23 July 2009

and so it begins.

well, bloggy friends, IM training has commenced !

last night I met with ARF [adventure racing friend] after work for a ride/ run brick. ARF loves climbing and planned the ride accordingly.

The first major (and prolonged) hill is New Cut Road. The second major hill is Hilltop. The next is Ilchester. Between 14 and 17 miles are the big initial hill and rollers on College Ave. The last one is Westchester.

Ilchester is 375 feet in about 1/3 mile (450 feet in less just under a mile). Hilltop does 325 feet in about 1/2 mile. Westchester is 275 feet in about 1/2 mile.


blue = elevation; purple = speed [it's AR's speed - I forgot my Garmin - mine is slower]

Summary Data

Total Time: 1h 24m
Total Distance: 17.00 miles
Average Pace: 12.14 Mi/hr
Elevation Gain (ft)+4,310 / -4,384

---- and what does one do after one trashes her legs up the monster hills of Ellicott City ? she runs, of course !

we got back to ARF's house, changed into running shoes, grabbed his dog and set out for a run.

Time: 37m 50s
Distance: 4.00 miles
Average Pace: 09m 28s/Mi
Elevation Gain (ft): +675 / -683

the run felt surprisingly good and the pace, shockingly easy.

and then: croissant turkey sandwhich + fries + beer.

good luck to all racing IMLP this weekend !


  1. Wow! That looks like one hellish of a bike ride. I guess those are needed every so often - especially if there are fries and beer waiting.

    I had a quick question for you from your RI Half IM if you have a minute. How did you end up fairing for hydration and nutrition during the race? I ended up buying a saddle mount water bottle holder so that I can carry 3 water bottles (I figure 1 per hour on the bike). What did you do for actual food, if anything? I figured I could do Gu, but I think that it would be really nice to grab a PB&J or something during the race. Any tips from your experience would be greatly appreciated.

  2. Wow, nice job! That's a shitload of climbing!!!

  3. All that hill work will get you ready for COZ!

  4. Ya, looks like a few small hills!! Great job and way to feel good on teh run after too.

  5. good luck, i look forward to following your journey.

  6. I love the diet. I may have to give it a try...

  7. Whoa, your bike map made me dizzy. Good luck with training, girlie :-)