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Training / Re: Flatlander Training Feedback
« Last post by Mark on March 18, 2018, 01:00:08 pm »
I think if you can run a 1:48 half you will be fine. With that fitness level you should be closer to a 4:00 to 4:15 ascent. The biggest question will be what effect the altitude has on you. You will want to make sure that you don't out to fast at the start. That can cause a lot of issues later in the race. Also, you will most likely be "walking" 80-90% of the race.
Training / Flatlander Training Feedback
« Last post by ericsonb5 on March 15, 2018, 07:34:08 pm »
Hi Everyone,

I was hoping to get some feedback to see if I am on track to complete Pikes Peak Ascent in August.  To be clear, my goal is simply to complete the ascent before the 6:30 cutoff.  I have no time goal.  A bit of background - I completed the half marathon qualifier in 1:48 (8:18 pace) in February in Minchigan.  Since that time, I have adopted the following training regimen:

-2 days per week of 45-minutes @ 15% incline, alternating between 4.0 mph (light run) and 3.0 mph (walk)
-1 days per week of 90 minutes of the Pikes simulation

I just had a baby and training time is a bit sparse.  I plan to increase the two days to 60 minutes as I approach the race.  I also plan to up the simulation until I am completing the entire simulation each week.  I also have begun taking high altitude training pills.

So, my question is whether this plan seems like it is enough for me to complete the ascent in the allotted time frame.

Thanks for the 2018 registration Pikes Peak Veteran Discount 15-19 year discount.
Training / Re: Am I Out?
« Last post by dnavarro927 on January 22, 2018, 09:30:38 am »
Those are good ways to gauge this, thanks!

In races that I have done, especially in recent years, I am typically within the top 10-15% in my age-group.

My half marathon qualifier was a 1:52 and was part of a half ironman.  Doing a standalone half marathon, I'm confident I'd be able to run a 1:30 to 1:40 with running three days a week (mixing in other activities on the other days).
Training / Re: Am I Out?
« Last post by John Garner on January 19, 2018, 03:39:24 pm »
It totally depends on where you were to start and what your goals are.

If you are one of the top 10% of genetically gifted folks who don't have to do much in terms of training to run a sub 1:30 half marathon and just want to finish, you could probably do next to no training, walk up the hill backwards, and still make it under the cutoff time with an hour or two to spare. (We all hate folks like this.)

If you are a mid-packer and your parents didn't bestow you with the right genetics, you may be able to get away with less than you think. If you can get in 8+ weeks of solid hill training then you would have a good chance of finishing under the cutoff. Doing your "best" will take 6-8 months of very carefully planned training and may need to wait until 2019.

If you are a back of the packer for whom the qualifications were daunting enough, you are going to want 4-6+ months of solid hill training 4-5x per week just to have a chance of finishing.

As for doing other things, try cycling. While not optimal, you would be improving the same part of the body that carries you up the trail.

Training / Am I Out?
« Last post by dnavarro927 on January 19, 2018, 12:36:43 pm »
Hi Everyone,

My plan was to sign up to attempt the Ascent this year.  Started off the year on the right path, have always had pretty good fitness/stamina, but...hurt my knee a couple days ago, which is putting any lower body work out for the time being.  So for now, all I can really do is upper body, which I know does close to nothing for a race like this.  Will be doing a lot of swimming to at least maintain the "motor".

With all that said, what is my absolute cutoff for having enough time to train to make this a realistic goal.

Thanks in advance

Race Info / Re: 2nd Chance Qualifying for 2018
« Last post by Kip Russell on December 30, 2017, 02:23:11 pm »
That's awesome.  Thanks for the explanation.  August is coming up quick ;-)   
Race Info / Re: 2nd Chance Qualifying for 2018
« Last post by John Garner on December 30, 2017, 11:42:47 am »
We figured that folks who tried but failed on the mountain know what they are getting themselves into. Odds are they would have a solid understanding of what it takes to complete the race and thus have a very good chance of success in 2018.

The ultimate goal of the qualification system is not to be elitist but to make sure that those who toe the line have a good chance of success. Unlike most other races, you can't call an Uber to take you back to your car when you run into issues 10 miles in.

Race Info / 2nd Chance Qualifying for 2018
« Last post by Kip Russell on December 28, 2017, 09:10:54 am »
I just read the 2017 Peak Runners 2nd Chance section on the qualifying page.  (

What was the reasoning behind doing that?  I have no issues with it at all... it just stood up and piqued my interest :-)

Happy New Year, everyone!

General Discussion / Re: Trail Running Shoes
« Last post by SylvesterGri on November 26, 2017, 04:42:10 am »
A bit late to this, since you have already purchased a pair of shoes....  All great trail shoes that you listed (I have them all), but they are all a bit too heavy for the Ascent in my opinion, especially the Xodus 5.0, which is nearly 13oz depending on your shoe size.  There is hardly any pounding involved with the Ascent, so the cushion and protection that you would need is very minimal.  There are a lot of great shoes out there that would meet this criteria that are in the 9oz range, that would offer you enough traction and protection that you would feel comfortable with and still be able to use beyond the race.  I have found it advantageous to save weight for this race, regardless of time goals, every ounce adds up and it is also a great idea to have multiple pairs of shoes in the rotation for different applications and to minimize the risk of injury.  Just my .02.  Good luck!

It's not too late for me. I'll check the Xodus 5.0 out. Thanks for the suggestion.
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