After the manifestation of unfortunate ailments the previous week, I decided it was in my best interest to give myself a few days rest. Three days off in a row was something that I hadn't afforded myself in some time, but I think it paid off and I'm feeling strong again.
This weekend I had the pleasure of witnessing one of the most inspirational events imaginable- the Hardrock 100 in Silverton, CO. Arguably the most difficult 100 in the country, it quickly captured my imagination and I am very hopeful that I will be among the 10% whose name are chosen in the lottery for next year's race.
Bearing witness to such awe-inspiring efforts on such beautiful terrain as the Hardrock 100 course really got me excited about the Grand Mesa 50 that I'll be running in a couple of weeks.
Meeting up with Brandon and Hannah was a treat, as was getting to share our new home with them. Brandon, Luna and I shared a few great runs including a summit of Mt Massive.
Anywho, the week in review:
5 miles in an attempted summit of Missouri, thwarted by thunderstorms, 1:25, 3000 ft
10 miles of the Hardrock course with Brandon and Sandi from Grouse Gulch to Handies Peak (14,087 ft) and back. Really great run on incredible trail. 3:20, 5000 ft
7.5 miles with Brandon and Luna, fish hatchery loop, 1:20, 1,500 ft
14 miles with Brandon and Luna up Mt Massive via the CT/Mt Massive Trailhead, and descending the backside to North Halfmoon Lakes Trail. 5:00, 5,000 ft
Totals: 36.5 miles, 11 hours, 14,500 ft
|Up from Grouse Gulch outside Silverton|
|Sandi and Brandon on some picturesque singletrack|
|Up on the first pass with Handies and the sun rising behind me|
|Brandon heading up the first pass|
|Sandi, myself, and Brandon on the summit of Handies (14,087 ft)|
|Me and Luna running the last of the ridge to Massive's summit|
|Us and Brandon on Massive|
|View from Massive's hindside|
|Brandon and L.D on the North Halfmoon Lakes trail|