June 1: Jason’s farewell night run started with a beautiful sunset and lots of good friends.
The problem with spending a year training for a hundred-mile ultra is that, the next year, you feel like a complete slob for not training at that same level. In fact, my 2016 numbers so far have been pretty big even compared to other big years (like 2014). But I’m only 60% of where I was this time last year! It’s hard not to feel slothful in comparison.
Still, I am training. I’ll be going back to Bighorn in about 10 days to pace Ben in his first hundred-miler. He’s in pretty good shape; probably better than I was at the time and I think he’ll do just fine. I hope to be helpful, but from a purely selfish point of view, it will be nice to get back up there and see Bighorn from the other side of the race.
Without further ado, here are some miscellaneous running adventures from the winter and spring of 2016.
Feb 7: very chilly on the summit of Bear Peak with Ben
Feb 7: Bear Peak, lots of snow and wind.
March 5th: Exploring White Ranch
March 5th: exploring White Ranch
April 3rd: Ben had never been to Green Mountain Summit?!
April 9th: a new connection near Eldorado Canyon
April 23rd: Red Mountain Open Space with Brian
Mile 305: April 23rd, Red Mountain Open Space (crossing state lines)
April 23rd: after 22 miles, we were glad to be headed back to the car at last! (Red Mtn Open Space)
April 29th: Last day of class and hopefully last snowstorm of the season… again!
May 9th: school’s out for summer! Time for some Hall Ranch action.
May 28th: Thunderstorm outbound from the summit of South Boulder Peak.
May 30: Demon toad is unimpressed.
Mile 483: June 1, Jason’s farewell night run
June 3rd: a Mesa Trail hot lap.
June 7th: the high country is NOT ready yet! Sourdough Trail.
June 7th: pavement was welcome after five miles of snow (Brainard Lake)
June 7th: Red Rock Lake (IPW).
Mile 533: June 7th, Sourdough Trail. Ben demonstrates proper falling technique on the Sourdough snowpack.
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