I will be adventuring out to Colorado this Summer to run a race. A big race, my BQ attempt. Revel Rockies is a downhill course taking place outside of Denver in the mountains. I’ve been looking forward to it for quite some time now, as I have never spent any time in Colorado at all except for a few times on the tarmac heading through to another destination.
I have gone back and forth at least 100 times trying to map out this adventure. Everything from flights, rental cars, accommodations, to length of overall stay. I would love to spend a few days there exploring, seeing some sights. It would also give me the opportunity to adjust to the altitude change. You see, I live pretty much at sea level, and well you know, Denver is considered the mile high city. The elevation there is almost exactly one mile above sea level. That’s over 5,100 ft. of elevation. The air is thinner and dryer. They say to drink more water prior to visiting, as it helps you adapt better. They also say that if you run 10 miles a day at home, to go for six in Denver. That scares me a bit. I’m running 26.2.
The opportunity to “get my feet wet”, with running out there has fallen into my lap. I have signed on to pace the Aspen Valley Half Marathon the day before my big race. This gives me the chance to get a feel for the elevation. I specifically chose a pace time well over my race pace (2:15 finish time), and it’s a net downhill elevation course, so it should allow a nice slow pace, and let me get a feel for the air and elevation.
I am trying to make all this work logistically, and am finding it very difficult. The distance of Aspen from the airport, bib pickup, accommodations, everything about it is difficult to plan. Well, if my pockets were much deeper, it wouldn’t be a big deal, but I am trying to figure this out on a budget. Aspen is not cheap! Even looking at AirBnB is not cheap.
What would you suggest? Should I take advantage to my time there by running two races at all? Should I just concentrate on the BQ race? I really am torn. Your thoughts would be helpful, I’m sure.