COLORADO THE MOUNTAINS ARE CALLING AND I MUST GO -STATE 43

ADT TRAIL MARATHON REPORT




DID A QUICK TRIP TO COLORADO FOR THE ADT TRAIL MARATHON.  THE GOAL WAS TO GET THE RACE DONE BEFORE THE EFFECTS OF ALTITUDE KICKED IN. MISSION ACCOMPLISHED.  THE PRE RACE TOURISTA SIGHTS WERE THE OLYMPIC TRAINING CENTER

 

 

IF YOU ARE PLANNING ON COMPETING IN THE WINTER OLYMPICS, GET GOING THERE ARE ONLY A HUNDRED FORTY SOME DAYS LEFT TIL GO TIME.

I ALSO ENJOYED GARDEN OF THE GODS BUT THE GODS WERE MAKING IT RAIN SO THE PICS ARE SO SO.




 
ABSOLUTELY STUNNING AND MANY REGRETS ON MY PART FOR SUCH A SHORT VISIT TO THIS WONDERFUL STATE.
 
 
PIKE’S PEAK WAS CLOSE BY AND HOW IN THE WORLD DO PEOPLE RUN UP AND DOWN THAT MOUNTAIN FOR A RACE- YIKES AND HATS OFF TO THEM.
 
LABOR DAY MORNING WE WERE BUSSED 26 MILES UP THE TRAIL TO PALMER LAKE FOR THE START.  THIS TRAIL HAD SEVERAL NAMES BUT I DID DISCOVER THAT THE AMERICAN DISCOVERY TRAIL IS A TRAIL ROUTE CROSSING THE COUNTRY FROM DELAWARE TO CALIFORNIA.  VERY VERY COOL.  CHECK IT OUT, A GREAT WAY TO EXPERIENCE THE STATES AND SOME HISTORY TOO.
 
 THE MANIACS WERE VERY  READY FOR A GREAT DAY AS YOU CAN SEE FROM THE PRE RACE PICS.
 
MET UP WITH DAVE B AND THE VERY NICE 5 HR PACER AND THE REST OF  DENVER POSSE. CINDY D WAS EATING CHIA AND WEARING A SKIRT MUCH TO HER DAUGHTER’S DISMAY.

 
MICHELLE THE GAL IN PINK HAD NOT ONLY RUN SOME GHASTLY ELEVATION TRAIL MARATHON IN SILVERTON  CO. WITH CINDY THE WEEK BEFORE BUT FORGOT TO GO TO SLEEP THE NIGHT BEFORE THIS RACE.  TOUGH STUFF.
 
WE LOCKED DAVE B IN THE PORTA POT AND PROCEEDED TO RUN THRU THE AIR FORCE ACADEMY.  IT WAS GORGEOUS AND SMELLED LIKE PINES.

 
 



I DECIDED TO OBEY THE BEEPER AND DO MY LITTLE RUN – STROLL AND FINISH UP.  HERE ARE SOME SIGHTS FROM THE BACK HALF OF THE RACE




 

I AM DOING MY PART TO MAKE MILE 22 A FUN AND FESTIVE AFFAIR.  SOMEONE TELL HER SISTER 23 TO PUT OUT THE WELCOME MAT. SOMETIMES I GET CROSS WITH HER.   NOT TOO MANY PEOPLE STORIES AS I GOT IN  A PRETTY SPARSE ZONE RUNNER WISE.  THERE WERE PLENTY OF BIKERS NOT SO HAPPY WITH WOBBLY RUNNERS ALL OVER THE PATH .

 


 

THE THIRD SIGN TO THE RIGHT WHICH DID NOT FIT IN THE PIC SAID LEGS.

THIS WAS A STEEP LITTLE GRADE WHICH WAS NOT AMUSING. THERE SEEMED TO BE SOME TRESTLES MISSING FROM THIS PATH AS THERE WERE SEVERAL LITTLE SHARP DOWNS AND UPS.


 
A GIRL’S BEST FRIEND.
 
 
I WAS SO PLEASED TO FINISH IN 5:34, MY FASTEST FOR A LONG WHILE AND TRULY DID NOT FEEL LIKE I WAS 6000 FEET UP. THERE WAS AN INCREDIBLE SPREAD AT THE FINISH. EVERY FOOD YOU COULD WANT AND MORE. DELISH.
 
THIS RACE VOLUNTEER WAS EVERYWHERE ALL WEEKEND. PACKET PICK UP, RACE START,  TOOK MY PICS AT MILE 22, HERE SHE IS AT THE FINISH WORKING AWAY.  72 YEARS YOUNG AND A RECORD HOLDER IN TRACK AND FIELD- GO GIRL.
 
FOLLOWING THE RACE IT WAS MY PRIVLEGE TO DRIVE THE DENVER CREW CONSISTING OF LAUREN, DAVE AND MICHELLE TO THEIR VEHICLE AT THE START. I LEARNED THAT SINCE DAVE HAS BEEN AROUND THE STATES A FEW TIMES HE IS NOW WRAPPING UP BEING IN EVERY COUNTY IN THE US.  HOW ABOUT THAT ! LAUREN IS BEING COAXED INTO BECOMING  A MANIAC AFTER HER AIR FORCE EVENT IN DAYTON AND MICHELLE WORKED HER FACEBOOK ON NO SLEEP AND TIRED LEGS. THE ROAD TO THE START REMINDED ME OF WISCONSIN, PARTICULARLY THE BIG ROLLERS OUTSDIE MADISON.  BREATHTAKING.  A SHORT WHILE LATER I DROOLED OF WHILE SCRIBBLING POSTCARDS.  COLORADO IS REALLY A VERY SPECIAL STATE.  GOTTA GET BACK THERE FOR A DECENT VISIT.
 
HAD A LONG BUT SMOOTH TRIP HOME AND  NOW GEARING UP FOR  SOME LOCAL TRI’S AND A CT / RHODE ISLAND DOUBLE IN MID OCTOBER.  (#44-45)
 
 
SINCE YOU ASKED…. THE 50TH PARTY  IS SET FOR OCT 18-19TH 2014 
DES MOINES IOWA.
 
THE MENU IS SET,  THE DRINKS ARE CHILLING AND I REALLY  HOPE YOU WILL BE THERE TO RUN, WALK AND CELEBRATE LIFE AND OUR FRIENDSHIP.  DETAILS SOON.
 
BE WELL AND GET OUT AND PLAY.
LOVE TO ALL
NW




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