multiple time on my legs. Route is here: "Baby Barkley Jr. Hopeful" I plan on adding one loop a week so that before the Old Pueblo 50 miler on March 7 I would have worked my way up past a 50km run with those climbs. Then I will start adding repeats of the steeper parts.
Here are some photos from that run (complete with the ravens flying opver me waiting for me to fall to the ground).