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.
I arrived in Quito late Tuesday evening to the friendly smile of Santiago Mino. Although Santi can’t race with us this weekend, he and his wife Stephanie were extra generous to have me stay with them for the week.
I’m excited to see the mountains across the valley of Quito as I hear the view is amazing
Super cute little guy to hang with. Boston is only 9 weeks old and such a sweetie
Parque Guanguiltagua Entrance half a block from Sant’s house
Santi and Stephanie are so lucky to have such great trails backing up their house
View of Quito from the trails
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
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.