Yes, I know I’ve been slacking on the updates but I have a good reason. I have been down for the count the past five weeks or so with constant nauseousness and exhaustion. Just as I was ramping down my training for the TransRockies and feeling good with only a few weeks notice, I found out I was pregnant. This was a very pleasant surprise but I was bummed to not be able to race with Anita.
- It amazes me something this small can make me this sick.
At that point I was very early in the pregnancy and the additional blood in my system must have been helping me in my training. I was running faster than normal with less effort and was really looking forward to six days of trail racing. Apparently that was the honeymoon phase as a week or so later the exhaustion, nauseousness and vomiting began and that’s where I’ve been since then.
I have still been able to get out for some great runs and rides even if they’re not as often as they used to be. A few weeks ago in the midst of the worst of it, I enjoyed an awesome two hour run on Red Hill with Elinor and Leah. It was such a nice surprise to be able to get out that long although I did pay the price later that day and the next day – I was totally worked. I think I may have felt worse than I do after a six day expedition race.
Although I don’t love being pregnant, I do love the outcome and am already looking forward to meeting the newest Anderson. I’m bummed to be missing the randonee racing this winter but am looking forward to lots and lots of pregnant training just like last time.
Out for a hike at 7 or 8 months pregnant last time.
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.