Most notably, this town is awesome because it is a TOWN where people live year-round. Compared to other mountain towns, which see primarily tourists and seasonal workers, I felt right at home here. I went for my last long run here (30k) before IMKY, and it was beautiful!! Muscles responded surprisingly well, just 3 days after Boulder 70.3, but my feet felt a little beat up. Photos:
|Dude painting the mountains. Isn't life amazing??|
|I sooooo needed this (and food, plenty of it!)|
after my long run.
|Sunset at Mountain Village!|
From Telluride, I stayed in Snowmass Village for a couple days, including August 13th -- my 23rd birthday!! I had a birthday ride planned, and it was EPIC!! Before that, however: swimming and more exploring:
|Snowmass Village 2-lane 25-yd pool. You'd think that'd be|
shitty, but it was actually AWESOME b/c no one seems to
lap swim here? Pool all to myself!
|Birthday sushi with my couchsurfing host, Jack. AWESOME!|
|Exploring the grottos somewhere along Independence Pass.|
|Maroon Bells, a beauuuutiful 14er.|
And here's some of the birthday ride:
|Independence Pass is obviously the big one. The smaller one|
is up Maroon Ck Rd towards the Maroon Bells.
|Going up Independence Pass!|
|Jersey is the MUCyc jersey: Melbourne Uni Cycling Club.|
I miss my cycling boys back in Melb, Australia. They're going
through winter right now, though, so I don't miss that...
|Rehydrate from running water by the side of|
the road... how perfect is that??
|Nearing the top!|
|AWWW YEAHHHH... surprisingly easy climb, maxing out|
at 6.5%. Nothing dramatic. It's about 30km long, though.
|Normal, look normal|
|On the frickin' Continental Divide!|
|Shit, I'm a narcissist apparently.|
Anyyyyyway, I'm now in Leadville, checking out the town, doing some training and also, most excitingly, I am crewing for a friend attempting his first 100-miler run race. It's the Leadville Trail 100 this weekend (Aug 20-21), and I can't WAIT to be his sherpa. It's going to be epic! I hope to be of some use (he's already got a pacer for the back 50 miles), mainly making sure he's fed, watered, and when he's too tired to think, to take pictures to commemorate this day in his life, and to keep him positive! Should be surreal!