After a full two weeks in Colorado Springs I am finally back in Aspen. The rest of my stuff that I needed to move has been moved and everything else to be sold, donated, given away, or just discarded is now out of my life and gone for good.
Both the house and cottage are rented out and I believe I hit the jackpot with the tenants that I found.
It was a tough two weeks there with every day becoming more challenging as more things kept going out the door. The last two nights I commented to myself that I had more "luxuries" the month that I lived in the tent in Leadville this summer than I had in the house.
But disassembling a life is a chore. Even with all of the stuff that I got rid of early in the year it seemed that I still had a ton to deal with the past two weeks. Piece by piece and day by day the house which was my home for over nine years became just an empty shell.
I did not run one day while I was there. It was just easier to skip the runs to focus on what I needed to get done.
The upside to the trip was that I got to catch up with a lot of friends. This also meant that I got to out to eat just about every day and hit all of my favorite places. That was a lot of fun. Never got to King's Chef as someone was a total flake.
Anyway, that is all done and I am glad to be back in Aspen and doubly glad that the pass has stayed open allowing me a double crossing on Sunday with the UHaul and an easy trip back yesterday.
Today the running started again. Shad Mika is visiting and we got out for a good 12-13 mile run today which allowed me to visit some of my favorite trails and show him around as well. It would have been impossible to ask for a better weather day for late October.
I lost some fitness over the two weeks and I am fine with that. Before I left I had to run up something damned near vertical to get my heart rate to go up. Now I can run flattish stuff and have it be where it sort of should be. Being rested now I can start to build up again.
Talking to my friend Jeff here about an informal 100 miler in January. No planned course or location yet but it will probably be something lower and more desert like.