After months of planning it’s hard to believe that at 8am tomorrow, I will be setting out on a journey of a lifetime with my 11 teammates. I am excited, nervous, and I will probably dry heave and cry at least once (hopefully not at the same time) along the 200ish mile course from Saratoga, NY to Lake Placid, NY – home of the 1980 winter Olympics.
If you are unfamiliar with the Adirondacks you are missing out. Here’s your 101:
- The Adirondack Mountains do not form a connected range like the Appalachians or the Rockies, but rather a 160-mile wide dome of more than 100 peaks.
- The Adirondack peaks can range anywhere from 1,000 feet tall to well over 5,000 feet. The 46 tallest summits (over 4,000 feet) are known as the High Peaks.
- If you climb all 46 peaks you’re a rockstar and get to be in the VIP “46ers” club.
- There are tons of things to do in the region during every season – hiking, rock climbing, snowshoeing, ice skating. In the winter you can even go dogsledding and try your hand at luging in the Olympic complex.
To give you some perspective of what it will be like running from the foothills of the Adirondacks uphill, here’s a glimpse of the course:
Now, as many of you know, I’m coming off a 3 week running hiatus due to a tibial stress fracture. My doctor gave me the green light to do this relay and if I didn’t think I could do it, I wouldn’t. I’ve been feeling good and I kept up my cardio with cycling. I have run a few times over the past week and feel that I am capable to run at least 2 legs. As for the 3rd, I’d like to try to conquer this monster:
I am runner 4 for Team BAD (Beer and Donuts) so I will be running legs 4, 16 (left), and 28 for a total of about 13 miles. If you’re running Ragnar ADK, I hope to see you there! I’ll be tweeting and uploading pics (cell service permitting) so be sure to follow along using the hashtag #ragnarADK and #teamBAD2012!
Have you ever done a Ragnar Relay? Will you be running Ragnar ADK? Ever been to the Adirondacks? Talk to me, Goose!