Just two weeks ago, as I mentally prepared to go in for another small surgery on my ankle, I got a call from Jari Kirkland asking me if I could go to Ecuador for an adventure race. I told her that I was nowhere near trained for it. Of course, I really wanted to go. I talked it over with the guys from the team and told them that I might be a liability—they didn’t care. Ian told me that sure, it might not be prudent for me to race, but how often do you get a free trip to Ecuador. So, 24 hours later, I decided I was in for the Nonstop Ecuador Es Tu Cancha race.
I’m very excited to get out for another adventure race and to see Ecuador. My training has been upped significantly, adding some night riding and paddling.
Heading out for a night ride in Moab
Summit of Mt. Sopris. Round trip of 3 hours 34 minutes and elevation gain of 4,390 feet
Ian and I at the top of Searle Pass, 12,034 feet, on the Dirty Copper Triangle
Ian traversing between Searle and Kokomo Passes
Kokomo Pass, 12,027 feet
Follow the yellow brick road
I have a few more weeks squeeze in some training, especially at elevation (Quito is at over 9K feet!). I plan on running the Four Pass Loop this weekend and getting out on a few long rides. This race will be a wildcard for me, but I’m excited to have a goal to work towards and it’s motivated me to be as ready as possible.
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
Everyday I feel a little better and everyday I celebrate a little.
I’m almost two weeks out from breaking my L2 and L3 transverse processes and I feel like a new person. From not being able to move at all early last week, I’ve progressed to spinning on my road bike. I figured this would take at least three weeks and couldn’t be happier that my body feels good on the bike.
Just under two weeks out from breaking my L2 and L3 transverse processes and back spinning on the road bike.
With all the support of our amazing friends, I was able to truly rest last week and stayed on the couch almost one hundred percent of the time. Good thing Le Tour de France is on – what a great way to start my morning when I am forced to rest.
Despite still having miserable pain when I move in the wrong way and some nerve pain continues in my hip, I’m so thankful to be up and moving around. After describing my crash multiple times to people, I’ve realized how lucky I am that I didn’t do more damage.
I’m off to the beach for a week with the family which will help me continue to take it easy. By the time I return, I’ll be three weeks out and maybe, just maybe, ready for a few easy mountain bike rides. I’ll be staying away from the bike parks for a little longer but looking forward to when my body is ready to get back at it.
Jeremy Rietmann (l) & Greg Strokes (r) transitioning for the second climb. Jeremy passed Greg on the catwalk at the end of the last descent to take the win.
Starting a race at 6:30 a.m. in the dead of winter is never easy, but this one was totally worth it. Wednesday morning marked the first citizen’s race of the 2013-14 season at Sunlight above Glenwood Springs. Randy Young and Doug Stenclik of Cripple Creek Backcountry organized the race with the help of Brian Edmiston. Approximately twenty of us were greeted with warm temps and a beautiful, nearly full moon for the crack of dawn start.
It took me the entire first climb to get my legs going, but then I felt pretty good for the second ascent. Other than a hard crash in some heavy snow on the final descent, the race was a great way to start the day. I recently came across this quote, “The best way to get in race shape, is to race.” So far, this is definitely working for me.
The next Citizen’s Race is January 22. Come check it out!
Results from memory:
Unfortunately I missed the remaining finishers in order to get to work.
Forty miles for me on skis and 40 years for Ian. It was a big day for Ian on Saturday and we made the most of it with some family ski time in the morning at Buttermilk, followed by a quick Bowl Lap in the afternoon while my dad watched the kids. We wrapped up the day with dinner at Cache Cache in Aspen, which was pretty decadent.
Ian and his parents 40 years ago
I also managed to get in 40 miles of skimo training last week. My legs are starting to come around, and my fitness is getting better, which I’m noticing especially on the ascents. I need to spend a little more time skiing Highlands Bowl on my RSR race skis to get my descending legs more up to speed.
So far, I’m psyched with my early season training and fitness. Hopefully I will continue to get stronger and I’m really looking forward the rest of the race season.