May 22, 2017

Ready for the Bolder Boulder

My current project is in Florida. The client is great; the work is really interesting; and the location is unbeatable.

Oh, just a normal happy hour view. SERIOUSLY HOW GORGEOUS IS THIS?!

The commute, though, is where I pay the price for all that. Palm Beach is a fairly seasonal airport that does a lot of traffic in the winter, and when I was here in February, the flight times weren’t too bad. But now that seasonal service has ended, my best bet to get here is to take an 8am two-leg flight that doesn’t have me landing until 4pm. I can certainly work in flight, but a whole day spent up in the air and unreachable for calls definitely isn’t ideal! Today I had an important meeting, so I gave up my Sunday to fly out instead.

I was able to take later flights (left Denver at 2pm) so that I could at least spend the morning at home. I tried to make the most of it: started my day with a hike, then did a bunch of errands around the house and caught up with a few friends on the phone.

And this is why I live in Colorado: because this trailhead is only 15 minutes from my house, and I can summit and descend this gorgeous mountain in less than an hour. Perfect for fly day!

I figured I’d catch up on email on the first leg of my flight (check), and then sleep on the second leg. That way even though I landed at 12:30am, I’d still already have a few hours of sleep under my belt and be able to get to the office by 8am. Unfortunately, the best laid plans…

My first flight was delayed about 40 minutes. Fortunately, I had a 90 minute layover in Newark, so that didn’t hurt anything; just shortened my time sitting around. But when I arrived in Newark, the next leg of my flight was also delayed 45 minutes due to a late inbound aircraft. And then after we boarded and got all set to go, the pilots discovered a maintenance problem that required us to get off the plane and wait two hours for a fix. United tried to swap out the aircraft, but the new plane required a tow from a far-away hangar and they determined that it would take longer to get the new plane / cater it / etc than just to fix the old plane. Translation: we finally left Newark at 11:30pm and landed in Palm Beach at 2am. And I didn’t sleep a wink in flight.

By the time I got my rental car, checked into the hotel, and got to bed, it was after 3am. Not exactly the ideal start to my work week! I skipped my planned Orangetheory workout this morning, determined to get as much sleep as I possibly could. I told myself that I’d go for a treadmill run after work instead, though in the back of my mind I worried that wouldn’t happen. I never know what time I’ll be able to leave the office, and I’m usually too exhausted after work to be motivated enough to work out.

Luckily, I got out at a totally reasonable hour, and after a bit more work at the hotel, I headed down to the treadmill as planned, hoping to do three miles around a 7:30 pace. And then… boom.

I started at 8.0mph (7:30 pace), then increased the speed 0.1mph every mile. Once I hit six miles, I did the last 0.2 at 10.0mph (6:00 pace). Best part? It actually felt fairly comfortable until the last mile or so!

Bolder Boulder, here I come!!


6 thoughts on “Ready for the Bolder Boulder”

    1. “Didn’t go as well as I hoped”? Are you crazy? You set a course PB on a course that isn’t exactly known for fast times! (When I clicked through to your comment your instagram picture gave it away.)

      I’m not sure why you would say “unfortunately”, but I hope it is NOT because I have thrown out fast times. I truly believe that the times I mention are entirely reasonable and attainable.

      I’ll be curious to learn what you mean by that statement….and what that statement “more to come” means!!!

    2. It’s not you! I got my expectations too high after a training run the week before – did 10K in 45:00, and I thought I’d be able to beat that on race day. I did NOT take into account how hard the course was – much more difficult than I remembered/expected. The “more to come” just means I will be writing a full race report elaborating on all this 🙂

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