So let’s just get right to the point:
WE’RE GOING TO THE 2016 TRANSROCKIES RUN!!!
It’s been five full days since we found out, and I’m still having a hard time finding or forming the words to express how excited/happy/humbled/honored/FLOORED we are that Kahtoola felt we were worthy of this opportunity, and chose *us*. I did not know any of the other nominated teams, but I can only imagine they had amazing and wonderful stories to share as well. To know we stood out just enough to be chosen…well I don’t even know what to say. Thank you. We’re truly humbled.
Last Friday I sat down at my computer to try and work on some deadlines, but I was so nervous and anxious to hear what team of the nominated 5 that Kahtoola had chosen, that I kept flipping back and forth between my email, the Kahtoola Facebook page, and any other immediate distraction I could find (*cough candy crush cough*). Eventually around 12:30 pm an email notification popped up on my screen. I saw the word “Congratulations” before my brain could process anything else, and I started yelling and jumping. Perks of working from home, I suppose.
I quickly apologized to my coworkers…er…cats, as I had woken all three of them up from their very important all-day-naps, grabbed my car keys, and drove over to Geoff’s work (which is conveniently just a few miles away). He was on his lunch break, allowing us to jump around the parking lot yelling “WE’RE GOING TO COLORADO!” to no one in particular.
And it’s been 120+ hours of random “WE’RE GOING TO COLORADO!!!” shouts ever since.
Coming off of the Knock on Wood 100(K) we decided to take a week off from training, but now we turn our attention to training for this incredible journey. 118.4 miles, 20,500 feet elevation gain, over the course of 6 days. Distances of 13 miles up to 24 miles each day , and elevation changes from 7,400 to 12,600 feet.
And camping. Lots of camping. Have I mentioned how sleeping in a tent is one of my most favorite things to do?
This is going to be an interesting…and frankly, quite hilarious…event to train for. Especially considering that we live *at* sea level…or maybe 50 feet above sea level, if you take into account the fact that we live on the third floor of an apartment building.
But for views like this? I don’t care how much I have to suffer from oxygen deprivation or altitude sickness. Bring it on.
Buena Vista. Twin Lakes. Leadville. Red Cliff. Vail. Beaver Creek. (And more!) Places and mountains I’ve always dreamt of seeing…never mind running through.
MAN I love to run.
I’m happier than a little kid who was just surprised with a trip to Disney World. Again, that’s the extent of the poetic prose I can come up with at this point. It takes a lot to leave me speechless, but you’ve done it Kahtoola & TRR…
Of course I’ll be documenting our training, which will consist of our usual strength training (squats and plyometrics will become my best friends) and obviously running…but now we’ll add in copious amounts of elevation training in whatever form we can find. Likely the stair climber at the gym, stadium stairs, and repeats on the Intracoastal Waterway bridges. It’s Myrtle Beach, we’ve got to work with what we have.
I felt the need to write this post to say thank you to Kahtoola and TransRockies Run for sponsoring us for this amazing opportunity. But I really wanted to write this post to say THANK YOU to our friends and family who sent in your nominations. Thank you for supporting me (us). Thank you for believing in my wild and crazy dreams to run, explore, and dream big. Thank you for never telling me to get my head out of the clouds, or to stop reaching for bigger and crazier adventures. I get to do a lot of neat things as a result of this blog, but the TransRockies Run would have never happened without you guys.
(This is where you pretend I’m giving you all a huge hug. If I could, I would. SQUEEZE!)
WE’RE GOING TO COLORADO!!!