|Oh, that's where my bag went....|
As we got about 1/4 of the way over the bridge Aliza started to freak out at how high we were and took off like a rocket towards the other side. Unfortunately the bridge is almost a half a mile long and it took her a couple of minutes to get to the other side. When I reached the other side we decided to head down the steep switchbacks to get down towards the water and check out underneath the bridge.
We were amazed at how massive the bridge was. It made me dizzy to look up towards the top of the columns. Neither one of us had brought cameras, so we went back a few days later and took the pictures I'm posting now. While we were there we saw a big snake, which we later identified as a King Snake which is non-poisonous. We were pretty careful at the time though because we had been warned about many dangerous snakes, including rattlesnakes.
|King Snake (I think...)|
Training Camp, Day One
This morning about 150 people met at the Forest Hill Elementary School in Auburn California to attend the first of three days of training on the Western States 100 course.
|Foresthill School, Mile 60 during the race|
I was under strict instructions from Satan, I mean Coach Jack, to not run fast or hard today. He told me that he wanted to make sure that I was tired before this weekend so I could go slow and concentrate on learning everything about the course possible. No problem there, I'm pretty tired. There were lots of ups and downs today. Many of the downhills were long, but not that steep. Only a few of the climbs were steep, but I power hiked most of them in an effort to take it easy. It actually felt great to take it easy and hike as I have not done any yet this year.
|5 Time WS100 winner, Tim Twietmeyer|
After running up a road for a while I headed down Bath Road. During the race we run up it in the opposite direction, and it is steep. I was alone and stopped a couple times to see if I was still going the right way, as there were no markings. After finding the trail I went down a long hill and nice trail to the turn around at Michigan Bluff. Along the way was a cool stream crossing that required a rope to help you through the rushing water. I met up with Adam, whom I ran some of the Leadville race and training camp and we had a great time catching up and talking about training, jobs, etc.
|Fun stream crossing|