Summer’s finally here both by the calendar date and the weather! I had a busy week of training with lots of intervals running and riding. I’m slowly starting to feel stronger during these sessions even when I pushed both kids in the Chariot last Friday for some running hill repeats. That was a tough session!
I am racing in the Mountain States Cup Crested Butte 40 next weekend so I had to get out for at least one long mountain bike ride beforehand. I set out early Saturday morning and headed over Cottonwood Pass to Gypsum and then up into the Eagle maze of amazing singletrack. At about three and a half hours of riding, I came up on the tail end of a cattle drive and ended up driving about six cattle back to the group. Just a little smelly. Despite being slowed down by the cowboys, I was able to really enjoy four hours and fifty miles of riding.
Sunday was Father’s Day which meant I left early again so Ian could be a father on Father’s Day. Isn’t that what the day is for? Oh well, but it was great of him to let me get out for two plus hours of trail running with Elinor before he enjoyed a long ride. I was amazed how great my legs felt after a hard week of training which gave me more confidence the CTS coaching has been a very good investment.
I’m a little (okay, a lot) nervous for the race this weekend. The CB40 is technical and therefor not a fast forty miler. My ride on Saturday was the longest in ten months (and the longest I have left Axel so far). What if it takes me six hours to finish? Will I be able to make it without stopping to nurse? I raced for five days when Juniper was five months old but hadn’t done a race this long this early in the game.
Ian leading up the first climb.
We had a weekend of racing and training. In the typical Anderson style, we packed as many miles and fun in as possible. Ian was able to race in the Mountain States Cup at Snowmass on Saturday. Having not raced much this season, Ian had to race in Cat 2 since he did not have a US Cycling license. I had lots of confidence that Ian could win his age group as he has been very strong this year.
As I predicted, Ian won his category and received a Colorado State Champions jersey but the big news of the day was Lance Armstrong. Lance has been in town often this summer training for both the Tour de France and the Leadville 100. This was one last hard effort before racing Leadville next weekend.
Juniper and I had fun snapping photos of Lance while passing 3rd place finisher Len Zanni Honey Stinger gels in his attempt to close the gap. Although Len didn’t catch Jay Henry (2nd) or Lance, he had an amazing race and represented the valley very well.
Len Zani leading Lance Armstrong & Jay Henry up the first climb.
The crowd surrounding Lance was impressive and it was amazing to watch the people follow and hound him. Ian was lucky enough to warm up with him for a few minutes so we moved on so I could get out on the trail. I ran the Golden Leaf half-marathon course along the Government Trail for some great training for the TransRockies.
Jay Henry, Lance Armstrong & Len Zanni
This morning I ran a great 25 or 26 mile loop out of Carbondale below Mt. Sopris. It was surprisingly quiet and peaceful for the first half as most people must have been still relaxing. Ian and Juniper met me towards the end of the run with some fresh water. Very sweet of them! Not sure if all the miles I’ve put in have worked or if I just had a good day, but I finished a lot faster than I thought I would in 3 hour 15 minutes.
I have a few more days to put in some big miles and then it’s already time to taper. I hope I have a few days in the TransRockies where I feel as good as I did today.
This weekend Ian and I have entered in a nice little local race with our buddy Rob, the inaugural 12 Hours of Snowmass. We’re all going to be on singlespeeds and while we’re planning to race hard, we were thinking it was going to be really laid back and casual.
Then Lance Armstrong went and messed it all up.
Lance with Lenny close behind at Wed's local race.
On Tuesday, Lance announced he is coming out of retirement to win #8 next summer at the Tour de France.
On Wednesday, Lance showed up and raced at our final Aspen local series race. Recap here.
And then today our buddy Nat Ross announced Lance will be racing at the 12 Hours of Snowmass this weekend.
Lance will be racing on a 3-person team with Ian’s colleague Len Zanni and local phenom Max Taam. These three should have been a shoe-in for the win, but then my Team Nike teammate Mike Kloser caught wind of it (courtesy of quick call from local DJ and instigator Steve Leigh).
Twenty minutes later, Kloser had his own team for the Snowmass race: Dave Weins, who beat Lance at the Leadville 100 in August, and Jay Henry, who is a perennial winner at the Mountain States Cup and sometimes races with Team Nike.
I wouldn’t be surprised to see a couple other pro teams enter at the last minute as well.
Unfortunately for Ian, Rob and I, we have to compete in the same category as these hammers. We have no hope of keeping them in sight, but we will have a front row seat for the Battle Royale. Look for an update early next week about how it all pans out.
VeloNews story here.