As y'all know, I love my backyard. I love the mountains. I love the trails. And, I love to share them. So, when some of the Trans Rockies Run friends finally decided to come for a visit, I was thrilled. It's always great to share my special places, with good peoples!!! Keith and I had 3 days-of-fun with our very entertaining friends Deb Daehler Davies and Stephen Price of Colorado. Also in the house, the lovely and divine, Ms. Erin Fields-Delude of North Idaho.
The theme of the weekend seemed to be Poo and Farts. Stephen being the token male on the trails was bewildered with all of this Poo Talk coming out of the mouths of babes. So, here's to having good bowel movements and to having good friends!
But more to the point: the running world is a small world of like minded folks. We've shared some good times on the trails with a LOT of good people over the years, especially at the Trans Rockies Run. So, I salute you - people who like to run far and wide, people with a spirit of adventure, people who know how to have fun and people who just like to go out there and enjoy some quality time in pretty places.
Oh yeah, and I salute you Trans Rockies Runners and Cyclists alike!
Currently, Keith is pedaling his little heart out at the Trans Rockies Bike as we speak. There's a whole bunch of sweaty cyclists out there - some of them with ear-to-ear grins and some of them in tears - but at the end of the day, it's all the same. You finish and I finish. We're all members. Of the same family.
I'm giving you a photo tour of my 3 Days o' Fun- because I'm too shattered to do anything else. Here's what the 3 Day Running Bender looked like:
Day 1 - Healy Pass, the Monarch Ramparts, Simpson Pass and Sunshine Meadows - around 33km
Day 2 - Yoho in a Day: Yoho Valley, the Whaleback, Twin Falls, Stanley Mitchell, the Iceline Trail, Yoho Lake - around 42km
Day 3 - the Rockwall: 55km
Now THAT'S a good weekend.
Did I mention I have a race this upcoming weekend?
It's a 50 Miler with 20,000+ feet of elevation. While I certainly won't be running on "fresh" legs, I'm stoked to be participating in this event! It's local, it's beautiful, it's ridiculously challenging - and I'll know everyone out there. It's been a long time since I've been in a local race and I'm stoked to see everyone! I'll know the race directors, the volunteers and lots of the runners. Me, I'm planning on enjoying each and every moment of what is going to be a very long and wonderful day.
Now, enjoy the photos and send some of those Trans Rockies cyclists out there you good vibes and good thoughts!
DAY 3: The Rockwall Trail with Stephen and Liza Pye
DAY 2: Yoho in a Day with Erin, Deb and Stephen
DAY 1: Healy/Sunshine in a Day with Ed, Jen, Doone, Erin, Deb and Stephen
Fun in Banff - cruising Banff and Vermillion Lakes on the bikes...