TransRockies – Day 2
Today was just about getting up to Hope Pass and then letting it rip the 8 miles or so down to the finish. That was somewhat of a loose plan after we made sure we could get running from the started about 2K down the road from the climb. Chris was feeling much better this morning and considering his condition yesterday it was an amazing transformation to have him running today. I got all but total crap sleep but it was our first night in the tents and we got a good amount of rain so I am hoping I will be tired enough tonight to saw some logs. At any rate we made progress today and racked up a load of vertical.
Half of the day was spent climbing up some STEEP single track to hope pass. Great views and plenty of people to chat with along the way. I got to meet and chat with Johnathan from Salt Stick (guy has the biggest smile ever!) and Chris and him were able to talk about the deep things of electrolytes and such. We were pretty lucky to get the opportunity to have Johnathan share some wisdom and tomorrow Chis may have a medic draw some blood mid-race to see exactly what is going on.
I am actually starting to feel sore from hiking now that this is our 2nd pass up the climb and having to change cadence a bit. Chris has not worked out all the cramping yet so as he was making progress I kept myself busy taking lots of pictures and lots of video. I filmed just about the entire descent down to Twin Lakes just in case I ever think about doing the Leadville 100 and I want to watch it while I run on the treadmill. kidding.
I did let it rip on the downhill. Filming or not I basically spent the rest of the day doing a series of sprints, stop, stretch repeat – again and again and again….
We wrapped up the 13.4 mile day in about 3 hours and 30 minutes. Nowhere near a half marathon PB but likely to be some of the best trails I have had the pleasure of dancing through. Run camp is going well.
We are staying in Leadville tonight and Johnathan organized some swim time for us at a pool. Knocking out some hot laps in the pool at 10,000 feet got me giggling. I am starting to think O2 is overrated . . . or maybe I am just starting to get tired. Tomorrow we have over 24 miles to get onto and its almost time to eat so I got run.