This needs to be a big week for me. I have Buckin’ Hell coming up not this Saturday, but the following one. I’d hoped to get a lot more climbing in over the past couple of weeks, but it just hasn’t happened. In fact, I only ran once last week and it was a fairly flat outing. I should be properly recovered now though, after the Tri-Conic Challenge Marathon a couple of weekends ago. That’s why this week is going to be so important. I need to find the time to get as much climbing in as I can and get my legs ready for Buckin’ Hell. Next week should be somewhat of a taper, so I won’t be blasting my legs then. This week is it now.
I made a good start to the week today. I don’t generally run on Monday’s, but figured I would go today and get a jump on the week. I chose Lynn Peak as my destination as I can get up and down from the house in about 2 hours, which is all the time I had available to me this afternoon. Plus, Lynn Peak is almost a 900m climb when you add in a couple of small hills on the way back home.
I wasn’t feeling great this morning and actually felt a little sluggish. Mid-morning I started making excuses for not going, but at the end of the day, you just have to suck it up on days when you really don’t feel like it. The thought of climbing today just wasn’t sitting well with me, but I went anyway. It’s funny, I was actually starting to doubt my ability today. I didn’t want to run because I didn’t want to admit to myself that I couldn’t do it. Of course, I can do it. I can do it real good, LOL. And once I was out there, I was off. Didn’t feel amazing at first, but as soon as I hit the climb up Lynn Loop, I knew it was going to be a good trip up the mountain.
Last time out was actually my fastest ascent. It was difficult to know whether or not I was matching that or just way off the pace. Early in the climb, I thought I was off-pace, but as I got nearer the top I could feel myself picking up. The final section was taken gladiator like. Looking back on it now, I’m pretty sure it happened in slow motion with a big, long roar coming from my mouth. You know what I’m talking about! Turns out, it was a new PB by just 10 seconds!
I didn’t hang around long at the Lynn Peak lookout. There were no mosquitos, as there were a few weeks back, but there were plenty of tourists with their selfie sticks trying to get a shot of themselves with North Vancouver below. I don’t have time for that shit, so I ducked back into the trees and made my way down. It felt like a fast descent at first, but then I got distracted thinking about something and didn’t notice my efforts had tailed off a bit. I picked up the pace then and put in a good, solid bottom section. It ended up being a PB descent also, knocking 25 seconds off last time’s best.
So, I didn’t want to go, but now I’m feeling pretty good about things. I’m a little tired as it was a hard effort, but I’ll get over that before I run again tomorrow.