Just a quick update to say that I’m prepped for this year’s Pike’s Peak Ascent! Like last year, I did another barefoot trip from the Ascent start line up to Barr Camp and back down again. This year my fitness is MUCH better and my bare feet are definitely the limiting factor although also in much better shape in comparision. I made it up to Barr in just under 2 hours and was still feeling very fresh (very unlike last year). I was also able to run much more of the trail after the W’s than last year. The trip down took 3.5 hours because, well, walking downhill on rocks really hurts. However, I was much more relaxed than last year and was able to keep good barefoot form (ball first) the whole way down. In summary, I felt much better, but that didn’t necessarily translate into much faster times. So, the jury is still out for where I’ll end up. Hoping for a a sub 4 hour finish as long as my nutrition, fitness, and feet hold up as expected.
Starting the taper now; “all the training is in the bank/barn” as my running friends would say. Running the Run For Rwanda 5K next weekend in the barefoot division (consider signing up if you live in Colorado Springs) and going easy to fill up the next 3 weeks. Wishing everyone a great race in 3 weeks!
Shoes Are Cheating!