It started as a 0.2 second thought. Actually there have been a few of those 0.2 second thoughts. First when I heard about the TransRockies Run, then when my friend completed the TRR last year, then when I saw photos of the TRR, and again when I was reading about a few ultramarathoners’ experience with the TRR. The 0.2 seconds goes, ‘Wow… maybe I… no… well… maybe… I could… hm… nah.’ Then I move on. The last time I thought this though, I didn’t move on.
I sat with the idea, slept on it, researched it, and then was presented with an opportunity to make it real. The same friend that ran it in 2016 is heading back in 2018, along with his running coach, and a group of 15 people. Partnering with the TransRockies Run itself, the Race Director, Aerobic Power coaching, and other running affiliates, the idea is to create a team. A team that trains together, suffers together, rises together, and adventures through the mountains together to experience one of the most life changing weeks possible. A group of 15 people that will experience a year of training, through clinics, mountain adventures, coaching, and group runs, and then head south next August to run 120 miles in the TransRockies Run.
I am one of the 15 people.
And yeah, that scares the shit out of me.
In case you’re thinking, “WTF is TRR and stop using all of these acronyms,” I’ll give you a brief run down – pun intended – but you will certainly be hearing more about it over the coming year. TransRockies Run is a 6-day, 120-mile, 20000ft of elevation gain, staged trail run in Colorado. From the race organizers themselves…
Runners will take on the Colorado Rockies for a trail running experience like no other. During the six days of the TransRockies Run, runners from all over the world will run, eat and live together as they cover 120 miles of spectacular scenery, fully supported by a dedicated and professional Event Team who will look after all aspects of their food, accommodations and on-course support.
Based upon the wildly successful TransAlpine-Run in Europe and the TransRockies mountain bike race, the TransRockies Run is run on a multi-day point-to-point format which allows athletes to access and traverse wild and fantastic scenery, while building camaraderie, overcoming adversity and sharing a singular adventure.
It’s both comforting and terrifying that I have a year until I hit the start line. For all of the reasons that it is comforting, there is an equal and opposite sense of fear. I have a year to transform from recreational runner and casual hiker to badass trail runner. I have a year to push myself into new territory, to do something that feels impossible and will be anything but easy. I am under no false sense of how challenging this will be. I want to be clear when I say that I will need this entire year to train, to get faster, to climb hills more efficiently, to hit downhills more effectively, to perform better on technical trails, to enhance my recovery routine and strength training to suit increased distance running.
One of the main reasons I am doing this is because I get to do it with other people. I know that motivation fades when it is only you that has to sustain it. What about when it’s more than a dozen people? There is support in a team and I know that while my mom will say, “You’re absolutely insane,” and my dad will look at me with skeptical eyes and ask, “Are you sure?” that I have an incredible family support system behind me as well.
So, here we go. One year from tomorrow, I will be in Colorado to run the TransRockies Run. I think I just threw up a little bit… but I’m also beyond excited. I’m excited to see what I can do, to challenge myself to take on something new and add another layer to being “that girl that hikes and runs and camps a lot.” Let’s go.