AM1 - Easy five miles on the Garden roads,
AM2 - 3.6 miles super easy to work on the bike. 16 minutes.
PM - Home from work via Cheyenne Canon on the bike. The up always crushes me, but I forget about that as I don't have to pedal at all the second half of the workout. 14.6 miles in 1:36.
Kind of sad seeing so many folks bitch and moan about Leadville this year. Pb was my first hundred miler and I have three finishes out there (along with one DNF and a bunch of miles pacing various parts of the course) and I still have a soft spot for the race in my heart. But obviously a lot has changed since I last ran it way back in 2010.
Of course Lifetime fitness is there to make money. Did this surprise anyone, knowing the management guys at Lifetime were the real life basis for the Globo Gym team in Dodgeball? This race was started with the sole purpose of bringing money to the area. So selling out, or over-commercialism, or whatever folks are calling it today, is not only part of the race's history, but it's really the entire history. Ken made no effort to hide this fact, but now that he's gone racers seem appalled that Lifetime just might be in the business to make a buck or two.
The next generation of Hardrockers will mostly come from Leadville, and it's not looking good. So much crying about the Hopeless aid station. Folks, if you need three aid stations to get from Twin Lakes to Winfield and back, you're going to get crushed once you try a difficult mountain race. And then to get to Hopeless and have your day ruined because they had Evian instead of Perrier water or whatever the issues were up there says a lot about the toughness of some of the runners. Even if they were completely out of everything, it's four miles downhill to Twin Lakes. Tough it out. Or kill a llama and drink the blood. Whatever. Just get the damn job done.
And the folks who complain about the overcrowding. Sheesh. Same type of people who sit in traffic and complain about traffic. "It was so crowded that my crew of ten people in four different cars had trouble seeing me every five miles." I wonder if the issue was really overcrowding, or the fact that a pacer couldn't get a facebook picture without another runner in the shot, ruining the solo mountain picture that every ultrarunner seems to strive for today.
So yeah, maybe it's not the race that's the problem. Maybe it's the runners taking part in it.
Not to take anything away from some awesome individual performances that were thrown down. But as a whole, the Pb class of '13 doesn't have a whole lot to be proud of.