Well the Snowmass Trail Ragnar was just this past weekend. It was a great time - but also super hard! All 3 runs were definitely challenging! We got to Snowmass Village on Thursday evening and had a great evening just chatting with everyone. Friday morning we got up and went to the "Ragnar Village" where we found our camping spot and began setting up. By 11:30 am our first runner was off!
We basically would do a lot of walking back and forth between our campsite and the transition area - where the one runner hands off the bib/timing chip to the next runner. We'd cheer on our team as they came in and cheer them on as they headed out. We all weren't there for all the runs, but we'd come back and forth a bunch. We not only got some good running in, but a lot of walking as well.
My friend/night-running buddy and I took advantage of the free 8-minute massage they were offering. I'm not sure what hurt worse - my uphill yellow run or the massage!? It was quite painful.
Dinner was served that night and was pretty yummy.
Some of us tried getting some rest before our night run, but it just didn't happen for me. I finally gave up and got out of the tent and just waited until it was time to head over to the transition area. Sarah, my night runner, and I went down and hung-out near the bonfire for a bit - and got to watch a little of the movie they were showing on a big screen - Top Gun.
We headed out for our night run at midnight. It was the best run! Sarah was a great night-buddy and told me of all the pitfulls on the trail: "dip!" "root!" "rock!" etc. It felt wonderful without the sun and was just an awesome, awesome night run. It turned out that no matter what run we had (green, yellow, or red), whatever run was done at night was that person's favorite. Does that make sense?! So like if my night run was the red loop, it probably would have been my favorite. It was just so cool and nice!
We got back to our tent and I probably slept from about 1-4:45am. Not too bad!
And there you have - the long version of my first Ragnar!