Hello from Kamloops, BC! Well actually hello from Sun Peaks Resort (50 miles North of Kamloops. Sun Peaks is the location for this years Raid the North 36 Hour Adventure Race. Because we had so much fun in last years race (sans Grizzly Bear bluff charge and the 500 lbs boulder that almost killed us) we are back to see if we can once again bring home the victory. This years team is comprised of Glenn Rogers, Ryan Fleming, a new girl I’ve never met but is supposed to be super duper Patricia Williams, and myself. Note: no actual Canadians. Last year I had 3 of them to race with. The race starts Friday at midnight.. I can’t wait.
No really I can’t wait… so I left Seattle on Sunday and drove to Kamloops in the VW. Monday I tried to climb up through the resorts trails on my bike to the top of Mount Tod at 7,060 feet. But “the man” stopped me. Even after offering to sign the liability waver and promising to stay on dirt roads that no one rides down – no dice, pay up or get out! So I spent the next 4 hours exploring some legal trails on my bike and ended up getting a pretty good climb in and seeing lots of cows (and cow patties). After dinner I ended the day with a short trail run before it got too dark.
Yesterday was more of the same.
Today I took care of errands and didn’t really feel like riding or running. I’m trying to listen to my body more, so I took it as a sign to take a rest day. Got my Turner Nitrous setup and dialed in for the race, contacted Geoff Langford (Raid the North race director) about when to help him stuff nuun in the race bags.
Then a little angel came to see me.
Now back at the van I feel like I need more. I decided for a little run, and promise myself I’ll only run to the top of the lift which is a 1,900 foot climb. I now had a ticket if they tried to stop me right? With about 2.5 hrs of light left the resort is technically closed but as long as I take the right trails up, no one will see me. From 4,100 feet I get to the top of the lift at 6,070 in :55 mins. Not bad at a steady pace, but not too much effort, remember I’m tapering. From there I figure I have to go the next bit higher because it’s called the “Top of the World” and the sun is setting and I want a photo from the top of the world. It’s actually the top of the ski resort at 6,824 feet. Another :25 mins and I’m at the top of the world taking a photo. Great, however the second highest mtn in this range, Mount Tod (pictured) at 7,060 feet is right behind me just another 200 feet higher and a few miles away. So I press on for the summit as the sun is setting. The loop I took actually drops to Tod lake first, so the climb was another 500 feet probably.