Friday was a merry-go-round workout. I parked at Watson Raod elementary school and ran the Glenmore Highlands for 11km, then did the two tits workout, only added on extra hell hill climbs and dilworth climbs to get my total of 28k, 4000feet and 3hr 40min. Been there done that workout and it probably didn't help that we originally planned to go up to Needle Peak and because of the low levels of snow decided the night before to stay here. You just can't replace a day in the mountains with the two t's and compare them. The positive is that I did get very close to recreating the first stage of the race!
(view from highlands looking towards two t's and hell hill)
(view from two t's looking back at highlands)
Saturday proved to be a positive back to back day for me as I set my goal on 6 repeats at Pin Cushion. This too was close to recreating another stage at 24km, 5400 feet and 3:40hrs again. Mind you the best part of my day being out with the PACE athletes and coaching. Everyone did a great job on this challenging trail which ascends 900 feet in 2km, making the up/down repeats not only physically challenging but the trail is loose, rocky and technical. I opened up the day for clinic participants to invite friends or family and I too invited our good friends Michael and Suzanne. They were awesome and came out with their packs on and hiked back to back to back... repeats too. The other highlight of the day was the Inspiration Tree. I asked everyone to bring along an item that 'inspires them' and we tacked things on the tree so we could be reminded with each repeat.
I would have tacked all my runners at the end if I was able... they all inspire me for different reasons.