Last year was my first foray into Ultra Running and I completed two 50km trail races. Although they were huge amounts of fun, they are very demanding and take a long time to recover from. As a result I have not scheduled any Ultra's until the Fall for this year leaving me to concentrate on triathlon races. Hopefully I will be able to schedule the JFK 50miler in late November.
I found last year that not only do Ultra's take a while to recover from, they also detracted from my triathlon racing. The training for Ultra's meant that I was doing more long distance slow runs and also cycling less. I was running strong but not with the pace needed for triathlon.
Without the Ultra training during this spring I was able to keep the cycling hours and concentrate more on tempo running which produced a fast marathon and PR's in the triathlon races so far. However, with the weather getting better and the nights longer I will gradually get back out onto the trails to make a change from the pavement....and besides running on trails is so much more peaceful and fun!
- First cross race of the season at #AACX today....always a tough race when you are the race director as well but had a solid race for 4th in the Elite Masters. . . . . . #IFB #cyclocross #parvillacycles #vandessel #tifosioptics #pactimo #industrynine
- Got to ride the trails at Marine Corp Base Quantico yesterday at the Quantico Epic....50 miles of awesomeness despite the muddy trails. Gradually feeling like I have recovered from the #bestbikegameever . . . . . . #marathonmtb #parvillacycles #alchemybicycles #IFB #quanticoepic #cycling #mtbracing
- Perfect day out on the trails yesterday on the @alchemybicycles at #schaefferfarms . . . . . . #IFB #parvillacycles #MTB #xterratriathlon #mtbracing #marathonmtb
- Kind of a rough day at 6hrs at Woodstock. First 3.5 hrs were fine (even with a 10min stop for horses on the trail) and then stomach shut down. Probably related to stomach bug earlier in the week. Decided not to head out for another lap. Great trails though and a good race from Joe's Bike Shop as always. 📸: @dchammerette . . . . #6HAW #parvillacycles #mtbracing #mtbmarathon #IFB #patapsco #mtb