• 2h 45m
  • 51.60 miles
  • 18.76 Mi/hr

Denver Triangle. Today I will not talk about the wind.

Ascent: 2136 feet


A review of my season so far: 11 races completed in 2008 1st place overall twice Chilly Cheeks Duathlon Series Overall winner I have been in the top 10 overall in every race 1st in age group 6 times 2nd in age group 1 time 3rd in age group 4 times My training has been good but not as good overall as last year. At this point my running and fitness seem to be a notch above last year but mostly do to the increased running. I'm not far behind last year on the bike, but I need to start riding more and with more intensity - last year I was very focused on the bike. And then there is swimming. I have only been to the pool twice so far this year... It is time to make a commitment to swimming so here is my plan for May. On Sunday, May 4th I am running the Colorado Marathon and hoping to finally run a sub 2:50 marathon. I came close in December, but this will be my only marathon besides my Ironman marathon this year so the pressure is on. This marathon is my second most important race of the year (IMAZ being the most important). I really want to get the 250 monkey off my back. In May I will reduce my running mileage considerably. I intend to amp my biking up to at least the levels of last year and I will begin swimming no less than 3 times per week. My first tri is in June so getting in the pool is not an option anymore. Also, I'll start hitting the pond down at Chatfield. I'm very happy with my season so far... last fall I PR'd in the marathon, the half marathon, 4 mile and the 5K... This winter/spring I have PR'd in the half marathon, the 5 mile distance and hopefully the marathon on Sunday. I feel like the 32 races that I have completed over the last 16 months have sharpened my competitive skills and confidence. I'm looking forward to moving into triathlon season and gearing up for my Kona Qualifying attempt at IMAZ in November. With IMAZ partners, Dills and KiloDave pushing me, I think I/we have a real shot! Anyway, this week is all about the marathon. On May 4th I WILL go 2:40 something. I feel good about my training for this race. I overcame a 3 week virus that nested in my chest, a minor knee injury and a minor hip injury. I took a huge risk running hard through this but because I was on a short 8 week plan, I didn't have a choice. Some of those long runs where brutal, but now I'm feeling good and with some rest this week, I should be ready. Highlights of this marathon training cycle: Seven 20 milers (one at 22.5) and two 17.2 mile (5000 feet of climbing) trail runs, 3 Lair o’ the Bear 12 mile trail runs, I have run the first half of the marathon course at close to race pace twice, a PR in the Half Marathon (sub 1:20), I ran an 18:18 5K last weekend in 20 plus mph winds (probably more like a 17:20) and I did the Cherry Creek Sneak 5M in 29:22 as a final tune up yesterday. Oh, my mileage over the last eight weeks went like this: 36 (Half mary recovery week), 48, 67, 61, 75, 74, 53, 45 (and 800 miles of biking). There was a 7 day period where I ran 95 miles during those two 75 mile weeks. Outside of the injuries, and the coughing and hacking of scummy chest phlegm, I had a great cycle.

  • 29m 22s
  • 5.07 miles
  • 05m 47s /Mi

Race Report: Cherry Creek Sneak 5 Mile Race

Cherry Creek Sneak
Official time: 29:22/5:52 pace

Garmin distance 5.07m/5:47 pace...

4th Overall
1st Masters

All of my splits were 5:55 0r faster!

I ran well. My time would have won last years race by nearly a minute... this always happens to me.

Tough competition... 3801 finishers in this race.

Garmin Splits:
5:43, 5:44, 5:49, 5:55, 5:55

I would have shattered my 5K PR today. I'm happy!

Age graded: 79.3% Predicted VO2 Max: 57.7 ml/kg/min

  • 1h 45m
  • 20.05 miles
  • 11.46 Mi/hr

Rode Dills' MTN Bike at Highline Canal. I was intending to ride with him as he ran his 20 miler the whole way but he started without me... I rode hard for the first 7 miles then caught mark... rode along with him as he ran for 5 miles. I was freezing since I was wearing running shorts, so at mile 12 I left him and rode back hard.
It was rough

  • 55m
  • 6.40 miles
  • 08m 35s /Mi

Easy morning run with F4... It was windy... go figure

  • 1h 27m 30s
  • 29.20 miles
  • 20.02 Mi/hr


I LOVE WIND. I hope it stays windy forever... Please wind... blow harder...

Weighed in this morning... not something I do very often... I am a little heavy, but my body fat is pretty good. I have been eating poorly lately... lots of junk. I need to check myself for the next 9 days and hopefully drop a couple of pounds... YIKES

  • 1h 28m 40s
  • 30.00 miles
  • 20.30 Mi/hr




  • 18m 55s
  • 3.00 miles
  • 06m 19s /Mi

Ran with the Snug... started out easy then got caught up in a little race... :)

Good short tempo effort though.

Mile splits: 6:44, 6:12, 6:08

  • 1h 01m
  • 6.04 miles
  • 10m 06s /Mi

Ran up a dirt road... starting at 8500 feet and ran up to around 10000 feet. Nice and easy

  • 1h 30m 15s
  • 13.65 miles
  • 06m 37s /Mi

Ran the 1st half of the Colorado Marathon course for the second time! Head winds again, but hopefully this will help me with a psychological advantage on race day if there are no winds at 6 AM.

I ran pretty well but I am pretty fatigued overall.

1. 6:26
2. 6:32
3. 6:44
4. 6:35
5. 6:39
6. 6:38
7. 6:37
8. 6:36
9. 6:36
10. 6:35
11. 6:42
12. 6:40
13. 6:41

My split for 13.1 miles was 1:26:43 which is a bit slower than my projected race pace, but there was a lot of wind, it was warm (2pm run), and I am not recovered from my training yet. Overall a good effort

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