Needless to say, this trip is exactly what I've needed. Between a few months of 12 hour shifts, saturated with 12-16 hours worth of training a week and 4 or 5 races mixed in, I needed to hit "RESET". Of course I didn't take a large amount of time off from training, but still the intensity is dialed back and I've been able to unwind. This week I'm spending some time with some long lost friends from Eglin AFB, Jon Sadler and Brian Spivey. Another great friend Katie Marsh dropped in to spend some time with us as well. I'm still mid trip, so there will be tons more to report, but for now...here are some highlights.
It was my second time trekking up the Manitou Incline...and yes, I set a NEW PR...in the Elite category Woo Freaking HOO. I was so pumped, when I reached the top I celebrated by climbing a tree. Either way, this place is absolutely majestic! It's also so inspiring to see other people who complete the hike. People in jeans, people with dogs and people who are 70+ years old and climb it 3 times a week are able to check this off their bucket list! The next night we all chipped in and helped cook the most amazing dish. Stuffed leg of lamb garnished with potatoes, carrots, asparagus and a sautéed spinach/cabbage mix. Needless to say we tore through that like a fat guy in a little coat.
To sum this week up, life couldn't be better. I've met some amazing people along the way, viewed amazing sights and eat'n some amazing grub. I hope to be able to live in a place like this one day, however the cold is really something that would be hard to get used to. Finally, I've started a new venture in something I'm truly hopefully will change my career as an athlete. The opportunities and positive effects on my performance are FACT. The science is there and believe it or not, the bad taste in my mouth about these types of ventures has been washed away. I'd like to thank fellow athlete Jessica Crate for helping shed some light on a bright future. Check out Protandim!