Any Chi town athletes interested in getting together for some swim/bike/run? I hope training is going well for everyone!
If you're not opposed to trail running you can go out to Palos. There are plenty of fire roads and single track with some nice hills/climbs. Other than that you may want to do some incline treadmill work or the stair master (yes, the stair master; I know!)
Let me know if you want to get some training in, I go out every Saturday with my tri club and the guys/gals from Ultimate Fitness on Emerson. We leave from the parking lot at 7am, sometimes 15 of us and sometimes 3 but it's always on! Check out my club's site at www.multisportmadness.com; membership is only $65 per year and we have a ton of discounts including a discounted membership at Ultimate that includes unlimited computrainer sessions. We have Kona, WI, Louisville and should have IM Canada and Coeur d'Alene by next week.
I ran the leadville 50 last year and although I can't speak for the bike, I know the run was something else. Definitely some of the best 11 hours and 14 minutes of my life with absolutely gorgeous scenery and outstanding volunteers. They do it right and the terrain lives up to it's name.
The bike race for the 50 (same trail as run) was on Saturday and the run was Sunday so I asked a biker the night before in the grocery store how it went..he simply replied, "well... it's Leadville." I guess that's about the only way to describe it...I'll definitely be back for the 100 :)
Enjoy the first hill and best of luck!
Congrats on finishing! I just did my first 50 mile ultra last month at Kettle Moraine and it was brutal, I thought it was tougher than Ironman! I can't imagine doing it at 10K feet...
It's definitely going to be a tough day and I'm looking forward to earning my second buckle of 2011. Any tips on training in the midwest for the elevation? I saw the altolab-usa.com info on the Leadville site and have read mixed reviews on if it actually works. I can't go 2 weeks in advance to get acclimated to the elevation due to Ironman training, work and family.
Congrats on Kettle Moraine. Worth giving it a shot?
I was born and raised in Florida, currently live in the heart of the city, have asthma and when I chose to run the 50, I hadn't even run a marathon. Needless to say, I feel your pain with training in the midwest and not having enough time to fully adjust to the climate.
With that being said, we did arrive on Wednesday for a Sunday race. The 4 days that we spent in Leadville was good enough in my opinion. I don't think I was going to get any more acclimated than I already was. We did a few short 7-10 mile training runs each morning and then drove to different cities and different mountains to hike and whatnot. The continental divide and Aspen were two of my favorites. Definitely see a few of the old mining ghost towns.
My training revolved around the fact that A) I was going to control what I knew I could control and let the rest go. Altitude training wasn't going to happen so I focused on the aerobic side of things as well as leg strength. My long runs weren't that long, but they were quality runs B) I wouldn't face any worse conditions than I do in the midwest (i.e. wind, rain, cold, etc..) so I felt confident that no matter what it threw at me, nothing would seem too difficult. C) The best place to emulate the Leadville feeling was running the stairs of my building. I'd do 37-40 floors at a time a few times a week. the air flow is low in the stairwell and that helped me learn to control the burning legs w/ the lower oxygen levels. And last but not least, I was prepared. I had the right equipment, the right mindset and plenty of fluids/nutrition. I'd reccomend salt tablets b/c the cramps up there are brutal when you are fighting for air w/ a stitch in your side.
Best of luck, I really hope you enjoy leadville as much as I did. I can't wait to go back.
I am with Jim on the June 26th. We are riding 1 loop of the course leaving at 7:30 am if anyone wants in.