I finally got to unwrap the Christmas present Laura gave me in 2004.
Laura's present to me in 2004 was to run the Bolder Boulder in 2005.
Laura got really sick right before the race that year and injuries, a trip to Cut Bank for Kelly's graduation and more injuries delayed the opening of that present.
3 weeks ago, Laura and I ran in qualifying race for the Bolder Boulder on her birthday. Laura already had a qualifying time from her 1st Bolder Boulder last year.
We left the house at 5:15 for the drive to Bolder, caught a Run and Ride Bus to the start line with just a few minutes to spare.
Laura's wave started 11 minutes before my start. She was probably 2K ahead of me before I started running.
This was my first Bolder Boulder in 5 years. I had done very little training for this race and both of my calves were incredibly sore from the Iron Horse Bicycle Classic ride that I had attempted on Saturday.
I didn't really know what to expect as I started to run. I was surprised that my calves weren't really bothering me and I didn't feel too tired from the ride on Saturday.
The first 1K of the race should be the fastest of the race as it is mostly downhill. When I got to the 1K sign, I was dismayed that my first split of the day was 5:56. Good grief, I can't believe how slow I have become.
It was a beautiful morning, although it was already becoming quite warm and not a cloud in the sky. One spectator took a quick spin while enjoying a glass of wine.
Heading to the 5 mile sign.
- Denver Nuggets Mascot Rocky runs the Bolder Boulder in 1:03!!! He is an amazing athlete.
Frank Shorter was doing the color commentary as we waited for the men to arrive in the stadium for the finish. He commented that running isn't like the sport of cycling where there are agreements made in the peleton on who will win the stage for the day. He said that all three men wanted to win the race and would eventually make their move to win the race.
When the three men entered the stadium they ran together in unison and held hands with one another. They had raced as a team, won the team competition and finished as a team.
I found their commitment to one another to be very inspiring. You just don't see this in sports anymore. There is so much emphasis on winning, at any costs it was so refreshing to see this amazing gesture of sportsmanship.