Xterra Cheynne Mountain 24k
Friday afternoon I made the short trip down to Colorado Springs for Saturday’s annual Xterra Cheyenne Mountain 24k Trail race. I was able to spend the night with friends Rich & Jen who I know through FCA-Endurance. We enjoyed great conversation & fellowship over a tasty Costa Rican flavored meal served up by Jen of grilled chicken, rice & beans, fresh salad, squash, pineapple and fruit cobbler for dessert. Perfect pre-race meal!
I awoke race morning and fueled up on a light breakie of Skratch, peanut butter & honey sandwich, banana and some AMAZING coffee from Costa Rica – Jen hooked me up with a fresh grind of beans 🙂
Arriving at Cheyenne Mountain State Park with plenty of time to warm-up I was ready to roll. The race included a 5k, 12k and 24k all starting together. It was a grand prix type affair with 2 loops over super fun single track…lots of twists, turns, ups, downs and rocks to keep things interesting. Not knowing what to expect from the terrain since I’ve never run these trails my plan was to build through the first loop and then see if I could press the pace. I ran a solid tactical race holding fifth wheel through 12k then worked my way through the field on the first half of the second loop to take the win. Second and third were only 15-20’’ back so it was a tight race for sure. I was pleased with my pacing and fueling was spot on as I carried a bottle of 1st Endurance EFS with me. Here’s a link to a post race interview done by Tim Bergten from Pikes Peak Sports.
Crossing the line in 1:34 and change I was grateful for the gift of good health, even though I believe I dropped a lung at the high point of the course! Big props to the race organizers and volunteers who kept the course extremely well-marked and staffed. Thanks to my training partners from the Boulder Track Club M.U.T team, sponsors, family & friends for their continued support. Next up is either the 25 or 50k Greenland Trail Race.
Keep it smooth,