We spent several day at the Mountain Princeton Hot Springs Resort a few miles south of Buena Vista. In an effort to be polite, I'll just say that the resort is "up and coming," Set slightly below the Chalk Cliffs, the views from the hot springs are spectacular. That said, some of the rooms (including the one we stayed in) are still in need of renovation. No big deal, they just weren't up front about that when we booked the room. As a result it's a bit of a letdown when you get there. I wouldn't have a problem with that if they let you know in advance that some of the rooms are much better than others. This puts a strain on their employees that have to deal with folks that arrive excited to stay at the resort and then have to deal with their disappointment that it isn't quite what they'd expected. That said, they are clearly working on making some upgrades to the place and once that's done, I'm sure that these problems will subside.
|Enjoying a post run soak in the River with Maya and Lily|
|Mountain Princeton from the parking lot of our Motel|
|Mid-meal photo at Eddyline Brewing in Buena Vista|
Since I haven't been running a lot, my plan for the day was just to run a little of the course and get a feel for what it would be like. I figured I would do a lot of run/ walking and I was fully prepared to walk should my right calf start to have an issue. As it turned out, I did do a lot of stopping to check the course directions on my phone. The course is run on a lot of trails, and while these are marked, it was definitely a challenge to keep all of the directions straight. Several times, I found myself running along and hoping I was on the right path. Eventually I would come across a sign or marker that indicated that I was. When I returned home and looked at a map of the course, it turns out that I followed the course for the most part, and only missed one of the turn offs. This took me off of the course for a mile or two, but that didn't really matter for my purpose. I mostly ran to get a sense of the terrain, climate, etc. I don't need to see the entire course so long as I understand what it will be like overall. Now I feel like I can go into the race with a sense of what it will be like.
|From the course, looking back at the Collegiate Peaks, certainly one of the most beautiful views for a race.|
Currents Steak and Seafood. It just so happens that Tuesday and Thursday nights are "Sushi Nights!" As you can tell by this picture, Lily really enjoyed it!
|Post Sushi and Grilled Cheese at 'Currents' in Salida|