You probably already gleamed an eye over the image below. Yep. Last week I got an invite to go participate in this years TransRockies Run and it took some careful consideration but I knew all along it was just the sort of last minute whacky thing a guy like me needs for an epic run camp. My swimming is better than ever and after a 5 mile open water swim race and fast Nova masters session today I am confident my swimming is better than ever and okay to be on hold for now. Same goes for my riding. I have never been more pleased with what my power meter is telling me. After my mini speed block and a handful of speed sessions of running my pace is finally where I wanted it to be for Vineman (late but lesson learned for the next time around!). This only taught me that real speed comes from the miles and where better to dance them out than in the Rockies for days on end. YeeHaaa!!
It is a lot longer than I have ever ran before in a week and we are packing the miles into 6 days at high elevation but all I have to do is RUN. Am I scared? Is this going to be more epic than I imagined? Is the timing perfect? Am I excited? Yes!
The Trans Rockies race is the real deal! It covers some truly epic terrain along the 120 miles and over 25,000 feet of elevation gain on the way from Leadville, through Vail to Beaver Creek. Teams of two working together along the 6 days of stages running anywhere from 13 to 24 miles a day. I will be teaming up with Chris Maund for the challenge. He is solid and also a run coach so he can keep me in line when I start getting faded. Just the thing I need for a run camp! Although I do not know how much “running” we will be doing at 12,000 feet in elevation it only took a few of the pictures on the website like the one below to make me want to find out.
The race looks extremely organized and I got to talk to a few friends who have done it in the past and received nothing but positive feedback about it. It looks like we will have coverage and internet access so hopefully we will get in early enough each day to lay around in the cold rivers and provide some updates.
I was originally going to do the Santa Barbara tri next weekend but what is a boy to do when something like this falls into your schedule. I did the Oceanside 70.3, St. George Ironman and Santa Barbra triathlons last year and now will miss them all this year. Not a bad exchange for Patagonia, Sardinia and some more mountain time in Colorado! After a big block of swim, bike and run training in Boulder it is just the thing I need to mix it up and pack in some trail time running. Big thanks to Beth and Dave for connecting me up too!
When I get back I will still have 12 weeks to Ultraman World Championships for some specific prep. The burning desire of that race is getting stronger each day and knowing what I need for the final prep is what it is all about. Monique and the crew are headed to Santa Barbara for the race and I fly back that night into Santa Barbara for the after party. The timing could not be better!
After packing for adventure races I thought that packing for just a running race would be easy. I guess I am just a chronic over packer and maybe just looking for an excuse to visit REI a few more times!