Pullharder Run and Mountain Bike Crash
This weekend was the 2nd Annual Pullharder Marathon, a fun, low-key get together with a bunch of friends to enjoy some trail running. For the second year, I ran the 10 mile option and had a blast. I ran with Toby and Ben (who was running the full 26.2 yet still paced with us the first 10, he’s gotten crazy strong!) and it was great to be able to catch up with these guys.
The run itself went really well and I pushed a much quicker pace than my normal training runs. By the end we averaged just under 8 min miles, with mid-7s on the easier out section of the course, and I felt really good and strong the entire time. My training seems to be coming along really well and As long as I can stay healthy I think I have a legitimate shot at taking on and completing my first 50 miler.
Now, back to that staying healthy part of the equation. Yesterday, I went out to MTRP for a mtb ride and was once again reminded of how awesome this park is. We’re incredibly lucky to have a park with this many miles of trails so centrally located in San Diego County. There are hours and hours worth of fire road, single track, brutal climbs, fast descents, wild animals and beautiful scenery. I’ve spent a lot of time on these trails but there are still more for me to explore and I love being able to do that now via foot and on the bike. It gives me the chance to explore more frequently without the risk of increasing my running miles too quickly.
However, it does increase the risk of my accident prone ways to take over and inflict potential damage to my training schedule. After some great riding I was coming back down the trails and carrying pretty good speed. I got too much in to enjoying the ride and must have lost concentration for a split second. As I rounded a turn and started to accelerate out of it the sun blinded me and I didn’t see a rock in the trail. My pedal came down at just the right moment and caused it to jam in to the rock. It was basically like the front of my bike slammed in to a wall and all my momentum carried me up and over. Yep, my first front flip while carrying the bike with me. I came down pretty hard on my back but the worst of it was my right hip/glute that slammed down on a rock and my right lower calf has a nice line of imprints from the chainring. It’s not something that should cause long term damage but as of this morning pretty much any position other than laying on my left side hurts. Hopefully I’ll be able to still get in some runs this week and most of my workouts.
And what does a sudden stop look like on the speed chart?
I’d post a pic of the bruise on my arse but I don’t want to sexy up this blog too much. Anyway, here’s to hoping I’m not out for more than a day or two.