Day before - race checkin
Nice race swag! (we received even more goodies during the week)
Waiting for pre-race dinner
Hanging out before pre-race dinner
Some nice Texas folk :-) - before pre-race dinner
School where the pre-race dinner was held
Getting settled for pre-race dinner
Brian and me, excited to be running tomorrow!
We would be running in the desert-like mountains in the background
Our duffle bags were transported for us each day
Another duffle bag pic
Stage 1 - Buena Vista start line
Stage 1 - Before the start
Stage 1 - The race begins!
Start of Stage 1 - (Photo Courtesy of Thomas Miller)
Stage 1 - Heading for the hills (mountains!)
Stage 1 - A little bottleneck getting on the trail
Stage 1 - Looking back
Stage 1 - First few miles
Stage 1 - Smiling but kinda hurting too
Stage 1 - It was starting to get hot
Stage 1 - Forward motion on the uphill
Stage 1 - Checkpoint
Stage 1 - Downhill = good
Stage 1 - Looooong road to the finish
Stage 1 - Jersey/stage winners
Stage 2 - Waking up (hi Mike!)
Stage 2 - All ready for Hope Pass
Stage 2 - Almost starting
Start of Stage 2 - (Photo Courtesy of Thomas Miller)
Stage 2 - Goin' up
Stage 2 - Yeah, it's steep!
Stage 2 - Keep on moving up
Stage 2 - Looking back at the view
Stage 2 - Looking back
Stage 2 - Hope Pass still a ways to go
Stage 2 - Hey Idaho!
Stage 2 - Lots of switchbacks ahead
Stage 2 - Getting there
Stage 2 - Getting closer!
Stage 2 - Atop Hope Pass. Yay!
Stage 2 - Another view
Stage 2 - Now time for some scary steep, rocky downhill!
Stage 2 - Still goin' down hill, this part was better
Stage 2 - Happy in the pines
Stage 2 - Some nice grassland single track
Stage 2 - Brrrr, stream crossing
Stage 2 - Almost finished
Stage 2 - Yay, we finished!
Stage 2 - Finished
Stage 2 - Finish area
Stage 3 - Before the start
Stage 3 - Almost starting
Stage 3 - Running along Hwy 24
Stage 3 - Looking back, still going uphill
Stage 3 - Looking back at the view
Stage 3 - Looking back down
Stage 3 - A little water crossing
Stage 3 - Nearing halfway
Stage 3 - Approaching checkpoint
Stage 3 - Past checkpoint
Stage 3 - Tennessee Pass
Stage 3 - Fun trail running ahead!
Stage 3 - Awesome single track
Stage 3 - Almost finished
Stage 3 - Finish area in the distance
Stage 3 - Final stretch
Stage 3 - Finished! Cynthia was the Gore PR person who cheered everyone in to the finish
Stage 3 - Martin and Chrissy (Team Gore/City Sports) - They were great hang out with!
Stage 3 - Soaking fatigued legs
Stage 3 - Post ice bath
Stage 4 - Before the start
Stage 4 - Almost starting
Stage 4 - Going up
Stage 4 - Brian's face says it all...some STEEP uphill ahead
Stage 4 - Beautiful views
Stage 4 - Loved this part of the stage
Stage 4 - All smiles :-)
Stage 4 - Time for some stream running
Stage 4 - Fun, refreshing part of the course!
Stage 4 - Post-stage ice bath
Stage 4 - Finish area
Stage 4 - Tent camp (same as previous night)
Stage 4 - Nova Guides camp site
Stage 5 - Red Cliff start
Stage 5 - Brian sleepy
Stage 5 - Lovely pines
Stage 5 - Gradual uphill
Stage 5 - Hello single track
Stage 5 - Time for some downhill
Stage 5 - Ok, more uphill now
Stage 5 - Run to the hug!
Stage 5 - Beautiful views
Stage 5 - At checkpoint soaking in the views
Stage 5 - Time for descent
Stage 5 - Picking up some speed (put the camera away!) ;-)
Stage 5 - Happy in Vail after a really strong finish
Stage 5 - Vail finish area
Stage 5 - The joy of cell service ;-)
Stage 5 - Vail camp was nice - Ford Park
Stage 5 - Ford Park
Stage 5 - Post-stage scene
Stage 5 - Vail camp
Stage 5 - TRR shower truck -- so glad to be able to take a shower after each stage!
Stage 6 - Almost starting
Stage 6 - Ready to start
Stage 6 - Start
Stage 6 - Running through Vail
Stage 6 - Time to climb up this
Stage 6 - Beautiful trail
Stage 6 - These trees are lovely
Stage 6 - Time to run downhill into Avon
Stage 6 - Running through Avon
Stage 6 - Brutal uphill ahead
Stage 6 - Time for the last couple miles of downhill
Stage 6 - Finish area in sight, but there's a BEAR!
Stage 6 - Waiting for the bear to head into the woods
Stage 6 - Crossing the bridge, finish line is close!
Stage 6 - Yay! Team New Leaf Ultra is finished!
Stage 6 - So happy
Stage 6 - Post-race smiles
Brian was still attached to his sleeping bad post-TRR ;-)
Yay! Offical TransRockies Run 2009 Finisher!