That is probably the biggest negative.
My most curious observation has been that I feel like I am living a life very similar to when I lived on Air Bases. Everything is so close by and within walking distance and that is how you get everywhere. Walk to the Post Office, walk to the laundry, walk to see a movie, eat out, go to a bar, the store, etc. I have not moved the Jeep an inch the past week.
Running and riding... Just by the nature of the terrain here, not to mention a base elevation of 8,000 feet, I can only see myself getting stronger than I ever thought was possible. Lots of vertical for both riding and running and a lot of other stuff in between.
Saturday I rode my bike from the apartment to the Fritz Fabi Huts up Smuggler mountain road. Two hours to get there or so and an hour or so coming back. Excellent uphill riding and even better downhill to force me to work on my downhill skills. When I am up the next time I plan to ride to the McNamara Hut via Hunter Creek Trail/Road. I rode about halfway there yesterday.
Sunday was a killer run to the top, the legitimate top of Aspen Mountain. The summit is exactly five miles from the apartment taking the Little Cloud Trail to Summer Road then taking the road to the summit. This isn't a run I would want to do every day because it is so steep and it never lets up but it will definitely be a great one to put into the training rotation to do on a regular basis, especially after I am here 100%. The views from the sundeck on the summit are just breathtaking. Well worth the trip.
|Route to Aspen Mountain Summit.
The one I am really excited about is the Summit for Life Uphill on December, 7th. It is a night run up Aspen mountain and straight up the mountain slopes at that. They guy whom the Chris Klug Foundation is named after, Chris, rode 8:04 in the Leadville 100 MTB this year and he also won a bronze medal in the 2002 winter Olympics in snowboarding and that's AFTER a liver transplant. The Chris Klug Foundation is the group putting on the race. Pretty cool stuff.
The downtown area was a circus this weekend with the tourists. It is funny though... Melissa and I walk around and talk to people in shops, etc, and if you tell them you live here, it is amazing what people will share with you. There is definitely a subculture of locals here and they are pretty friendly it seems like.
So it is all positive really. We have a nice apartment that I wish were bigger but it is what it is for now. It serves as an awesome beachhead and gives us time to look around. I'm still wigged out over purging my stuff, moving and then figuring out what I am going to do here because no matter how great I am, (or think I am) nobody is lining up yet to pay me to ride and run all the time as a full time job. Yet.