Last week I got a call from Kirsten saying she had signed me up for a race. Naturally, I was excited as I LOVE racing. However, when I went to pick up my packet the race director pointed up near the top of the Wasatch mountains and said, “that is where you are racing to”. I think my jaw hit the floor. He was pointing to a point on a mountain that was 1600 feet above where we were at. In fact, I couldn’t even see the flag on the top of the rock because it was so tiny.
I knew it would be steep but I didn’t think it would be THAT steep! The race is literally 3.5 miles straight up switch backs, and 3.7 miles straight down. 70% of it is on narrow trails with steep drop offs and technical footing. It had beautiful vistas and I wished I had my phone to snap a picture. However, i’m so clumsy that I can rarely take my eyes off the trail in fear of eating it. At one point, I thought I was almost to the top, then I saw a guy ahead of me doing more switch backs! Yikes, it was tough! But who doesn’t love a challenge, right?
On my way back down the hill, the trail zigged and I zagged leaving me bloody and bruised. This nice guy behind me slowed to make sure I was okay then flew by. Don’t worry, I caught him at the end.
Here is a picture of me finishing the race. My husband Mitch, was good enough to get to the race with the kids to snap a few pics.
Lo and behold I took first for the women and 4th overall! They gave me this awesome trophy that I am going to take over to my parents house and put it on their mantle, just like high school.
Even though I tease Kirsten about signing me up for such a tough race, I absolutely loved it. It was technical, challenging, and pushed me to my limits. Next time, I just need to make Kirsten join me!
Here are Kirsten and I after the race looking nice and sweaty. She ran the Farmington half marathon and is going to give us a race update on Wednesday. She is such a powerhouse!