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First of all a few definitions to make sure everyone understands the title:
Leadville: A city in Colorado that sits at about 10,000 feet above sea level. Trail: A path, generally smaller and less maintained than a road. Sometimes just wide enough for one person to walk.
Marathon: 26.2 mile running event.
"Trail Marathon": A marathon run completely or largely on trails. DNF: Did Not Finish. A title awarded to a competitor that fails to finish an event. Generally the biggest stigma associated with this is self-inflicted. DFL: Dead Freakin Last. A title awarded to the last finisher of a race. Again, the biggest stigma associated with this is self-inflicted as there has to be one in every race. DNS: Did Not Start. When a competitor registers for a race and then fails to make it to the starting line. Frequently this is due to an injury before the race and accordingly should not carry any stigma.
Starting Line: Parking was easier than almost any other race I've done. There was n…
I travel a lot and sometimes people ask me how much I travel. I'm also a bit of a nerd (or geek depending on your definition) but I'm definitely a very analytical person. Therefore, when I realized how much travel this job was going to require, I embraced it and get a little excited every time I get an entry stamp in my passport from a country I have not been to before. For our anniversary last week, my wife gave me this awesome map. You can scratch off countries you've been to. I haven't started scratching yet, but am looking forward to getting started.
2017 was a little slower on the international travel side of things, but still managed to get to 3 new countries (France, Germany and Switzerland). This brings me to a total of 25 countries I've been to, but that includes 2 countries I was in for less than a day. I went to a total of 8 different countries in 2017 and spent a total of 74 days outside the USA.
This race report is overdue. The rule I try to follow is "1 day per 1 hour of racing" and thus I am a bit late so feel free to drop my score accordingly when grading this assignment.
Woke up a few minutes before my alarm after getting a pretty good nights sleep.
Coffee and cinnamon raisin toast before leaving. Coffee is a new addition to my pre-race routine thanks to a new coffee-maker in the kitchen. I figured it couldn't be any worse than the diet coke I usually drink on race mornings, especially since the carbonation has been bothering my stomach when I run lately.
Christine and I got some of the last parking spots and walked over to the race "village".
One of the first tents I saw was my old team tent, Team Diabetes. Got the chance to chat with Coach Dave for a few minutes.
Found the gear check (so Christine could drop my gear bag off after the start) and started towards the start line.
Last year, my watch didn't find the satellites till p…