Friday, Estes Park - snow!!! And we are not prepaperd!
I mean, real snow, you know...
...covering the ground.
Saturday, 5 am - race start.
Ready for an adventure.
First AS 2.2M in, light drop, Krissy Moehl
A greatly groomed single track (and no, far form everywhere it was so smooth).
More of what we saw and ran on.
Some dirt road sections, and funny, they didn't bother me at all, in fact, on a second loop they were a welcome relief to stop trying to coordinate non-cooperating legs.
Fog and mist all day.
That is frost and snow, in case you never saw one.
Lots of stairs, seems that more second time around the loop. Not the most pleasant site either up or down.
And more stairs.
This how I looked when was making those stairs up.
Wild flowers under a fresh snow cover.
Caught JT Brownie at mile 15 first time, surprised beyond belief. He re-passed me at mile 27, then I got him back at 35 for good.
Scott Jurek manning Arthur's trailhead AS, long-time friend and former coach in my best year, who's advice I am forever following.
Another blast from the past, Walter Edwards, and PNW friend who moved to Boulder, a total surprise.
Courtesy of Eric J Lee
More nice single track.
More fairy tail mist.
Second loop, Larry had a camera and met me at mile 40.
I look the way I feel. And other way around.
Finally! I tried to squeeze a smile in.
But mostly, I finally allowed myself to sob.
A friend, Jody Chase, whom I raced with since 2005, beat me by 6 minutes and snatched last master's spot - way to go!
Nick Clark put on the best 1st year event I could hope for, and I am telling him that he killed me, and I loved every moment of it - well, now that I am done, anyway:)
Scott Jamie helped with awards.
Cleaned up and ready to eat.
Recovery socks - trying to take care of myself.