As I think we mentioned, we've been away on holiday for some time - and I'm sure some pictures will start to make an appearance quite soon. Since the summer holiday season seems to start around Memorial Day, we had arranged to be in Boulder for the Bolder Boulder race on that day. We'd had fun doing this two years ago, just as we were starting to run quite regularly. So we entered again.
The week we had in Boulder prior to the race was long enough to realise how hard the altitude would make things, but not enough to acclimatise to it. So we knew we were not going to be fast. A few days before the event, I got an email from the organisers offering me a free t-shirt if I ran under 40 minutes, which seemed a bit of a cruel tease. By half way round it was clear that I wasn't going to be breaking any records (even personal ones) but I managed to pace myself to my minimal goal of running faster in minutes than my age in years, which is one achievement that should get easier in the future. One drawback of starting in an early start wave (with my starting position being based on results in flat races at sea level) was that plenty of people overtook me on the way round. My time of 43:42 was by some way my slowest 10k run since the previous Bolder Boulder. Jules also was several mins quicker than before at 55:52.
Back in Japan now and summer is coming...we'll not be racing for a few months, though at least the run to work is mostly shaded by trees.