Well last Sunday he finished the 100 trail run and now is a leadman. I am so proud of him. His road was not easy at all. Early on in the race, when it was still early enough in the morning to be dark, he took a good fall and tweaked his IT band. He still ran through the pain for over 80 miles, and through that whole time he had a strangely optimistic outlook. He was even cracking jokes. I would stop cracking jokes around mile 8. My whole family, me and my 6 siblings, were all there to cheer him on, crowd him at feed zones, and pace him. At mile 60 I saw him and started to cry a little. I was so worried about what he was doing to himself, and was worried he wasn't going to finish and be let down. But he never gave up. The cutoff to finish was 30 hours. He finished in under 29 and got second in his category (did I mention that he is 57?). Well I have taken this time to brag because it really was one of the greatest things I have ever been able to witness being done. I love you Dad!
|about a mile from the finish. Do you like how his legs are wrapped in bandages? They were pretty hurt.|
My family took the week between the bike race and the running race and turned it into a family reunion. We stayed in at Copper Mountain Ski resort in Colorado and had a blast. Here are some of the things that we did:
|"Hot tubbing" in the jacuzzi bath and playing in the "splash pad" aka amazing huge shower|
|Go cart racing|
|The climbing wall. Brinley was brave to try it.|
Three of my brothers and my brother's fiance and I hiked Mt. Elbert. At 14,440 feet Mt. Elbert is the second highest mountain peak in the continental U.S. It was my first time hiking a 14,000 ft mountain, and it was hard. Although not very long in mileage, it goes straight up making it pretty difficult. Especially when you are out of shape. I was sore for days after.
Anyway, my brothers built this cairn. It is unofficially officially the new highest point in Colorado.
We went on a beautiful drive up mt. Columbine. My family thought the most beautiful part was their cars. haha. Well mostly we just thought it was funny that all 5 cars are Toyotas and three of them are 4runners. We were raised well.
Three generations of 4runners with Mt. Elbert in the background.
We had fun. And I liked that everyone came close to me for a change. Thanks mom and dad for a wonderful week!