I ran the Xterra Snow Valley Trail 21km today and got my ass handed to me. And now I’m here to tell you all about it, so at least you know I survived.
There was a triathlon on Saturday that was just wrapping up when we got there.
and took a hike.
Finally it was time to get the party started with Steve. We went to Murray’s…
But, Steve refused to do karaoke?!?!?!? That is super out of character – I should have known something was up. Foreshadowing of his very serious approach to the race (ie. he was out to get me).
Not the best idea before a race, but not the worst either
From here we had Himalayan food – there is an amazing Himalayan restaurant in Big Bear Village! We were hoping it would help us trek the mountains Sunday.
Camping! It’s not just for bears any more.
I met Christine from Oatmeal in my Bowl and Rebecca (not pictured). How’d you ladies do?
Note to self: Check the course profile before just showing up like a tonta.
Race – It was gorgeous. Small field, 120 runners. Well organized. Snow Valley is beautiful.
Course – Climb 2 miles, sorta flattens out 2 miles, go back down 2 miles. Repeat
Xterra Trail Race 21km – 2:29:56
Don’t let this picture fool you, I was crawling. It’s all about the angles.
Steve finished in 2:03 and won FIRST place in his age group!!! He rocked it!
Monican, on the other hand took so long that the first thing the guys asked me when I was done was, “What happened?!” They figured something went wrong. Nope. It was just hard, thanks.
I’m just glad I stayed alive for the post-race watermelon.
Post-race Xterra provides burgers and chips for all runners. Supporters can purchase food too.
Overall: It was a HARD race. Since I am very new to trail running I realize I need a lot more practice and training. Trail running is an entirely different beast from road racing.
but I had a BLAST!
Question: What did you do this weekend?