|I ran to the top of that waterfall in the back.|
So that's what I've done. For the last five Saturdays, I've gotten up, driven to the top of Pike's Peak, ran down part way, back up and then did it again. Each Saturday, the run, the weather, the mountain itself, has been different. The only thing that has stayed the same has been the elevation.
|The trail up the waterfall.|
I am not elite.
But! I've also trained in other environments. I've been up and down the Incline I don't know how many times now. We went out to Telluride over 4th of July weekend, and I ran 4 miles up to the top of a waterfall. One weekend my friend Tim and I went from the bottom of Pike's up to Barr Camp at 10,200 feet. During the week, I ran in our neighborhood and ran up all the dead end roads that spur off our main drag to get the uphills.
I also haven't been able to do this alone. I've gotten training advice from those who have gone before me up the mountain. I've gotten PT assistance, and visited my chiropractor, who is also done the Ascent. Most of all, Eric has been my constant companion in this. He's driven me places, waited while I ran, delayed our weekend adventures, even agreed to cancel a camping weekend so I could get more time at elevation. He's been a true champion here. He's picked up things I haven't been able to do at home because of the training. He even made me a peanut butter and jelly while I took an ice bath and showered so we can get to our next thing on time. Sometimes all of woman needs is a good man and a sandwich, and that weekend, I had both. This is been adventure for me, but make no mistake that this is been a summe sometimes all of woman needs is a good man and a sandwich, and that weekend, I had both. This is been adventure for me, but make no mistake- this is been a summer of sacrifice for him.
|My "daily driver"|
I'm writing this from the Miami airport, where in a couple minutes I'm leaving for a three-day, high-impact, high-work-hours trip to the Dominican Republic. I'm counting on the extra oxygen to heal up anything that might need a boost. I'll be back Thursday night, and up to the top on Friday to breathe the thin air.
The race is Saturday. It may snow.
Let's do this.
|Top of Pike's. I've been here. A lot.|
|Top of Pike's.|
|View near my house on a daily run.|
|Top of the Incline. I went to the top of a lot of stuff this summer.|