Circumstances are well in favor of making this a, "Week of Epic." I write this from my camper at the mouth of Rocky Mountain National Forest. While it's still a work week...I get to run up here for a couple days before heading back down to the Boulder area.
|turn-around point when trail went to crap|
Waterfall along North Fork Trail;
(To enjoy something like this alone
in the wilderness is so awesome)
|North Fork Trail; Rocky Mountain National Park|
WEDNESDAY: 0 mi; Sick in my belly! I blame a veggie burrito from 'Baja Fresh' (not so fresh..) on Tuesday evening for making me feel like absolute crap for 15 hours. My gut didn't clear the violation until about 8pm. Hence, no running... I tried to complete a write-up on Antarctic Mike for Conversations with the Trail but our connection fell through so I have that interview ready for posting other than a few final edits.
THURSDAY: 12 mi; flat; Dry Creek Trail. Extremely hot and humid...so glad to be feeling better.
|Spiz Recovery; my secret weapon|
I often run from S. Mesa to Chautauqua park and refill my bottle
at the ranger station....then head back to S. Mesa. This way, I only
have to carry 1 bottle and a little food.
SATURDAY: 16 mi; Mt. Evans: 14,264'. Capping off my week of epic, I ran to the summit of Mt. Evans. I surprised myself by running every step and maintaining a 8-10min/mile throughout. Not sure when I stopped having trouble at this altitude. My buddy, Eric, paced me from a mountain bike and car...providing water and food as necessary. It was awesome having him there to support me and allow me to run without a heavy pack...Thanks Eric! Here are some photos:
|Mt Evans; From 12,000' looking east|
|@ 12,500' looking down at lake below|
|Refilling bottle @ 13,200'|
|Summit Pic; I even leaned at the waist for visual effect. Epic day.|