I guess technically it was a training weekend but surely training isn’t supposed to be this much fun. In the words of Lassen, it’s a party.
Summertime is all about hitting up the high country, so ten of us Boulderites escaped the onset of boiling summer temperatures and set up camp on the shores of Twin Lakes near the town of Leadville, home to Colorado’s highest peak and the iconic Race Across the Sky, for a weekend of high altitude trail running.
We had initially planned to run Hope Pass – the crux of the Leadville 100 mile trail race – but reports of dangerous corniced snow on the pass quickly discouraged us.
So instead we covered 40-45 miles over the course of the weekend along the magnificent Colorado Trail.
The leader (and quite possibly the luckiest dog in the world)…
…and the pack:
Zoom-zooming along the Aspen super highway!
Alberto shows off his moves for the Leadville 100 in August:
And a lucky beaver shows off its amazing engineering skills and home with sweet mountain views!
Dreamy trail running at 11,000′ above sea level!
Zippin’ down the trail:
and along the Twin Lakes shore:
Third run of the weekend and still wearing the same Icebreaker outfit. Smell me, I double dare you.
Ok, then smell Ryan :-p
Don’t worry, we made sure to take a bath after the runs:
…and rehydrate with local brews:
Every trail run should end with a nap on the beach…
drinks with a view…
… and dinner by a campfire:
Mountains, running, beers and friends. This is not training, this is life.