My week in Colorado has been amazing with the exception of my race today, but I'll go back to that later. I have gotten to meet so many people during my time here. Susan Nuzam and Bronwyn Morrissey were kind enough to let me stay at their places and include me in activities. Buzz Burrell took me yoga-ing and on a great hike up to Longs Peak, I got to run with Bryon Powell, met a handful of Colorado runners including George Zack, and not to mention, I got to meet a ton of other fellow La Sportiva folks at the Barr Trail. I spent a ton of time practicing yoga, going on short runs, and just doing what I really needed to do, relax. Overall, I am in love with Colorado. I could see myself living here with the exception of missing California trails, oh and the people too!
Ok, so race report. As soon as I stepped out of the car this morning, my chest was already pounding. I found it a bit odd, but me being positive, chose to ignore it. I was eager to run. Being here for a week and not really running like I normally do was hard. As soon as the run started, I felt the altitude big time and it only got progressively stronger. I don't think my heart has ever beat so fast and I just tried to battle through that and a bit of nausea. I tried to keep my breathing as relaxed as I could and broke the race into ten minute increments. When I made it to the top of Barr I figured I'd feel great on the downhill, but my chest kept pounding. In fact quite a bit after I finished my heart rate was still well over 100, dropped to around 90 two hours later, and then finally settled in the next hour or so. Damn altitude. Regardless, great runners out there today and I still did ok considering that I am not acclimated to Colorado elevation. Results from the race can be seen here. I'd be lying if I said I wasn't bummed out about my performance today. But glad I pushed through.
Looking forward to being back out in Colorado for Transrockies and glad I got a little taste of how it will feel to race in altitude. Also looking forward to coming back home and running where I can breathe and keep control of my heart.
More thoughts to come on racing, life, and so forth once I get some sleep.
Oh and if you want to read about the Pacifica race last weekend, Leor wrote up a great report here.
Barr Trail Race
Buzz and I @ Longs Peak