One of our X-1 Team members, Scott Surface, checked in with us after he finished the TransRockies Run. Here’s his report:
Two and a half hours into the final stage of the TransRockies Run– a six day, 115-mile stage race from Buena Vista to Beaver Creek– I was just short of the day’s highest check-point. As the incline steepened, my pace
deteriorated to a labored jog. Sweat poured down my face. I slogged onward, each step sending a small puff of the trail’s dry red dirt in little swirls around my ankles and calves.
I had spent the greater part of the morning billy-goating up the switchbacks out of Vail and through dewy grassland and hazy aspens. But the thin Colorado air was beginning to take its toll. I would have choked if not for Michael Franti and the earbuds connecting us. His cheerful refrain pumped through my head and I salvaged just enough rhythm to propel myself to the summit.
At the aid station, I checked my headphones—still secure after hours of sweat and outdoor exposure. I replenished my water and GU supplies and easily slalomed down through the labyrinth of trees toward Avon.
The rest of the day was a breeze and I soon found myself on the downward slope to Beaver Creek’s picturesque village and the finish. It was an awesome day. Even better, I can’t hear “Say Hey (I love you)” without feeling the dirt under my feet and my heart pounding in my chest at 12,000 feet above sea level. That’s the thing about music. It takes you back over and over. And with the right headphones, I’m never without my music.
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