Friday, August 01, 2008

Leadville Lunacy

It happened. I knew it would. I tried to push it aside as long as I could but, well, I'll be leaving in a week so it was due to arrive.

Leadville Lunacy.

The Race Across The Sky. 50 miles out and back in the Colorado Rockies. Leadville is the city with the highest elevation in the United States. We run from 92oo to 12600 feet.

I'm afraid of heights. Wait, I WAS afraid of heights. Past tense. No longer. I say so.

I hadn't made any reservations for accommodations until today. I know myself well. I know that as soon as I begin to make reservations or begin to pack..I begin to become a bit more OCD than usual.

This morning I set up our itinerary. A few nights in South Dakota doing the tourism thing. Black Hills, Badlands, Mount Rushmore, Lake Sylvan, Needles.

Off to Colorado. It's been 14 years since I've been to Colorado. The last time I was too afraid to get out of the car because my legs were mush and I was afraid of the heights. Nice. I looked at the mountains with a NO WAY. We drove to California and the same thing happened to me in Yosemite. NO WAY.

Well, I've changed since then. I have stepped out of my comfort zone umpteen times for different occasions and have come out stronger on the other side. It's ok.

There aren't any accommodations available in Leadville (duh). I did find a sweet B&B called Ores and Mines in Twin Lakes. I don't know if the boys will like it. I don't think there are any tv's. Oh well. It's 500 feet from the shore of Twin Lakes. It's right off of the race course, at mile 39.5 and 75. We can stay there a few nights and luckily for me a lister on the Leadville yahoo group is giving up his Super 8 in Leadville the night before the race. We'll stay there Friday night, which works well, as the race begins at 4 AM, I can walk to the start line from the Super 8. We'll head back home after the race commences on Sunday. Hopefully I am going home a finisher.

We will take in Coors Field to see a Rockies/Razorback game (while wondering how the TWINS are doing at home), check out Garden of the Gods, the Rocky Mountain National Park and whatever else we can find.

It's all I can think about. I knew it would happen. I was sitting at the pool today, going over the race course and splits. Tyler said "Mom, you have all next week to do that, relax, read your book" He knows me so well.

Troy said "Mom, you seem as nervous about this as you did the first time you ran Superior 100. Oh, you didn't finish that the first time ..did you? But you did last year!" Yeah, you are right Troy.

It's here..Leadville Lunacy. I'm the lunatic. I'm a nervous lunatic. It's another excellent adventure right..nothing to worry about..


Anonymous said...

Hey Julie
I work about a mile from Coors Field. I'd love to meet you in person. You are such an inspiration to me. Feel free to email me: cathkunst -at- hotmail dot com & I'll send more contact info if you like.
Safe travels & a great race to you.

SteveQ said...

Leadville will be a piece of cake, given your training. Just get there as early as possible to acclimate. Hope this year's race is snow-free (it was last year, but it did snow the day before).

Expect me to badger you about how to pack for Superior!