Actually not the most to say about stage 2. We started, we finished. It was a rough day. We dropped a lot of time on teams. It was a big climb and descent, the views were beautiful and expansive. I think it is mostly going to be a high mileage training week at altitude. Which I handled the 12,500 elevation with no problems. Hanging with the trail community from around the US and world is great. My computer battery is dying and it's almost supper time. I plan to carry a camera tomorrow so should have some photos to post. Until tomorrow, tell your friend lies about me and I'll do something that everyone thinks can't be true.
This will be brief as I need to go to sleep. I thought today's stage went well for Scott and I. It was a little tough, I think mainly just from being hot and altitude. Altitude and/or the dry air seems to be messing with my breathing/mild asthma. I was little tight in the chest and had a nose bleed for a half-hour or so. I was interesting to see Scott's and mine differences. I think that I am a stronger climber, but that is my norm. Scott is faster, which is normal for me compared to most. We finished in 5th place today in the open team category in 2:45.02. The first team was 2:15.?? and as I knew those guys, I knew they were fast. But that was smoking. Max King smoked the 3 day individual category with 2:11.??. I felt fairly good afterward and really fine later in the day. We'll see how I feel tomorrow. It was great see so many people I know to some degree and meet a few new folks.
Tomorrow is going to suck. I haven't looked over all the day's stages, just thinking one day at a time. I looked over stage 2 this evening. 2.6 mile climb around 20% up to 12,500 elevation, then 17% descent over 3.8 miles. Now just 5 rolling hot miles to the finish. It's going to be a suffering day, but with great views I'm sure. Yea, it's just going to suck, so I'm going to sleep.
Maybe I'll find some wifi tomorrow to tell you just how bad.
I am out in Denver staying with a guy with an undiagnosed mental disorder. That is Chris Payton says that he hasn't been diagnosed with any mental disorders. Same thing I said right? Or basically the same. I think we just agreed that I use some unique wording sometimes. Today, Scott Williams and I head over to Buena Vista for the start of TransRockies 2012. Scott may be in for a long week as I am already well into random story telling mode. He actually said that he was warned about that. So I come with a warning now. In all truth, I probably should. So you've been warned.
TransRockies will definitely be a new experience, racing 6 days in a row. Our plan is to take the first day under control and stay consistent over the 6 days. We'll see how that works out. I think I am much better mentally than two weeks ago. I've caught up with the moth hunting and de-stressed a bit with other things. I just turned 40 last week although this won't really count as me racing as a master. Scott and I are racing in the open category. Though Alison congratulated me on my first masters sex last week. It made me laugh. There has been no drop off in performance as yet. Hopefully, if you've read my blog before you know I like finding humor in life.
Hopefully this week will be filled with plenty of humor, testing, learning, socializing, and running. I'll try to post everyday I can with my experiences and the days results. I should have time unless I get to talking too much. Thanks Chris for letting us stay with you and listening to my foolishness.