Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Time vs. Mileage

Yesterday I spent a great morning exploring the Caribou Range with Eric Taft. Eric is an avid back country skier. We met by the guard shack at the Smokey Canyon Mine at 7 a.m., the temperature was -5. I don't ski well so I was on my snowshoes. Our goal was Draney Peak....(I didn't make that up) and to get Eric some nice turns. We spent about 5 hours and climbed/descended over 5000 ft. The scenery and snow were terrific. Unfortunately I forgot my camera. As I logged my time I can't help but wonder how it compared to my long run in Seattle the week before when we ran 32 miles in 4.5 hours. This week I spent more time and perceived effort was similar but covered considerable less mileage. I'm no sure how add this little adventure to my weekly mileage. What do you think? Maybe it's time fore a HR monitor/time/distance GPS, but in some ways that takes the fun out of it.

7 comments:

saschasdad said...

Hey Ty, the Matt Carpenters of the world train exclusively by time - never by distance. I'd say if you did 5 hours on the snowshoes with 5,000 vertical, that's a pretty solid day. In fact, even more solid than Hart's win at Orcas because he was running for only 4:42. Basically, he's an 18 min. slacker.

Eric Taft said...

I was going to say the same thing about Matt Carpenter. Doesn't he live and train by the heart rate monitor though. After the 5 hours of snowshoeing in some nice powder, running for 4 or 5 hours will seem easy. Thanks for the tour guiding, Draney peak is most excellent.

Ty Draney said...

Running by time may be the only thing I have in common with Matt, but one would have a hard time finding flaws in his training.....if I only were a genetic freak of nature with a VO2 max of a million.......let me know when you wan to get out again eric. I'll remember the camera next time.

Eric Taft said...

Maybe we can run\hike\ski (whatever) something like haystack peak or rock lake peak; as well. Late winter and spring are good times to go to some of the Salt river ranges highest peaks. I could bring the ice axe and you could glissade down some of these slopes with great ease and fun.

Ty Draney said...

I have always wanted to do Haystack. Keep me posted on the snow conditions and we'll bag a few peaks.

Steve Bohrer said...

Ty, you'd better get some skis. Same total body workout as the snowshoes on the ups and much more fun on the down.

Steve

Ty Draney said...

When I ski the biggest workout I get is from picking my sorry butt out of the snow....the fun factor goes down fast, but after this little adventure I'm inspired to try again.