More to come, but after running the best 40 miles of my life (I was 75 minutes ahead of my plan); my race fell apart. Over the next 30 miles, my stomach started churning and 13 bathroom breaks later, I pulled myself from the race at 70 miles. I’m unsure of what I ate, but something did not agree with me. I still will put together a video since it was a great race with an unfortunate ending.
The race is tomorrow morning at 8am. Looks to be a perfect day.
Please click the Tortoises and enter in 711 (my bib number). You can scroll the frame to get the specifics.
Who and what is the rabbit? It’s a trail race in Steamboat Springs, CO. This race should be the most difficult event I’ve ever done. It runs in the mountains around Steamboat and follows about 8 miles of paved road, 68 miles of trails and the rest rough jeep roads. Total is 102.9 miles, 20,191 ft. ascent and 20,191 ft. descent. I have 36 hours to do it.
I got to Steamboat yesterday and immediately started following the course up the ski hill. Half way up, I got rained on as you can see from the pictures below. I was only gone from Colorado for a week, but the leaves have really changed colors quickly.
The hill below is part of the beginning and ending climb. There are no switchbacks in this part, it’s straight up and straight down.
On the way up the hill, I met another runner. His name is Walt and he was also checking out the course. We ended up meeting today and hiking another part of the course. Coincidentally, the same trail I just left, The Continental Divide Trail, is part of the course and we hiked on it today.
More views of the colors from the course below
First and foremost, here is 4 weeks in Colorado edited down to 12 minutes
Last night, Preston and I went to the Goo Goo Dolls and Collective Soul concert. It was a lot of fun since it was on the grass outside the Long Center. However, next time we’ll save the ticket price and sit on the grass a auditorium shores which is just 100 feet away.
I’m heading back to Colorado this week for the 103 mile Run Rabbit Run race. More info to come in the upcoming days.