Monday, January 09, 2006

Hilly 20-Miler and Trail Work Day

On Saturday, we had ten Trail Nerds show up to do trail work on the Psycho WyCo course. Eight were part of the early morning group with me. Two more (Shane & Brandi), took care of business on the other side of the hill a little later in the day. The early morning crew did 4-1/2 hours work, and got the new singletrack trails in awesome running shape. We couldn't wait to run on them.
7:00 AM on Sunday morning, there were nine of us that showed up at WyCo Park to run. (Two additional runners showed up at 8 AM and ran on their own). We got to run on our handiwork from Saturday and all of the previous work party's efforts. Everybody did at least one 10-mile loop. Five of us decided to do an additional loop in the other direction for a total of 20 miles. This course is hilly. The previous week, a person who works for Garmin was testing a prototype GPS unit. His device indicates that there is probably 5000 feet of elevation change per 10-mile loop of this course. Basically this means we climbed a mile and descended a mile on our little 20-miler. Woo-hoo! I love hills!
I felt pretty strong towards the end of the 20-miler. Again, another sign that I'm ready for my next Hundred.
Twenty miles was fun and was a learning experience for some. James found out why eating is important. Alexander discovered that carrying enough drinking water can be (to quote Martha Stewart) "a good thing."

4 comments:

angie's pink fuzzy said...

Sound sweet! 5000 vt ft of elevation per loop?! Yikes!

Julie said...

Wow! Killer 20 miler!!! Thanks for the comment. I am feeling much better after my rest day. Migraine is gone now. Congrats on a very nice and challenging 20 miler!! Vaughn

psbowe said...

Whoa! Total wowers, incredible! All I can say...

Susan said...

Wow, great 20 miles. I'm glad someone out there loves hills.