• Alex 50km Lahti Champion
    • Cali Days...

      October 11, 2013

       The leaves crunch beneath my now worn running shoes as I negotiate the soft, pine needle infested single track above the Nor-Cal town of Truckee, CA. After days upon days of warm weather, blue skies and summer-like vibes, the jackets and long tights were thrown on – a rude reminder that even in California it’s approaching mid-October. As I weave between some seriously large pines and over the endless ridges, it feels as though I am literally running into winter. Then, my mind drifts… It strikes me as unbelievable that I can follow Alex and Babs almost seamlessly while Harv talks about football in a seemingly endless, never ending stream of verbal excess - all while avoiding disastrous face plants on some of the rocky outcrops that litter the thin beat-in trail like smarties in a monster cookie – quite obviously there, but devoid of any discernable pattern.
       
      How many kilometers have I run these last 5 months? How many ridgelines have been explored? How can a small group of cross country skiers fill nature’s airwaves with an astounding number of meaningless topics through hours and hours of both the beautiful and miserable workouts over a couple continents and a handful of countries? Should I be surprised that I can keep it upright most of the time while willing my body forward through different terrain and training? I shouldn’t be that surprised. You are what you practice after all – unless you’re Lenny. Then you are just darn good.
       
      Something else that has not been surprising is aside from today’s hiccup; California in autumn has been what I remembered it to be. Blue skies and sunny weather, vistas with apparent and looming granite monoliths, stellar soft single track running trails and long, winding (and climbing!), quiet roads. I remember all that from my years training in the fall both in the Mammoth Lakes and Truckee areas in the past...