Tomorrow morning, Friday, we head to Cotacachi where the race will start and finish. We won’t know the exact route until we get the maps Saturday morning, two hours before the race starts. However, we do know that we will be trekking, kayaking, biking, trekking and finishing with another bike.
21km Trek – 8km Kayak – 41km Bike – 11km Trek – 61km Bike
From a quick look online, the area looks spectacular:
Streets of Cotacachi
This is where we’ll be kayaking, Lake Cuicocha, nestled in the crater of the Cotacachi volcano.
I’m hoping to have internet access before we start so keep looking to see if there will be a place to follow online. Or check the race organizer Facebook page.
Getting back in the game. So much fun shredding laps at Snowmass with Juniper, Axel and Ian.
Downhill laps with Juniper & Axel
Riding the gondi
The only picture Juniper let me take of her since she never wanted to stop.
Axel entering the trees where he quickly figured out the trails are perfectly tacky.
Axel is ready for his own full face.
Axel chillin’ with his buddy Levi
While the kids are visiting both sets of grandparents on the East Coast, Ian and I are enjoying a mini biking vacation in Sun Valley.
On the ridge between Fourth of July and Born Lakes. We dropped down right behind us.
Matchy, matchy. Cassie and I showing off our Shredly shorts and Santa Cruz Tall Girls (Boys)
Warm Springs Basin is large and beautiful.
This was just one of 150 – 200 down trees we went under and over. That got old quickly but at least we saw no one else out there and the rest of the ride was great.
One of the many river crossings on Robinson Bar.
Finished the day with some bridge jumping on the Salmon River. I decided to skip it to give my back a break but super happy with how it feels after lifting my bike so many times.
Ian and Marc Peruzzi on Fox Peak on Day 1. Yet another super fun Sun Valley ride.
Great video recap of the Ultimate Mountain Challenge at the Teva Mountain Games.
Elinor & I at the finish this morning
I took a little break from skimo racing this weekend and ventured to Fruita/Loma for the Desert Rats 25 mile trail running race. Taking advantage of the great technical singletrack of the Kokopelli Trail, racers can choose from a 25 or 50 mile race. Two years ago I decided the night before to race the 25 miler and suffered through much of the race. This year I have had a much more consistent winter of racing and training and actually signed up for the race a few weeks in advance.
As Elinor Fish and I made the drive very early this morning, we discussed how we would like to break the 4 hour mark. Elinor raced last year and finished in 4hr 17min while I had finished in 4hr 13min two years ago. Telling myself I was not going to start too fast and blow-up like I did last time was easier said than done. Elinor and I stayed with each other chatting over the first few miles in order to keep a brisk but comfortable pace. Helen Cospolich (racing the 50 miler) and Anita Ortiz (also racing 50) were just ahead of us with fellow Carbondale runner Ashley Arnold out in front.
Throughout the next 15 or so miles, I kept a consistent pace and ran many miles with Anita. Anita is coming off an injury with this just her second race back. Any other day, there’s no way I would be running with her even when I’m running half as many miles. I was very relieved that I was feeling tens times stronger at this point than I had last time and was ahead of my previous pace. I passed the 18 mile mark where I fell apart two years ago and felt myself getting stronger.
Once off the Troy Built Trail, the largest climb looms ahead up to Mack Ridge and the final miles. Last time I think I ran 20 steps of the climb. This time I ran it all. Managing to keep the same average pace I had all race, I finished very strong along Mack Ridge and back along the road. Not only did I break the 4 hour mark, I finished in 2nd place behind Ashley and managed to beat all the 5o mile women to their turnaround point (something I did not do last time). My time was 3hr 42min 33sec over the 25.92 miles. Elinor finished in 3hr 56min. The top 3 women were all from Carbondale!
Anita Ortiz went on to win the 50 miler in 8hr 16min while Duncan Callahan won for the men in 7hr 38min.
My Garmin info can be found here. And full results here.