|Pit toilet at 12,095 feet so of course we had to use it!|
Everyone was a little cranky and loopy, and the drive was a bit terrifying. JD drove up, and I drove down. We were pretty excited to hit Twin Lakes and get some snacks and water and be back to 8000'.
|Heaven on Earth aka Twin Lakes|
Gore Valley Trail that you could pick up in any of the little villages. I ran from Lionshead into Vail Village and back using the trail for about a 3 mile run. The first mile was tough because I was having a lot of trouble catching my breath. I did manage to run slightly under 10 minute miles for the last two miles and was definitely starting to feel better as I went. The trail was gorgeous, and I was disappointed that I didn't get to run on it more.
When we hit Moab, Utah the following day, I was really excited to get in a short run on the trails around the Red Cliffs Lodge where we were staying. They had a short but extremely scenic nature trail that ran right along the Colorado River. We were back down to 4000' elevation which really didn't seem to bother me too much, but the temperatures were pushing 100. It seriously did not feel that bad though because there was virtually no humidity, and there were nice breezes off of the Colorado. I got close to three miles in around the lodge area.
|I don't think I've ever been this happy to run in 100 degrees!|
I would really like to experiment more with running at altitude because when we hit Las Vegas (2000') a few days later I killed a treadmill workout. It felt like nothing to run 5 miles at close to 9 minute pace. That is usually speedwork for me. Sadly, the effects didn't last long as we are back in Northern Virginia dealing with a heat wave and on our third day of highest heat index east of the Mississippi.