Leadville: Week 3

Leadville Week 3: Mt. Elbert, Twin Lakes, Turquoise Lake, Deerhammer Distillery.
Leadville Week 3: Mt. Elbert, Twin Lakes, Turquoise Lake, Deerhammer Distillery.

Leadville Week 3: Mt. Elbert, Twin Lakes, Turquoise Lake, Deerhammer Distillery.

After 3 weeks in Leadville, I am proud to be a regular at City on the Hill coffee house, ran my first 100K week at altitude, climbed to the 13,004 ft. point of Mt. Elbert on an easy day, found a place to get my Wild West whiskey fix, and felt incredibly grateful to have a Leadwoman running partner and coach for this adventure.

5 running days, 62 miles, 16:28 hours, and 6,891 ft. of climbing

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24. June 2014 by Nico
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Leadville: Week 2

Week 2 of training and running the Leadville Marathon
Week 2 of training and running the Leadville Marathon

Week 2 of training and running the Leadville Marathon

After 2 full weeks in Leadville, and running the Leadville Marathon, I finally feel like I am finding my Rocky Mountain groove and getting adjusted to life in the High Country, in large part thanks to the support and encouragement of my Leadville Family.

1 race, 5 running days, 53 miles, 12:47 hours, and 7,370 ft. of climbing

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17. June 2014 by Nico
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Leadville: Week 1

Hope Pass Summit at 12,600 ft. elevation — Morning of June 7, 2014

Hope Pass Summit at 12,600 ft. elevation — Morning of June 7, 2014

My first week in Leadville ended with a surprise — snow. It was Sunday, June 8th, and the ground was covered with a fresh coat of snow. Fortunately, the previous four days had warm temperatures and I managed four outings on the trails.

4 running days, 35 miles, 10:34 hours, and 6,738 ft. of climbing

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09. June 2014 by Nico
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May: A Hard Day’s Night

Rodeo Beach from the top of Wolf Ridge
Rodeo Beach from the top of Wolf Ridge

Rodeo Beach from the top of Wolf Ridge

Posting this from Leadville, May and the Miwok 100 K seem a very distant memory. In the days leading up to the race, I visualized all the different sections of the course that my legs had covered the weeks before. And thanks to my training, I felt ready mentally and physically. That’s why I was surprised to be dealing with some issues during the race that slowed me down enough to miss the mile 37 cutoff. Though disappointed, instead of just packing my bags and going home that Saturday afternoon, I decided to wait for my friends, and see them finish the race until 9 PM.

1 race, 6 running days, 100 miles, 22:37 hours, and 15,502 ft. of climbing.

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31. May 2014 by Nico
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April: Running Up That Hill

Training for Miwok 100K
Training for Miwok 100K

Training for Miwok 100K

They say ignorance is bliss, and I am sure not knowing what I was getting into helped me finish my first Miwok 100K in 2009, the year it rained all day long. Fortunately, the weather forecast this year is better, and with an additional 5 years of experience on my legs, I know exactly what I am getting into. In other words, I know it’s going to be hard.

0 races, 12 running days, 146 miles, 32:55 hours, and 24,729 ft. of climbing.

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28. April 2014 by Nico
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