Friday, December 5, 2008
Avalanche Peak Challenge Training
Been trying to get my training for the Avalanche Peak Challenge back on track this week after losing some focus on training with the move to a new house and work. Things seemed to come together well this week, with a 1hr30min around Craigieburn Valley, a 2hr run in the Port Hills and a run up Avalanche Peak today. I was feeling a bit tired after the 2hrs in the Port Hills on Wednesday, and went at a steady pace walking, not running up the Avalanche Peak track (its really steep!). I started to feel better as I got out of the trees, but still wasn't trying to really push it. I was sure I wouldn't get close to my fastest time, a touch under 1hr, which I did pre winter. So I was pretty surprised as I got to the final part of the climb, the somewhat knife edge ridge, with a little exposure, and looked at my Suunto and saw I had 3mins to spare to make it a sub 1hr trip to the top. When I stopped my watch, making the trip from the Arthur's Pass DOC center at 737m to Avalanche's 1833m summit in 58mins. I was quickly brought back to reality when the local "clown" in the DOC center told be he's done it in 54mins! Jane started out before me, feeling similar and had a similar result. She did the trip in 1hr20 last week and today was 1hr16min. Training is slowly getting back on track..........
"The skier who forsakes the lifts to climb under his own power to a mountain summit is a very different person from the downhill only piste basher and is often regarded by the latter as something of a curiosity.
But he was the creator of the sport; and possibly with him lies the future"
-Robin Fedden, The book of Europen Skiing, 1966