Time marches on quite quickly when the starting line is staring you in the face and before you know it we were in early May 2011.
Heading into the week of the race was “taper” time or winding down the intensity and duration of the training to allow for recovery. This is a little difficult as by this time you’re fully amped up on training endorphins and taking what seems like a break is uncomfortable. You wonder: Will it make you slower? Will you lose your endurance? Will you lose your mind? True, you become ingrained in and dependent upon the routine of burning serious energy and how that makes you feel. Also, your nutrition leading into the race is slightly different, higher in carbs and higher in fluids. The term carb loading is maybe over used but the carbs, or grains do provide fuel that takes longer to burn and is beneficial for endurance racing. It just isn’t carb loading meaning the meal before the race.
Denver area weather, is as its reputation, includes severe weather fluctuations. Mid May you’d think sunny, blue skies etc.. Yes, that was true early in the week of the race but as the week wore on it became clear that Sunday, May 15th would not be an idyllic spring day.