So, after getting back home to Lander it was time to really get after it and starting training hard again for the races coming up, which of course means some Wind River Mountain Running.
I started with a 12-mile run up Roaring Fork Pass, and then the next day a 26 mile run to Pinto Park. The view of the Cirque of the Towers from Pinto Park never gets old. I got stormed on a little bit, but otherwise it was a good run.
Next was a run to Wind River Peak. Ideally, I wanted to get up the mountain because the forecast was perfect, but I knew snow conditions would make that challenging. I also picked the most elevation intensive route to Wind River Peak, trying to get my legs some more vertical in preparation for the Telluride Mountain Run and The Rut. So, I just made too slow of progress to get to the summit of the 13,192 foot mountain in a reasonable amount of time. But, the 31-mile effort took me to the Ice Lakes and Deep Creek Lakes, still some of my favorite places to run.
|Slow going on the trail to the Deep Creek Lakes|
|Tayo walking the line|
|A sign of summertime|
|Wind River Peak cirque|
|How embarrasing: a "selfie". Proof that I was there.|
Just a few days after my jaunt to Wind River Peak, I headed over to the western side of the range to Big Sandy. I did a 23-mile run to the still very snowy alpine terrain of Clear Lake, Deep Lake, Temple Lake, and Temple Pass.
|Deep Lake, with East Temple Peak and Temple Peak|
|Temple Peak, from Temple Pass|
|Snowfields down Temple Pass to Temple Lake|
|Big rock with some snow|
The other very exciting event in June was Jenny running the Northfork 50 mile race. She had a lot of knee pain after Zion, and basically didn't run at all for three weeks, but then really went for it at Northfork.
|No pain, no gain?|
|All smiles at the end|
Lastly, we celebrated the 4th of July in Lander, which is about he coolest party ever.
|Lander Fireworks: We take this shit seriously. Photo by Bryce Giesmann|
|Lander Pioneer Days Rodeo|