Friday- open water swim (no idea how far or how long, I forgot to turn on watch, Doi!) 2:20 plank
Ok, back to Leadville!
We woke up so early it should be illegal but when race time is 4am you gotta do what ya gotta do.
Danelle was looking mighty Dangerous and ready to rock and roll!
Her crew looked like a bunch of tourist waiting for the first snow fall.
We layer, it's what we do. And in our defense it was cold.
Like in the 30's cold soooo there!
We said our goodbyes and headed up to the stands to watch the start.
The place was buzzing with excitement and nervous energy.
I freakin love it!
Before we knew it they were off. I got a little teary eyed. Anyone else do that? Get a bit misty at sporting events? I am not a crier but something about people going after a big goal gets me.
I want them all to win ;-)
After the runners leave the crew heads to the first stop, about 13 miles from the start.
Aaaaafter we get coffee at the coffee shop of course. Luckily 2 shops opened extra early for all the racers and crew. Thank goodness!
The coffee stop put us a little late heading out to crew so we had to walk a ways to get to the spot but we still had plenty of time to sit and take selfies.
The lead runner coming in. I have no idea who it is. Sorry.
I've mentioned I'm not good with details, right?
Here comes the sun. Whoa, it's pretty here. This is the loooong line of people crewing. The runners run down the road until they find their crew and then get their stuff.
Some runners need very little, others had giant Tupperware bins full of stuff that their crew had to transport via dollies. Crazy.
I saw everything from fresh socks to tubs of Vaseline, burritos to chicken soup, mouth wash to candy bars.
I saw a man chug a beer at mile 40 and he was still smiling and killing it at mile 60.
I saw this awesome giant St. Brenard everywhere!
And a lady walking up the gravel road while using a double breast pump.<---true story, wonder is she got a really big belt buckle. That's hard core....everything.
I saw blood and I saw lots of heart.
I saw Danelle!! Hey, hey! We are killing this crewing gig!
Help runner-........uh, we supervise. Haha just kidding. I think we were helpful.
Luckily we have low maintenance friends.
A few minutes, a high five and she was back out running.
We packed up and headed back to the car.
Like, we parked right here didn't we? Holy, how far away did we park? Who's stealing my oxygen?
The views were just horrible all day. It was a hard place to be with all the fresh air and beauty. Blech.
You gotta really love someone to crew here ;-)
I so hope I have to do it again.
We aren't really Doctors but that doesn't stop us from pretending to be. Luckily it was a minor scrape so we didn't have to operate.
Danelle wave! Danelle? DANELLE?
Anyone feel like she's running away from us?
It's me not her. My photog skills are lacking. I don't think I'm gonna make it as part of the paparazzi.
I loved this stop. We could back the car up to the road and chill or cheer. Loudly.
We could easily spot our runner or a bear. For miles.
In the off season we bird watch.
I don't have a lot of pics for some of the race because we had no service for the majority of the weekend. And no service is a major drain on the battery life of your phone. Well, not the no service part but the part that when we had service it was major sketch so it would drain the battery looking for service and sending things.
Cause goodness what would happen if I didn't tweet my need for coffee? The world as we know it.......would probably go on but whatever. I like to tweet. That's all.
40ish miles I believe. Again with the details, I know.
The runners started looking a bit weary as they run into this stop.
Danelle said this section is brutal. The steep section they have to get down just to get into the aide station looked hard enough. I can't even imagine.
She said she was feeling good!
Unfortunately, stop 4 is the lowest part of the course and directly from here you go to the highest part of the course at a low 12,600 feet. My lungs just wept.
Our other friend Colleen and her husband went to the other side of the mountain to meet Danelle.
Danelle had to crest that peak at 12,600 feet, descend it and then turn right back around and do it again to get back to us.
Mind blowing stuff.
We sat and had a nice lunch with a side of more craptastic views.
Have I mentioned I need to move to the mountains? I'm pretty sure I do.
So Danelle is being all dangerous on the mountain and we be all....
Say CREW!! Pass the chips and do we have any soda?
Its kinda hard sitting and waiting.....and waiting..... and why in the he** hasn't she got to the top yet? We were trying to track her with our sketch service but it was hard and to make matters worse they were having troubles updating when the runners checked in.
So we waited.
And snapped more pics.
And learned about solar powered phone chargers, an obivious need for next time. Pure genius.
Hey, look a mountain.
Aaaaaaand we're cold again.
It's funny, time flew and stood still at the same time. We wanted to know where Danelle was and it seemed like forever before we got word she checked in at the half way point but we were also having fun chilling so time was flying by.
Makes sense, right?
I have no more race pics but this is one from my short run Sunday morning and too pretty not to share.
Danelle was a major champ and made it 60 miles but sometimes our bodies just don't want to cooperate. She got into some serious tummy trouble and had to quit but she'll be back out there to tackle that beast again.
I hope I am lucky enough to get to see it cause this race is freaking cool!
As a side note-if you are ever lost out in the mountains this crew will search high and low, spotlighting tents, chasing deer, swerving round wildlife, flying over wash board roads and tackle backpackers named Steve and Nancy to find you!
We will. Promise.
And just cause this post isn't long enough and this trip was awesome here are a few pics of how we spent the rest of Sunday. Remember we got very little sleep. ;-)
Danelle ordered carbs, with a side of carbs, with a side of carbs, with a side of salmon. It's what ya do after a 60 mile run.
I hit bakeries and drink coffee like a boss after watching my friends run 60 miles.
Totally the same thing.(I shared the coffee, always a giver)
So this one time when I was sleep deprived and crewing for a long race I thought I saw a bear. For reals! (but,it wasn't real)
So, Danelle buys a bear mask to taunt me with the rest of my life.
My friends are so sweet.
I spit in her coffee.Winning at life right here.
Waterfall at 60 mph.
Remember, we do scenic drive throughs.
Heading to the airport. That bear mask caused lots of trouble in the airport. I guess bears don't fly much. Weird.
Airport yoga. I think. We think we are funny. Other people, not so much.