Friday, July 15, 2011

Tapering for Lake Placid, Chet Warman Memorial Race and Stowe 8- Miler

Right when Amber starts her taper, I start back up with racing. This has been the longest stretch of time without racing since my stress fracture and I am definitely itching to get back into racing. I will most likely get my fill this weekend. Saturday is the Chet Warman Memorial 6 Gap Challenge which encompasses 151 miles of Vermont roads, six gaps and 10,700 feet of elevation gain. According to the late Chet Warman it contains "the longest, steepest stretch of road in America" with sustained grades of 20% to 24% on Lincoln Gap.  Fun. This race will be a true test of my ability to compete in the Adirondack 540 in September and I have already set a time(8:30) which I need to finish this in, or I won't register for the ADK 540. 8 1/2 hours seems like more than enough time to complete 151 miles as I will only have to average 17.75 mph. It will really depend on how many stops I will need to take for food as well as just how much those climbs take out of me. We will see.

The weekend wouldn't be complete if not to follow up an exhausting ride with a speedy run(hopefully). On Sunday, the best New England runners will be out for the Stowe 8 miler. As part of the New England Grand Prix, this race is sure to attract the fastest runners around. My best race of the year, New Bedford Half Marathon, was a NEGP race and I attribute my fast time to being surrounded by fast runners. We will see how that goes.

While I'm getting back into the swing of races, Amber will be enjoying a much needed taper prior to Ironman Lake Placid next weekend.

Up Next: VT double for Danny, Taper and rest before Lake Placid for Ambo

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