|A surprise storm rolled in when Asia and I were hiking up towards Mosquito Pass. Not quite summer yet.|
I didn't get to check around Ball Mountain but I did get a picture. I was hoping to get a better look but a storm blew in and reduced visibility to nill. There is snow on the eastern side as you can see in the photo. On a good note though, the snowline is so high that the majority of the first ten miles I bet will be snow free.
|Ball Mountain. You can see the snowfield on the eastern facing shoulder. Much of that will probably be there next weekend as it is a northern facing slope.|
|The long view looking up the pass. About mile 10.5 on the Marathon course.|
|A great deal of runoff coming down the road. Asia isn't helping any.|
|Probably around mile 11.5 - 12 on the Marathon course. This is the first major snow blockage on the road. If we are lucky, even with partial melt off there should be snow-free paths on the sides of the road.|
So there ya have it. If I had more time and weather permitting I would have hung out more and gone up further but it wasn't in the cards for today. After scouting around, Melissa and I went to the Grill and had dinner. Damn it was good to be in Leadville again!
Okay week of training. I have been feeling better as the week has progressed. 9:26 total training time for the week. 5:10 (32.3 miles) running and 4:16 on the bike. I actually rode 1.5 of those biking hours indoors today as it was raining. It was a nice break and fun to do something different. Plus riding indoors goes a long ways towards keeping me out of trouble just six days from a race.
Now to kick back and rest for the week. I can NOT believe we are here already! Woohoo!