Saturday, July 7, 2012
Keystone Outback Training Run
Today I "ran" up the Outback area of Keystone Resort, up Keystone Gulch quite a ways. I drove up weaving between mountain bikers, some experienced and friendly, some not so. Testing for Elbrus Race 2012 training possibilities. I wanted to see if the switchbacks I noticed earlier in the week were potentially steep enough to be good training. I think it is a little unsteep, for the most part, with an average grade around 9% as opposed to the average grade of 27% on Elbrus. That means in general I have to go 3 times as many miles to accomplish the same vertical. In this case over 2 miles I ascended 1000'. If I were to lap it, I'd have to do 3.5 runs up and down, which would be over 7 miles up and 7 miles down, compared to the 2.5 miles on Elbrus for the same vertical as the Qualifier.