May brought some fun events and some serious events. Merideth traveled to Southern Utah for the Ragnar Relay Zion, racing with her family. The trail relay events are as serious as you make them and Merideth and her team had a blast. They ran hard but also enjoyed the family time camping in the desert.
|Merideth coming through camp during the Ragnar Relay - Zion|
Also in May, Brenda rode in the Santa Fe 50 mile ride, smartly making the choice to drop to the shorter distance when the weather proved more then challenging. Sometimes discretion is the better part of valor and making the smart choices can mean more time to train and play later.
Over Memorial Day, Dianna and Merideth ran in the High Drive Challenge 10 mile race, running to summit of High Drive and back down. It was part racing, part trail scoping for later adventures. And it's always great to run in challenging local events. A little further to the South West, Ray and Judd raced the train in the Iron Horse Classic. Ray made it part of a long weekend of training and got to explore the singe track around Durango after the race. Judd was one of only a few to take on the road race on his singlespeed fat bike, but still had a solid performance, riding close to his time from last year.
June started out busy. Brenda and her four teammates raced in the Elephant Rock Sunrise to Sunset 12 hour mountain bike race. For an all women's team racing against the men's and co-ed "geezer" teams, they held on to a 6th place finish. Shana headed to Leadville to run in the Turquoise Lake 20 trail run, using it as a training run for her half marathon later in July. Dawn finally got into the open water at her first triathlon of the season - the Colorado Sprint Triathlon. She had one of her stronger races ever, placing 7th in her age group.
|Shana at the Turquoise Lake 20k|
The weekend of June 9/10 saw a lot of action. On the mountain biking side, Dennis headed down to Salida, CO for the Salida BFL. He raced the 88 mile base loop on the singletrack and jeep roads between Salida and BV. Sticking to a smart hydration and pacing strategy, he completed the trek in just shy of 13 hours - a solid time for that event. Brenda went north to Wyoming and raced in the Goudy Grinder at Curt Goudy State Park. This was her second time racing there and she finished strong her class on a hot day. The runners all gathered at Garden of the Gods Park for the Garden of the Gods 10 mile race. For Dawn, Dianna and Shana it was a return to the hills of the garden, on a day with challenging conditions between smoke from nearby fires and the heat. Dianna and Shana both had solid performances, running close to their times from last year in much harder conditions. Dawn set a new personal best in the 10 mile race, running 1:56:57 - a PR of nearly 14 minutes.
On June 16th, Shana toed the line for her summer A race - the Leadville Heavy Half, a 15.5 miles journey around the east side of Leadville, CO. She had a great day, finishing with a smile in 4:24:55
|The finish line awaits Shana at the Leadville Heavy Half!|
Some hits and misses in July with a few unfortunate injuries that derailed events. But things are back on track now and even the bad races are important learning experiences. Some bad news for Dennis as the Vapor Trail 125 was forced to cancel the event for this year, throwing his summer plans into a tailspin.
On the 14th, Brenda returned to the Pagosa Springs Duathlon. This year was a great race for her as she felt strong on the first run, comfortable and confident on the bike leg and then able to keep the pace high for the second run. A huge improvement from last year's performance!
|Brenda at the Pagosa Springs Duathlon, ready to go!|
The end of July brought the Pikes Peak Ultra - Merideth's first Ultramarathon. She picked a challenging one for her first race, but had the home town advantage when it came to training. Pushing through a few issues and one nasty thunderstorm, Merideth finished in 10:04. She will have her race story featured in a few days. There's nothing like the experience of finishing your first ultra and I know this will be a memory she treasures
|Running across the finish line with her daughter|