I’m starting to think about MdS as a restful vacation with a bit running thrown in. I’m not underestimating the desert...
Liza Howard is a national champion runner with multiple records in distances ranging from marathons to 100 mile trail races.
So the lesson from the Leadville 100 mountain bike race for us runners is: Wear something to protect your airway from the dust on the roads. Most all of the cyclists here at the hostel last night were coughing through the night. And my favorite cyclist here had to drop because of her breathing difficulties. I’m going to wear some sort [...]Liza
I am definitely running most of this race in road shoes. A good portion of the run today was on fire roads. The rest was on a gorgeous trail through an aspen forest. I’ll keep a pair of trail shoes on reserve at Twin Lakes in case the weather is awful. I keep hearing horror stories about 20 hours of rain and hail two years ago. J. ran [...]Liza
I woke up this morning at 5:30 and 8 of the cyclists were already sitting at the breakfast table. I’ve learned that Rock and Roll lube is what you want to put on your chain. Now they’re putting ice cream in their morning coffee and talking about having a gear fashion show tonight. (I’d wear my puffy jacket and puffy pants.) [...]Liza
I tried the Twin Lakes to Hope Pass section of the course again today. Looks like that 5 mile section is mostly going to be a hike for me. I can jog along for a bit, but then my legs feel too heavy for anything but hiking. I think I was moving a bit faster than I was the first time, but I didn’t pay attention to my pace then because [...]Liza
Today was a fun day. Bluebird skies and in the 60s. I ran with a nice group from Fish Hatchery up the Power Line trail down to the trail head. I felt a lot better running uphill than I did the day before yesterday, which was encouraging. Thanks new red blood cells! (For the record, “a lot better” means that I was able to run for [...]Liza