High in Colorado

High in Colorado
Photo: Mandy Lea Photo

Saturday, March 9, 2013

2013 Races and Runs

Here’s a little list of the runs and races I’ve decided on for 2013:

·         3/18—Circuito de Dientes de Navarino—54 Kilometers—Puerto Williams, Chile
·         5/11—Quad Rock—50 Miles—Fort Collins, CO (Registered)
·         6/29—Black Hills 100—100 Miles—Sturgis, SD (Registered)
·         8/10—TRAD Telluride Mountain Run—38 Miles—Telluride, CO
·         9/13—Run Rabbit Run—100 Miles—Steamboat Springs, CO
·         10/??—Rim2Rim2Rim—43 Miles—Grand Canyon, AZ
·         11/2—Ozark Trail Endurance Run—100 Miles—Steelville, MO

After a rather disappointing 2012 I decided to quit work and travel around South America for a bit. The original plan was to travel for about a year or so, run some big circuits, and find races along the way. Turns out that finding races down here isn’t so easy. All of the races I’ve found so far are either short (less than 30 kilometers) with not very many runners or multi-day stage races organized by Americans and Europeans that cost thousands of dollars. Neither of these appeals much to me. 

One thing the multi-hour deep-south Patagonian slogs have given me (other than amazing views) is plenty of time to think. So, I’ve decided to come back to Colorado, maintain my (f)unemployment status at least until the end of racing season, and see what I can do this year. Hopefully 2013 is the year of redemption for me. Who knows? At the very least I’ll have one blissful summer in the mountains of Colorado without the pesky annoyance of waking every day to waste 8+ hours in a cubicle longingly gazing at the Flatirons during the few chances I have to escape the office for a meager walk around the building. 

I’ve decided on the Black Hills 100 in South Dakota to hopefully be my first 100 finish. Lots of rollers and the possibility of temperatures in the 90’s have me likely not going into the race with any goals other than to just finish the damn thing. It seems to me that I need to get over the hump of finishing my first 100 then start raising the bar on my goals for those races. We’ll see…

Anyways, should be a great year!

I miss Green Mountain
I miss me being on Green Mountain

I miss Twin Lakes

I miss the Flatirons

I miss the cruiser singletrack around Frisco

I miss Turquoise Lake

I miss the Indian Peaks Wilderness

I miss the Columbines
I miss El Taco Blanco (Photo by Rob Timko)
 There's lots of other things about Colorado that I miss (like great beer and meals that are a little more involved than beef with a side of beef), but the above photos should give you a little idea of why I'm excited to spend the summer back home in the mountains. See you all soon!

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