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Climbing Mountains
Jacob Rydman's journeys of faith and endurance  

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October 17 2011
Week of Oct. 10 - 16

Mon, Oct 10
PM: 10mi (1:27), 2,000' - Through Rocklin/Lincoln/Treadmill
Easy jog, mostly along Wildcat Blvd. Got bored of the flats and wanted a vertical feel. Best option was the treadmill (not ideal, but you do with what you're given). 7.5mi on road, 2.5 on t-mill @ 13% incline. + core

Tue, Oct 11
AM: 1hr bike ride through Rocklin and then to work (13mi, 800')

Late Pm: Short, 15min ride home (3mi, 200')

Wed, Oct 12

PM: 9mi (~1hr) - Whitney HS Track
1.5mi wu followed by 20x400 @ 78-81 w/ 1min rest between each and 1/4mi jog after every 5. Workout felt really easy and smooth. Proud of the xc team for an outstanding workout as well. 1.5mi cd. + form drills

Thu, Oct 13
PM: 13mi (2:10), 1,000' - Twin Rocks/Horseshoe Bar
Easy out (1:03) and back (1:07) from TR to Horseshoe. Legs felt a little tired on the return, specifically in the hammies (expected after yesterday).

Fri, Oct 14
PM: 29mi (5:10), 5,000' - Cal St
What a suffer-fest. Underestimated the heat and didn't bring enough water. Realized this a mile from Rucky-Chucky (original plan was Foresthill to RC and back) so I turned around 14.5 into it (2:10). Was ridiculously thirsty at Cal-3 so I went down 6min hill but veered toward the river and found the "safest" place to fill. Had to do this again just after Cal-2 in a super sketchy creek bed and again after Cal-1 in Dardanelles Creek. Man, had to stay laser-focused mentally to ignore my bodies plea for liquids. You can tell I was hurting by my 3hr clip back up; also had to walk it in the last mile as my body had no power left from being dehydrated.

Sat, Oct 15
AM: Crewed for my wife as she ran her first "marathon" (course was 27.7mi) from the Auburn Overlook to Negro Bar. A mi into the race, half the field got lost (including Sara) due to their being no flagging at a pivotal intersection. Sara estimates she lost 30min trying to get back on course and once she did, was even more determined to let 'er rip. She came into Rattlesnake Bar (9mi+) in 1:50, feeling good and focused. The next spot I saw her was Sterling Pointe (1.5mi after Horseshoe Bar) flying past other guys and had made up significant time. As she came through Twin Rocks (18mi, ~3:45) she still looked smooth, but had developed some blisters. Luckily, her Dad had some thick socks on and after a quick swap, she was off again. I saw Sara again on the levee turnoff at ~22mi (1/2mi out from Cavitt Jr High and where Sierra Nevada 50 started) and as I jogged next to her for a short distance, she mentioned her feet were still hurting, but she was intent on getting it done. As I waited at the finish with family and friends, shortly thereafter, I got to see my wife not only finish her first marathon/"ultra"; but do so as the OVERALL winner in a time of 4:48 for 28-29mi (she beat the 1st place man by almost 11min). So proud of her for persevering and for accomplishing her goal of finishing. Apparently she has been bitten by the ultra bug and has her sights set on the Way Too Cool 50k in March.........I probably ran a total of 1.5mi and hiked around a bit too.

PM: 16mi (2:00), 1000' - Through Rocklin
After shaking off some early fatigue, started feeling good and probably held 7:30-7:45's with the last mile in 6:29. Jogged around very easy for 10min after that at Springview.

Sun, Oct 16
Late PM: 4mi (32:17)
Easy jog, partly on road and partly at Springview. Legs felt expectantly heavy at times. +form drills

Miles - 82.5

Time - 12hrs 37min

Vertical - 9,000'

This week is about Sara, plain and simple.  What she models day in and day out: Drive, love, strength, focus, positivity, joy, and passion (to name a few), were displayed through her running on Saturday.  It would've been easy to become discouraged having lost so much time early on, but Sara kept constant prayer and focus to keep pushing on.  Her spiritual, emotional, mental, and physical life worked in unison to accomplish what she set out to do.  To say I am proud and honored to call her my wife would be an understatement.  It's a joy to watch her grow as a woman and, to join her in that each day.  I'm definitely the man I am today because of her (those who've met her would totally agree) and to see where we've come from, where we are, and where we're going as husband and wife is exciting.     

Some pic's from the race:

That's my wife!  Photo: Michele Bonnie
No explanation needed:)  Photo: Michele Bonnie
1st place overall.  Photo: Brenda Rydman
Her fan club.  From left to right: My dad Mike, Sara's mom Tracy, Sara's dad Mike, Me, My dad's wife Brenda, Sara, Sara's sister Jill, and Sara's Grandparents.  Photo: Michele Bonnie
Sara coming into the finish reppin' the thick socks from her Dad.  Photo: Michele Bonnie

One of the 4yr old twin boys she nannies for congratulating her.  Photo: Michele Bonnie



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