You know you are traveling with an awesome travel partner when by 10 a.m. you have had an amazing breakfast, visited an old mining town and hit up a weirdly awesome for being in the middle of nowhere Vietnam memorial just because you can.
|D&D Cafe- home of the 4 pound breakfast burrito.|
After our morning explorations it was time to find the rest of our relay team and get the party started.
|Vietnam Memorial: Worth the stop if you ever happen to be passing through Eagles Nest, NM|
The relay took place at the Angel Fire ski resort. The trail relays are nice in that you don't have to rent vans and drive from exchange to exchange. You just plant yourself in one place and leave for various trails from a central location. Now you do miss out on the fun of trying to park a passenger van in weird and small spaces and the amazing odor of six sweaty bodies and tons of sweaty clothes confined in a small space. But don't worry, a similar scent can be achieved in a tent.
Instead of decorating the vans, Heather our team captain decorated our tent site. Our team: Tag...You're it! was made up of 8 people. Each person ran all three trail legs once solo. Well that is how it is supposed to work. Due to a rain delay several of the teams ended up doubling up in the end with two people going at the same time on the same trail to make the cut-off time. We also had an injury so one lucky person got to go on the yellow course two times. And by lucky I mean I am so, so sorry that you had to do that thigh shredding yellow loop again.
|Best team ever!|
|Some of our closest relay friends|
|Three tents, one shade tent, five coolers, so many camping chairs...we learned we are not light packers.|
|Just some light hailing and tent flooding. Photo credit: Heather|
My least favorite loop was the red loop or Red Death as I called it. Turns out running trails at 3 a.m in the dark is hard. Even with lots of lights (I used a headlamp and knuckle lights and hats off to the knuckle lights, totally worth the investment) I still had trouble with depth perception and almost ate it pretty hard a few times.
I managed to stay upright but there were some hard trips and landings going on. I only screamed twice when the most fearsome of forest creatures jumped out at me. Okay they were bunnies and they scared the crap out of me. Hey you run up a mountain in the middle of the night by yourself and not get freaked out. There were also some field mice running around that made me jump. Needless to say the red loop took me awhile. It also climbed 1200 feet in 3 miles so was more like power hiking.
|Just a little 50 Shades to entertain the kids. Kidding. When a four year old brings this to you and asks you to read it you make up stories about a princess. Photo credit: Heather|
|Finish line/ transition area|
|Love these people: Brooke, Me, Heather, Zac, Sarah, Ian, Stacey, Ian, Leslie|
|Sweet, sweet finish line. Photo credit: Heather|
If I were to do this one again I would:
- rent a hotel room instead of camp cause warmth and running water are awesome
- hopefully not be injured right before so I could tackle some more straight uphill climbing in preparation for red death
- practice trail running at night. I was unprepared for that and it was my own fault. If I had practiced I would have been less freaked out
- do better at fueling/ hydrating throughout. There is a weird relay time warp that happens and I don't do well at paying attention to food, or at least food that is not a box of snicker-doodle cookies
Thanks team Tag...You're it! for an awesome time!