We finally got the chance to get back up to our place in Keystone but of course it couldn’t just be for the fun of it. So what does Mike do when he is in between Ironman races? He supports other athlete friends who are even crazier than him. And by support, I don’t mean holding a banner or cheering from the sidelines. I mean actual work. Mike signed on to be on the pacing team for a friend who was competing in the Leadville 100, a foot race of 100 miles on mountain trails all at an elevation of over 10,000 feet. His particular job was to run alongside him during miles 76 to 87, which also happened to be in the middle of the night. Before his “shift” started, we were able to take in the beauty of the Leadville area and cheer for the other
crazy endurance athletes.
The next day, we scooped up Mike (exhausted, sleep-deprived, and chilled to the bone) and spent the rest of the day in Breckinridge. As we have recently learned, there is no rest for the weary.