Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Time To Race Again

I feel like I've been away from the racing scene for an eternity, while in reality it has only been about 2.5 months.  I've appreciated the downtime while coaching my daughters soccer team this spring.  My training has included just enough consistency to get by and gear up for the Collegiate Peaks 50 this weekend.  I have low expectations, but think if I can at least replicate the steady pacing and fueling similar to Moab, I should be in for an okay run.

I've been hitting up Mt. Falcon again this spring and feel like my climbing legs and ability to run technical trails is slowly coming around.  I'm probably about a month behind where I was at last year.  Hopefully CP is the spark I need to build my endurance and get ready for the Golden Gate Dirty Thirty.

Any day I'm not in the foothills, I can be found out wandering the Highlands Ranch trails.  One Saturday morning, I was 3 miles into a 10 miler and needed to make a pit stop.  As I was standing up near a tree, I could see a glowing white stick shining through some brush.  Upon further staring, it wasn't a stick at all.  I finally found the treasure I've been hunting for years.  An antler!!  There are deer all over the place in the backcountry, but I've never been able to find one...until now!  What a sight I was running for the next 7 miles with what looked like a claw coming out of my hand.

I've since found a few more treasures this week.  Only 5000 more bones and I'll have the full skeleton!