Transrockies...what can I say? I had an absolutely fantastic experience and I think it's definitely one of the coolest things I've done to date. This running season has been nothing but spectacular for me and what better way to end it than with an epic 6 day, 113 miles of trail running in the Colorado Rockies. The icing on the (birthday) cake was that I had a kick ass partner...my brother Steve. There is nobody I would rather have run it with! One of my favorite days was Stage 2 (yup, my birthday!). I can't think of anything better I would have rather done to celebrate the big 3-0 than do a tough run up to 12,600 ft at Hope Pass...take in some great views...and then enjoy a fabulous fast descent on some fun single track all the way down the other side!!
I'm going to get around to some kind of real race report on the whole 6 days eventually...hopefully while my memory is still fresh from the whole experience. Once I get some pictures organized I promise to fire off a report. I will say that Steve and I managed to claim 3rd place overall in the Mixed Division and that was more than I could have asked for. I had no idea what to expect and went in thinking I would be thrilled with top 10. Here are the final results showing the 5 divisions...80+ Men (when the 2 partners ages add up to over 80), 80+ Women, Open Mixed, Open Men, and Open Women.
I just wanted to comment on what an awesome and well organized race this is and I would highly recommend it to anyone that loves to trail run! This summer was my first introduction into trail running and i'm definitely hooked more than ever...and already working out my race schedule for 2010! Steve seems to be pretty hooked as well and I look forward to seeing him kick some butt out there in the future.
I was a little afraid that after this race I would be tired and ready to take a long break and not run or race for a while. If anything the opposite has happened...I can't wait to get back out there. Our last Stage was friday...4 days ago and i'm itching to get out for a run. The only thing holding me back at the moment is the giant blister I received on stage 4 on the bottom of my heel. It got so bad that they eventually had to literally cut off all of the skin from the bottom of my heel...yeah it looks pretty awesome, and feels even better! Luckily I didn't have any major issues with it for the remaining stages. Stage 6 probably gave it the worst beating but at that point I was just happy we were finishing up the last day!
While I consider Transrockies to be the official end of the season for me, i've still got 3 more races to go...all within the next 6 weeks. Then I promise I'm taking a real break :) I've got the Canmore 5 Peaks coming up on Sept.12...i'm supposed to be doing the Enduro distance 12km but I'm trying to upgrade to the half marathon. I prefer the longer stuff and am not much of a sprinter. Then I have 2 road races after that. Melissa's 22km in Banff is coming up on Sept.26th and then the Okanagan Marathon on Oct.11. It looks like some fun weeks ahead!
That's it for now! Thanks for all the kind words everyone and putting up with my Transrockies babble all summer! My race report is still to come!