You know, the one that means the work has been done. There's no turning back.
Oh yeah -
The hay is in the barn
The money is in the bank
The junk's in the trunk
My entire running life is in this duffel bag.
|The way it works is that you get this nifty duffel bag and whatever|
you can fit into it including sleeping bag, boxes of wine, etc you can bring.
Here's what this 6 day stage race of 120 miles will consist of:
Day One: 21 miles, 2,200 feet of gain. Buena Vista, CO to Railroad Bridge
Day Two: 13.4 miles, 3,400 feet of gain (Hope Pass). Vicksburg, CO to Twin Lakes (Leadville)
Day Three: 24,2 miles 2,700 feet of gain Leadville, CO to Camp Hale
Day Four: 14.2 miles 2,900 feet Camp Hale to Red Cliff
Day Five: 23.6 miles 4,100 feet Red Cliff to Vail <this day is going to kill me
Day Six: 22.2 miles 5,100 Vail to Beaver Creek <-this day is going to kill me more
That all adds up to some crazy shit.
And, here's one of the camping spots.
|Damn. I just wish this race was a bit more scenic|
I've got to say, I'm ready to be done training and to start running. I may be slightly under-prepared for the daily mileage, but all I can do now is go for it. What makes me most nervous are those low and painful points you hit during a race, where you have to figuratively pull yourself out of the toilet.
I have some tricks for that. I tell myself:
- Don't assume it will get worse
- Ride the lows and know you will again hit a high point, but don't get too confident there
- Realize that it's hard for everyone
- There is beer and a cold river to soak in at the end
- You can do hard things
- It is a gift that you are strong and fit enough to do this race. It is a gift to be able to run at all.
- There is beer at the end.
So, think of me at 8:30 Tuesday morning when I begin this journey. And, stick with me along the way. I won't be blogging until I get back, but join me on Instagram. Or, daily results from each stage are posted HERE if you care that much and are a creeper.
Have a great week!
PS: Krosby's new favorite spot. He's in sync. Get it?