Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Mt Hood PCT 50 Miler Prep

my next race is a 50 mile ultramarathon - olga varlamova's mt hood pct 50 miler. she's told me a couple of times now "you've got a course record to beat :) ". talk about pressure -the course record is 6:45! that is an 8:05/min mile for 50! below are the last 5 years winning times.

2006 Andre' Michaud 7:55
2005 Michael Wedemeyer 6:58
2004 John Ticer 6:45** course record, 8:05/min mile pace for 50 miles w/5,300ft of gain
2003 Craig Thornley 7:36
2002 Steve Smucker 7:16

the race starts at the clackamas lake ranger station, located next to timothy lake, and south of mt hood in oregon. the course is an out and back on the pacific crest trail. the course climbs 5,300 feet as you run up to timberline lodge on mt hood at 6,054 ft.

elevation profile to the half way point at timberline lodge

apparently john ticer ran a 3:30 to the 1/2 way point at timberline lodge, and a 3:15 on the way back. i am just going to run my best race and hopefully that will result in finishing in the top 3. we'll see how my training pays off. i would have liked to have gotten one more big day of 40+ miles in before hand, but climbing mt daniel sounded too fun to pass up.

i watched both the pre movies recently. i think this quote works for me on many levels. i am not the fastest, that is made apparent to me every time i train with some of my elite level friends. so it's always a guts race for me and i'm going to let this quote run through my head in oregon...

"A lot of people run a race to see who is fastest. I run to see who has the most guts" - Steve Prefontaine


Anonymous said...

Hey Matt,

I'm curious if you follow a specific training plan to prepare yourself for the events in which you compete? If so, could you give a general idea what a week looks like? Thanks.


olga said...

Ahm...that's too much calculation for my lil' mind...just get out here and kick butt!!!

Hart said...

hey brad. i'm a total geek when it comes to training plans. i am an endurance coach after all. every plan should be suited for each runners strengths and weaknesses, so what might work for me might not work for you. i try to get a tempo, speed, hills and long run in each week. depending on the race course i'll do different things. i do a ton of yoga and some weights.. but being an adventure racer as well i ride my bike a lot and teach spin class twice a week (high intensity). i also get out and kayak. so i do lots of cross training, but still find a way to get 100+ mile weeks in here and there for the ultras.. it's easy bc i love to run trail.

olga - yeah i'll think i'll just shut my brain off now and run.

WynnMan said...

Light em up at PCT! Would this be a "backyard" race for you?

What the hell Vinokourov! Not another tour follie. Hell, I'd just start doing 24hr bike races.

Contador looks promising in the future, that is if he is clean.

Hart said...

for those that don't know what wynmann is talking about.. vinokourov the tour favorite was caught blood doping and his whole team astana dropped out of the tour today.


i don't wanna watch but i have to!

i wouldn't consider this a "backyard" race, i've never even run there.

Anonymous said...


Thanks for the info. Looks like you've got an 8-day week there!

Good luck at the races.