The race started at 9,600 feet…The first 5k was a full-on ascent with switchbacks, rocks and a single track trail. We hadn’t even left the park and I was huffing, puffing and sucking in the thin air. Here’s to trying to compete with the Colorado peeps who have more red blood cells in their body than this flatlander will ever be able to produce!
The 2nd 5k was all downhill. It was wonderful that I could breathe and yet a miracle that I didn’t take a tumble of epic proportions. We were flying down the trail and I was just hoping every second that my foot wouldn’t catch a rock or a tree stump and send me flying down the mountain. Yes, the mountain.
All in all, what a blast! (Shameless 4th of July pun intended) I ended up finishing in 1:00:40 and Shawn came buzzing in about 15 minutes later with a smile on his face as usual! I only finished 12th in my age group, but was the first non-Colorado person 🙂 That’s good enough for me!!
The backdrop for our race did not suck.
This is the single track trail that started and ended the race. Needless to say, we climbed up into the trees and came flying down like Bambi.
Here comes Shawn on the final descent!
Nice Strong Running Form!
In the Finisher’s Chute
The dorky couple after the race
Thumb’s Up to my new Zoot racing shoes. They aren’t exactly made for trail running, but performed well on my first ever run in them!
Later that morning, we watched the Breckenridge 4th of July Parade. It is kicked off by several hundred mountain bikers who are heading out on the Firecracker 50 mile mountain bike ride. Now, THAT’s bad ass.
Now, this was your typical all-American parade with the Fire and Police Departments, families on bikes, politicians throwing candy and civil groups riding scooters. However, this was one “float” where I had to make my way to the front for a picture. It was basically a bunch of stoners dancing on the van to the theme song of the movie “Team America.” This just happens to be the theme movie of my buds in Austin. If you’ve never seen the movie “Team America,” you must…But, consider yourself warned. It’s a piece of work!
I wonder what those children are thinking as the stoners are driving by with “America F&ck Yeah!” blasting out of the speakers?!?!?
Hope your 4th was spectacular!