TransRockies 2007 – Day 3

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Written by: Jonathan Schmidt

Day 3 – Sept 18/07

24 miles – 4:33

Today was by far the toughest day. It was 24 miles with some significant elevation changes and a tough last few miles on the road. Justin was really strong and helped me pull through to the finish. The race started with some nice flat stretches along a gravel road before turning up on a beautiful single track trail through the woods. The single track was lots of fun and almost enjoyable – had it not been for the tough time I had catching my breath and keeping up with Justin. The single track eventually became a forest road and we cruised down a bunch of elevation. When opportunity allowed we had brief glimpses of the snow capped peaks in the background and the beautiful golden yellow aspen covering the slopes at every corner. As they promised, the views were breathtaking. Sadly the trails ended just before the third control station and at mile 18 and we had to complete the final six miles on pavement and country roads. We came to the finish line exhausted and beaten down, but together. The camaraderie is great and I don’t think either one of us could accomplish this on our own. We have two more days to complete and each one will be a greater victory than the previous one. With the help of God we can do it. Praise God for health and strength each day!

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