Alberta, Alberta

When I first had it in my head that I wanted to take on the Canadian Death Race, it wasn’t too long after I happened to visit my sports medicine doctor. His advice to me was to go the mountains  at least 2 weeks in advance to aclimate, and I would have some time in my taper to get to know the course.

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Once I got to Grande Cache, it was 9pm or so and there was still plenty of light. I grabed some dinner at the Big Horn Grille and chatted with the server. She recommended that I join a Facebook group that all the local mountain runnes are members of.  I did that and this awesome couple has taken me under their wing as a result.

We met up and tackled leg 1. What a great and reassuring experience.   Though this is one of the easier legs, the experience has reassured me that my anticipated time for leg 1 is realistic. Further to that, the folks I was running with knew the course well and although they are not “elite”, they were tonnes of help.  So my plan of attack is really starting to take form.

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Here is some advice: don’t drive through a mountain range with a Chevy Spark.

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