Hello from Leadville! Its been a great week here at 10,000′! I’ve had several tremendous meetings with numerous people, some fantastic conversations with many, and been fortunate enough to meet several new people. This sport is great. We have been staying at the ‘Team Vasque House’ with several people from Vasque; Chris, Brian, Sarah, and Coral. In addition: Bryon Powell from www.irunfar.com is rooming with us. Annie and I have been very comfortable, slightly too pampered, and have greatly enjoyed a little down time. (Neither of us have had any time ‘down’ for the entire summer.) So, the ability to take a nap, or sleep in a little has been nice. Awesome! A huge thank you to Vasque for this tremendous opportunity to be in town for the entire week. The ancillary benefit is a little more exposure to the altitude here. The weather has been perfect, and I have enjoyed several runs on the 100 mile course.
On Tuesday, in conjunction with the media-day event hosted by Vasque (www.vasque.com) and ‘BOA’ (http://www.boatechnology.com/), I was fortunate enough to run with many ‘industry-insiders’ from the trail head on Halfmoon road over to Twin Lakes; approximately an 8 mile run. Fantastic. That evening I went back out for a 40 min jog up into the mining district right by town in Leadville. That was the ‘turning-point’ for me this week; during that run I felt my mind and my body truly free up and feel very good. Awesome. Wednesday morning brought more perfect weather, and I headed out and hit Turquoise Lake for any easy hour; and felt a little more freedom of movement in my body. Yesterday evening I went out and jogged for 15 minutes, stretched for 15 minutes, and ‘foam-rolled’ for 10 min. I also soaked in Turquoise Lake; not too cold; but enough to help.
So, after some more good meetings, a couple of nights of solid sleep at the comfortable house, this morning brought the best run yet, with a great hour run on the first and last 4 miles of the course: I ‘blew-out’ the carbon with a few pick ups. As I write this I am feeling very positive about my body, my head, and my heart; all very good things two days prior to ‘go-time.’ Of course; that little ‘tinge’ of doubt is hanging on; I think it always does simply because this is 100 miles! I have done my best to limit the variables; but that is a tough and tall order. With that said, I am looking forward to the mystery which awaits. Here’s to the bottom-of-the-well. Here’s to pushing back limits and boundaries.