I'm stoked to have some good guys in Kendrick and Matt out there crewing me this weekend and really stoked to run 50 miles around the highest flat-top mountain in the world! The mesa is about 500 square miles and rises 5,000 ft above the surrounding valley reaching its high point at about 11,3333 ft. Truly a remarkable piece of land! I've heard the weather will be great, low of 48/high of 68 with a 30% chance of showers in the afternoon! From what I've heard the course is really beautiful and fun, though slow. I hope not to spend more than 10 hours on the course- I feel like I'm strong enough to finish in less than 9 (the current course record stands at 9:24), but any given day...
Tomorrow morning Matt and I will leave Leadville and head out to find a campsite. My primary objective will be to keep my stomach happy, with a strong last 15 miles being my second priority. It will be fun to race again since I haven't run an ultra since my first and only pay-and-get-a-t-shirt ultra back in March of last year, the Bel Monte 50.
Here is last week in review:
13.5 miles with Brandon and Luna on the CT/CDT near Twin Lakes, 2:00, 2,500 ft
13 miles with Luna near Frisco, Meadow Creek-Gore Range-Ten Mile Creek, 2:02, 2,800 ft
8 miles with Matt and Luna on Mitchell Creek Loop from Tennessee Pass, 1:10, 800 ft
7 miles with Kendrick and Luna on the Boulder's Trail, :50, 800 ft
Totals: 41.5 miles, 5 hours, 6,900 ft
|Near the intersection of the Meadow Creek and Gore Range trails|