Another week on the road, another venture into unfamiliar territory.
I decided to get revenge on the two trails which worked me last time I was here in October. Last time there was 6 inches of rain in 3 days. That made things challenging.
It was dry this week. It was almost 70 today! Wahoo!
I have been touring Subway stores this week look at promo execution. Kind of boring, and I have been ALL OVER this town.
Monday I took a stab at Shawnee Mission Park. It is a 4.5 mile loop on somewhat technical and rolling hill/switchback terrain. Not too tough. Easy enough to run the whole thing. I decided to pick up the pace, and decided for two loops. 1:25. Cool!
At one point someone was gaining on me (it was dark out). I saw this light making time on me on the swtich backs. I thought "man, this person is bad ass! they are running FAST on this in the dard".
Turns out it was a mountain biker. I held him off until the ridge, though.
Saw some trail nerds. Said hi, but nobody I have heard of.
Tonight I got done early enough to hit the Psycho Wyco course in the daylight (at the start). There was still mud on this course. And it is like... glue mud...?.... horse foot holes messing everything up.
BUT, it was a lot easier than last time. I managed to stay on the trail all the way to the dam, but lost the official course after that. I found some trails, but I am pretty sure they were not the right ones. I was a little concerned about getting lost, but it goes around a lake, so as long as I knew where the lake was, I was fine.
I made it around the lake in 1.5 hours. No pain or soreness. Some radical hill climbs and decents. I feel that I have my base back.
My last 3 weeks' mileage have been
42, 44, 46, and will probably do 50 this week. It feels good with no problems.
Hoping to hit Afton next week during the break. Maybe a power loop will be in the cards.
Oh yeah, watch for Helen this weekend at Iron Man. (Iron chick)
Good luck.... show them who's the boss.