Saturday, May 31, 2008

Church Hike

Cori: Hey Rick! I wanted to see if you were planning to join us for the hike, and if so, would you want to lead one of them?  There is an 11 mile hike that more ambitious people can do. Let me know:)

Me: You know Cori, hiking for me is like eating baby back ribs with a knife and fork, eventually I just want to ditch the utensils and dig in. After a couple of miles of hiking, all I want to do is run.  However, the timing of the hike is excellent. I have a big race the following weekend.

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A group of us including the kids went on a 1.7 mile hike to a beach, had lunch and while parents and kids hiked back some us went on a longer hike. There was no sun where we were and it was a bit cold but the company was great and the views amazing. We only traveled about 7 miles or so but I was still pooped in the end, probably because I don't eat or drink enough on hikes. I was also able to keep myself from running, well for the most part.

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2 hour run tomorrow. Deep down I am getting very excited for Kettle Moraine and Wisconsin in general. I'm keeping a tight lid on it, otherwise I won't stop thinking about it. Friday I finished my last day of heat training, woohoo. It was my 11th consecutive day of hitting the sauna. In the last three weeks I've spent a total of 13 days in the sauna and a couple more days of running around in layers. I've never done sauna training for heat acclimation, fellow San Francisco ultra-marathoner Jonathan "Gundy" Gunderson filled me in on the details. This is the method that he uses for his Badwater heat training. Basically 3 weeks out of a hot race you hit the sauna every day for two weeks. He recommended working up to 45-1 hour. Since I'm not doing Badwater I was fine at keeping it at 30-45 minutes. My good friend Jessica who grew up in Wisconsin advised me that it's not always hot and humid in the first part of June but I decided to prepare for the worst. I visit my parents regularly in Florida and my relatives in the Philippines. I know how humidity affects me, not pretty. Heat doesn't scare me, humidity on the other hand...

9 comments:

  1. Duuuudddeeeee it looks gorgeous!! You're the man :-) Spending part of a day with other peeps children is most normal peeps version of hell. (well, maybe just me :P LMAO!)

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  2. Rick, the pictures reminds me of the other side of Honolulu (Kaneohe) specially where you were standing.I really must visit you soon....time well spent that day.

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  3. That looks like a fun hike! Gorgeous photos, as always!

    I am sure your are well prepared for Kettle Moraine. Good luck in your last week of preparation, and I hope the upper Midwest treats you well! :)

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  4. I love your description of hiking! Glad you were able to fit it into your schedule 'cause it looks like fun! : )

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  5. What a beautiful hike :) It is hard to just hike when you know how fun it is to run the trails, but the hikes give you more time to enjoy the scenery!

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  6. Good luck with the continued taper and sauna training. Maybe this will prepare you for Badwater someday ;)

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  7. Looks like a gorgeous spot for hiking!!! We went bike shopping today! AND you would be so proud, I just finished 3 days of resting...I know I didn't have to take the time off entirely but I decided to not take any chances with this old bod of mine. I feel SO much better and I am eager to get going again!!!:>D

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  8. Beautiful! I wish I could take my kids hiking out there someday.

    About your heat training...why don't you just buy a ticket back to the Philippines? Problem is you'll come back around 10 lbs heavier :)

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  9. Nice pics and excellent analogy. Although having 20-30+ pounds on your shoulders in the form of kid + water + other stuff on the uphills helps with the feeling of not getting enough of a workout. And like Addy says, it's easier to enjoy the scenery.

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