Sunday, August 7, 2016

Over and Out. It's Race Time.

What's that expression?

You know, the one that means the work has been done. There's no turning back.

Oh yeah -

The hay is in the barn

Or,

The money is in the bank

Or,

The junk's in the trunk

Or,

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.
After months of training, hundreds of miles of running and thousands for feet of climbing, I'm headed to Buena Vista, Colorado, tomorrow to the start line of Tuesday's TransRockies Run.

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!

SUAR

PS: Krosby's new favorite spot. He's in sync. Get it?



30 comments:

  1. Camping in a tent? Oh hell no... seriously, you can do hard things! Best of luck Beth and yep, I'll be stalking you!

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  2. YEA !! Go Girl I have been following your blog for a few years now. YOU inspire me to do more. Thank you AND KICK ASS!!

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  3. Sending you all the best running and mental juju for this week! I just took a screenshot of your mind tricks for my first Ironman this year (Florida...I know you've been there, done that!) But sub "cold ocean" for "cold river" and the list is perfect. Go get 'em!

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  4. WOW! That's like 5 marathons in a row. You just rock. Enjoy!

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  5. Run like the wind, Bullseye! You've got this!!!

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  6. I'll be creeping on those instagram pics. Have fun Beth.

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  7. Be safe and have fun! Will be creeping too!

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  8. Good luck! I can't wait to hear about it all! P.S. I used to have a cat who's favorite sleeping place was the bathroom sink.

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  9. I'm beyond impressed! “The miracle isn't that I finished. The miracle is that I had the courage to start.”
    ― John Bingham

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    1. I love that quote...thanks for the reminder!

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  10. Wow! This event sounds awesome! Good luck and enjoy every step! This is seriously an impressive goal!

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  11. Jeesh...I'm tired just reading about that daily mileage. And that elevation??! But you've got this!!!! Can't wait to read your race report, so I guess I'll have to stalk your results daily. #knowncreeper

    Have a great experience!!! You can. You will. You must!

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  12. I never knew it was possible to be both jealous but also completely thankful that I'm not doing this at the same time. :) Best of luck to you!

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  13. Good luck! This sounds incredible!!!

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  14. Woah. I wish you all the best. You are a total badass and I'm in awe of everyone who will be doing this crazy race. Good luck and I can't wait to read your race recap.

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  15. Best of luck to you, you are amazing!!

    My grandmother's cat would get in the sink and then reach out and claw you when you walked by. Cats!!!

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  16. You are tough, brave, amazing and ready! Have fun and enjoy the experience!

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  17. I'm so excited for you (and jealous -- it looks amazing)! Good luck, have fun, be present, and cherish every moment :D You are going to do great!

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  18. so I am late to the game...are you doing the solo or team run?
    And go have a great time.....

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  19. Such an exciting event to be a part of. I hope it goes well adn look forward to reading about your experiences.

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