Friday, August 20, 2010

Leadville 100 Race Week - Day 6

Day 6, August 19, 2010

Here it is Thursday already, just 2 more days until race day.  We're still hanging out like tourists and today we took a ride to Independence Pass.  This was part of our altitude training as the pass is located at 12,100 feet.  The road is an adventure in itself with narrow twisty turns, steep drop offs and hairpin turns.  Once we got Joe off his cell phone he could better focus on driving us up the pass.

Looking down the canyon

Heading to the Pass we drove through some rain and the skies looked threatening but the time we arrived at the Pass, the rain had stopped.  The top of Independence Pass is located at 12,100 feet, another great way to acclimate for the race.

Joe, Jack & Mike

We found a great single track trail to run along that traversed the ridge and rose to an elevation of 12,800 feet.  After about 2 miles we hung out on this knoll in awe of the surrounding views in every direction.  Even with the clouds the mountains were everywhere. 

After a short visit, we ran back down to the car and ventured back down the road towards Twin Lakes.  There we checked out part of the Leadville course that traverses through the marsh land before it rises up to Hope Pass.  And then it was back to Leadville to settle into our new condo on 11th St. before heading over to the pasta dinner and race packet pickup.  The rest of the night was spent organizing drop bags as we need to have them ready for Friday by mid day. 

The end of another day in CO.

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