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Training for the Ascent in Northern VA
10/7/2013 11:04:17 AM
I don't know that I have THE way to train, but I'm from the very flat lowlands of Central Indiana. I tried to mirror my marathon training program, but with an emphasis on strength and endurance rather than running speed. My general program was (1) two days of spin class for anaerobic training; (2) for my tempo workout, two days of treadmill/stairclimber, running at 11% incline (average of Pikes Peak) and walking fast at 15% incline, keeping my heart rate under about 90% of max; and (3) long workouts of either a long bike ride or pushing a lawn mower (I parked my riding lawn mower for the summer to simulate continuous effort for a long time going uphill). [My brother suggested that to really simulate Pikes Peak that I should remove the wheels...probably accurate, but I didn't go that far.] I eventually was mowing the yard 5 hours straight at a fast clip or up to four hours on the treadmill/stairclimber. I finished 28th in my division out of 48, and I made the summit in just under 5 hours. As a frame of reference, I'm 62. It's the best feeling I've ever had after a race, so find what works for you and work hard at it. You can do it. In response to: Hi, I am planning on running the Ascent next year and would greatly appreciate any advice, URLs, etc.. the community can offer me. Has anyone trained in VA, then raced in CO? I'm interested to see how folks living in low altitude areas train for this race. Thanks so much in advance!
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