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Three Days Across the Rockies – Through the Eyes of a TALON Athlete

“We just started and we are already craving some beer.”

Why is trail running so cool?

The amazing views, the locations, the people. What an amazing way to explore our world…and ourselves along the way.

Here is one such example to kick start your week.

Run3 TransRockies Run

A fellow TALON athlete, Michelle, recently finished her first multi-day trail running adventure at the Run3 at the GORE-TEX TransRockies Run. Michelle’s three days on Colorado singletrack and fire roads were…EPIC.

Day 1 – 20.6 miles

Day 2 – 14 miles (Up Hope Pass @ 12,000+ feet)

Day 3 – 24.4 miles

Michelle created the following video on the three day adventure that is a real buzz to watch. As a warning, it is 15 minutes long but you will be transported to the Colorado Rockies and may just get a little workout from simply watching.

(If you can’t see the video, click here.)

Who wants to get on the trail after watching this? Yes, please!

Multi-day Stage Run – Lessons Learned

Do you have interest in doing a multi-day epic adventure run? Michelle was kind enough to share her insight from the adventure that may be able to help you.

  • It’s all mental. I consciously changed my attitude on the 3rd day and it made all the difference.  Reminding myself to savor each moment on the trails and to enjoy the scenery really helped me get over the pain I was feeling.
  • I didn’t have a nutrition plan. I carried on me all the food and GUs I had practiced with and ate what I was craving when I felt I should.  The first day I only wanted GUs and the second day I only felt like real food – Granola bars and candy.  As someone who is susceptible to stomach issues I feel like this really worked for me.  In almost 15 hours of running, I didn’t have any stomach problems.
  • Take care of your feet. I wrapped my feet the night before Stage 1 and kept it on for all three days.  As my partner was really battling with blisters on the 3rd day, my feet continued to feel great and I had very little swelling.
  • Use Trekking poles. Whether it was mental or actually helped, I loved using poles.  It helped my hand’s from swelling and really helped save my legs on the steep ascents and descents.
  • Don’t let the altitude scare you. I got to the race area 2.5 days early and my partner got there the afternoon before race day.  We both handled the altitude just fine.  If you’ve trained your body for a stage race, it will be more ready than you think to handle the altitude.
  • Don’t be shy. The first day everyone we met was from outside the United States.  Over the three days we met the most interesting, inspiring people and it made the hills go by much faster!
  • Carry cash. The massage therapists are not included in your race fee.  Take cash and be sure to tip them.  You will want a massage.
  • Don’t set up your tent near the porta-potty. It is not worth being close to the bathroom.  With 300 people getting up during the night, the doors will slam continuously.
  • Less is more. If you train in the Texas summer, you won’t need the same amount of fluids in the mountains.  I carried a 2 liter bladder and a 16 ounce bottle of electrolytes.   Even with aid stations 7 miles apart, I was never half-way empty.  My pack could have been much lighter with less water.  Also, get a pack with front pockets, having your camera and food at easy access is a huge time savor.

Michelle’s final words of wisdom – Throw away the bucket list.  Just do it!  Do it now!!

Nice list of tips. Definitely wise to take care of the feet for ultra events. I have never heard someone complain at the end of a race about taking care of a hot spot early on. You will hear plenty of ouch, ouch, ouch war stories from those that decided not to.

I will have to say, I have never found a reason to be close to a Spiffy Biff for any extended period of time. 😉

Ah yes – be an experience creator!

So trail running…

The views – check

The locations – check

The people – check

What an amazing way to explore our world…and ourselves along the way. – check

Go get some!

A huge thanks to Michelle for sharing this will us. Be sure to check out her blog, Wed with the Fishes, which follows her outdoor adventures and other moments of life.

Be active – Feel the buzz!

David – EnduranceBuzz.com

About the author

David Hanenburg David Hanenburg is the passionate dirt-lovin' creator of Endurance Buzz and has been playing in the endurance sports world since 2000 after knockin' the dust off of his Trek 950 hardtail thanks to a friend asking to go ride some local dirt. In 2007 he ran his first ultra on the trails and fell in love with the sport and its people. For more information on David's endurance sports journey, check out the About page.

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