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3/26/2014 5:01:11 PM
Go youtube.com and search for "Pikes Peak Ascent" for videos of the course, aide stations and the people running the race. I do a lot of training on the treadmill in the winter and spring months. I dislike doing the Barr Trail in the snow. When the trail is clear of snow, I park near the start line and go to Barr Camp and return. When the whole trail is clear of snow, I will go all the way to the top and catch a ride back on the Cog RR or hitchhike back down if there are no seats. In the final week(s) before the race, I will drive to the top and do some work above timberline (12-14k). It is best to do this just before the race since adaptation to high altitude fades rather quickly. I have an exercise room in the lower floor of my house with two large windows (windows help a lot). I also have a large screen TV plus DirecTV with a DVR that allows me to record a variety of movies and sporting events. I often get so caught up in what I am watching on TV that I forget to make adjustments for speed and incline at the checkpoints. Without that help, it would be tough. Working on the treadmill for hours at a time while staring at a blank wall, probably meets the CIA definition of torture. In response to: I'm curious how many people have do the entire "race" on the treadmill for training and how often? I know it is harder on Barr Trail because of the altitude factored in, but how do you overcome the mental fatigue for that long on the treadmill with such grueling percent grades? It would help if I had a video of the course so I could at least pretend I am out in the scenery....without the painfully increasing altitude! ;) In response to: Start 0 miles 3% Ruxton Ave 0.45 miles 6% Hydro St 1.25 miles 15% Join Barr Trail AS 1.65 miles 15% Incline overlook AS 2.8 miles 12% Top of Ws 3.02 miles 12% No Name Creek AS 4.3 miles 12% Bob's Road AS 5.3 miles 3% 7.8 Mile Sign 5.9miles 7% 1/2 mile to Barr Camp 7.0 miles 11% Barr Camp AS 7.6 miles 12% BP Sign 8.7 miles 13% End of BP SB 9.4 miles 13% A- Frame AS 10.2 miles 14% 2 to Go 11.3 miles 15% Cirque AS 11.9 miles 11% 1 to Go 12.2 miles 11% 16 Golden Stairs 13.02 miles 15% Finish 13.32 miles
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