Traveling to Leadville was both better and worse than I expected. Worse because it involved mechanical issues on planes, cancelled flights, re-routing, and an arrival 8 hours later than I had hoped. But I eventually I got here. It was better than I expected because even with all of that my bike and bag both showed up in CO along with me. When I got in (after two hours of driving, which came after 12 hours of traveling via airplane), I hit the bed and that was pretty much it.
In the morning I woke up to investigate what Team Bohl HQ looked like. This is the cabin:
And here is the oh so terrible view from the front porch:
It’s rough but I will take this one for the team.
Then it was time to get Worm all back together, I mean he won’t go anywhere like this:
But like I said, he arrived in good shape and soon was ridable:
Today’s training instructions (now that Drew and I were on the same page for this week) were 1.5 hours, EASY. Let the body adjust. So I biked the first 8 miles of the Leadville course (town to the base of St. Kevan’s). I rode up St. Kevan’s just a little bit. I wasn’t alone:
It’s a lot narrower than I had expected. They have been having a lot of rain out here and so the dirt roads are in really rough shape.
My bike ride ended with two trips through what will be the finish line (hey I needed to get 5 more minutes in, so I went around a second time).
Day 1 ended with shopping for food (stocking HQ), and some work work. Getting tired and ready to hit the sack.
Thoughts for the day:
1. 10,000 ft is pretty high and I could feel the altitude.
2. BUT that’s why I am here now. To get acclimated. Its going to be harder than back at home, but I knew that. Today was a good reality check.