Ok…went out last night and met Shell, one of AD’s friends. We went to a local bar that most of the ladies there had just seen the movie, Sex in the City, which were wearing NYC outing wear from dresses to skirts to hats, etc. AD and Shell told me that it was so not usual for the attire around the woods there. They are use to the hoodie, jeans and casual wear that was unusual for that night. I felt like I was in NYC again, but it was all good. Had two beers and walked home, meeting some people from AD’s school work and walked home a bit and saw the amazing stars.
It’s my birthday, Happy Birthday to me!!
Went to bed and it was freezing up here. Heading to Steamboat tomorrow to pick up our race packets and ready to go. Umm…no…the altitude will definitely effect my time and in some ways no time goal, just finish with a good time and be careful with your health. The altitude is definitely effecting my breathing and it’s insane how unhealthy I feel. I feel like I had just smoked a pack of cigarettes or how unhealthy I am with shortness of breath. Very scary.
So the rest of my birthday…was as follows. As I update my blog, my friend AD got ready. We quickly set out a plan to go get breakfast and pack up lunch (PB& J’s – AD’s favorite) and pack the car for our Steamboat Springs trip.
We packed up pretty quickly and set out to a local bookstore/café to get some morning grub. Sat outside as we ate breakfast (as many people had called me to wish me Happy Birthday) and Shell came over to grab a cup of coffee, but we already grabbed one for her. Shell was wondering what we were up to, but we chatted and made our ways back to her place to pick her stuff up and then rolled on out to Steamboat Springs.
The travel to Steamboat was AMAZING. The scenery, the landscape, the nature and most importantly the company, just makes the trip so much smoother. As I took many pictures on the way, I tease to AD why she is leaving this beautiful place. I knew why only because she loves her family and wants to be closer to them. But this place was an athlete’s paradise. People bike, hike, climb, run, and that is only during the summer time…the winter is entirely different with skiing, snowshoeing, running etc…it’s amazing! But so far away from the usual east coast persona that we are all use to.
Anyways, we make our way to Steamboat Springs, picked up our packets at a sports store, which was the smallest expo that I have ever been to. Pick up bibs, go inside pick up your bag and pick up your shirt. It was almost like any other NYRR race that you go for your regular weekend race. There were many questions that I had about the course, about time chips, GU on the course and about baggage. It was such a small race that there was no time chips, whenever you come in is when you come in, the baggage is what you bring and the course was not defined enough only a cartoon, and GU was given at most aide stations (but it wasn’t GU, it was some Stinger honey.) But the course was still undefined and I was wondering where the race ended. We went to the grocery afterwards, got our usual regimen stuff as Shell and AD were doing the 10K as well.
Then headed around town to pick up some cowboy gear of hats and cowboy boots, but only looked. Shell was deciding on getting a flashy cowboy belt, but was unsure if she wanted it with a big old buckle. We toured around town and then headed toward our Motel…yes, Motel 8 baby! (but wanted to go to this other motel with this rabbit and long ears – Rabbit ears?) But yes, our motel had a pool and after the fact that we got everything out of the car, we sat outside next to the pool to get some sun. It was just so strange the fact of us being in our swimsuits and the mountains still had snow on top of it. After our layout in the sun, which Shell knew about everyone we went to, we went to dinner and I ordered my special of 2 meals (one to eat there and one to take out.)
Our waiter was horrible, which we couldn’t even get some bread and didn’t get our salads right. We were quite annoyed, but we ate, laughed and enjoyed ourselves. Walked around a little more around town and then headed back to our motel. Some showered (yes, Shell you showered too) and got ready for bed…but surpassingly I was out before Shell and AD were out and I was mumbling stuff to a point where AD had to knock me so I won’t be “mumbling or moaning?”. Anyways, I kept waking up every half an hour just because I was nervous. The marathon is a huge feat, no matter how many you do and I was really fearing how the altitude would feat against me. I mean I only did 4-5 miles the day before and was exhausted. So…time will only tell…wake up the next morning and we will see what will happen.