TransRockies start up
Made it out back to Colorado and the through the first stage of adventure travel. After getting up at 5am, my flight to Denver was uneventful. Traveling without a bike box and loads of gear is easy! However, once I got on the ground, I was put on the wrong shuttle and to make a very long day and long story short was stuck in Vail for the night…until a very nice stranger gave me a lift the extra 75 miles past Leadville and into Buena Vista. 14+ hours of travel and my first zero (no exercise) day in a long time. I needed the rest but not the travel stress (ask me about the story sometime) but it is part of the journey. Travel is half the battle but we made it and already started enjoying some of the sick single track that we should see over the next six days.
This morning Chris and I hiked up to Hope Pass at about 12,600 feet in elevation. Not so bad because we were starting at about 9,500 but I was defiantly feeling the thin air. The Leadville 100 started this morning and they will be climbing up this very same trail on their way to knocking out almost the same distance we will cover in about 24 hours. Gnarly!
up, uP, UP
For the TransRockies race we will climb up Hope Pass on Day 2 and descend down the trail behind me in the pictures and then follow the Twin Lakes to the right for about 9 miles from the saddle to the finish. Chris and I got to talk a lot and I am super stoked to be racing with him. He is a very experienced, funny and good guy with a lot of knowledge. There is no doubt we will be pushing though some tough moments (internally, externally and as a team) over the next week so it was nice to get to spend some stress-free time together on the trails and in the town of Buena Vista. We just finished check-in and picked up our HUGE bags that will be transported to each stage with all of our goodies.
Now we are off to the opening ceremonies and dinner to get the party started! Hopefully I will be able to get some updates out but there should be some coverage (of the leaders at least) on TrailRunnerMag.com and some tweets here and there. Thanks for all the encouragement and cheers.