Our first stop in Leadville was a pre-race meeting, which we were late for, but we still arrived with sufficient time to get pumped up with the runners. Then, there was a meeting for the crews, and we headed out to explore Leadville a little bit and purchase souvenirs. After that, we left for Vail (where we are staying) to drop our bags off. The hanger/hangry level of our collective group was skyrocketing (I was doing okay because I was the only one comfortable with eating boudin balls that I’d bought 20+ hours earlier in Louisiana) so we went for a delicious Italian dinner before going to pick up last minute supplies and going back to relax at our villa.
It’s currently 8:19 pm, and we are preparing for bed. The race starts at 4:00 am and lasts until 10:00 am Sunday, so we have a busy Saturday leading into Sunday. I have more pre-race jitters than I have had in some time, largely because if I fail, I will feel like I failed another person and our whole crew. I am reminding myself to trust my training and abilities and realize that I would not be part of our crew if everyone else thought I could not do it.
Something that made today great: Sharing a delicious pre-race meal hi had and talking together about how much we are looking forward to this weekend’s race.