January 15th, 2012
Ascend/Descent ski hill as many times as possible in 1 hour.
Circuits completed: 3
Total distance: 4.5km
Total time: 1h10min
Notes: Took 2 days off as I wasn't feeling quite right (legs were more sore than usual). I have managed today to destroy my average from this summer which was 4 climbs in 2 hours (power walking and running on descent - barefoot). Was asked by ski hill worker to stay off ski track (thats means not even on the margin). This will triple if not quadruple my work load as off track the snow is crotch deep in some places. Oh well, c'est la vie.
As a side note, snowshoeing has turned out to be fantastic cross-training. Will add as staple to winter training. Also, I have considered tire dragging to spice things up a bit. Will look into making a harness and dragging the tire some moderate distances, 5k maybe.
In order to complete the Mount Olympus Marathon, I will have to be able to complete 46km with an ascent of 2695m within the cut-of time of 10 hours. Having lived on that mountain for days on end many times, I know this is quite challenging. There is an average rise of ~200-300m per km, or an incline of around 25% the whole way to the top of the mountain. As much as I love hills, the course is punishing. I will keep pushing it on the ski hill doing repeats until it becomes a long run, i.e. running up 7+ times.