|To the Titanium Forest!|
Logistically, hitting these two races proved to be quite a challenge, but I made it work. Check out this itinerary: Fly out of SFO Friday evening, arrive at LAX by 9pm, pick up car rental at LAX, drive to Orange County, car camp, take the early start at dark o’clock, finish race mid morning, drive 275 miles to Las Vegas, pick up bib, carbo load, sleep, run race next day, return rental car in Las Vegas, fly home. Up to this point, my body is so used to all this running, traveling, car camping, and what not, that this crazy weekend schedule didn’t phase me one bit. ‘Tis the life of the Marathon Maniac!
|Gotta be extra careful. Wouldn't want to fall in and destroy the camera!|
Nonetheless, I had to face the Trabuco trails in order to reach my Titanium dream. I’m not going to lie or sugar coat. I did not love this marathon, but that probably doesn’t come as a surprise to any of you. I had to run up and down hills, jump over big rocks, dodge dirt bikers, and hop from stone to stone Frogger style to make it across the creek. Well, I ain't no Kermit The Frog. I missed one stone and fell right in. The water was only about 6 inches deep, so I didn’t have any worries about drowning. My big concern was that I landed on my bad foot, and the last thing I wanted was to have it aggravated. Fortunately, this slip happened later in the race so I was able to limp my way to the finish line.
|No injuries, please!|
The good news is that I finished this marathon with no injuries! I also took another step closer to Titanium! Feeling good, I jumped into my rental car and headed off to Sin City. I knew that I could relax the rest of the weekend, as the next race was only 13.1 miles. I can do that in my sleep.
|Titanium Score Board: 47 down, 5 to go!|