Ummm.....what was I thinking?
I thought that there would be a hill to climb, but couldn't imagine that it would be that large. Maybe I need to spend more time at the zoo. Cheyenne Mountain Zoo is the only zoo that is built into the side of a mountain. Where did I get the idea of running up a hill? Let me assure you, it's a mountain.
We arrived bright and early at the zoo this morning and luckily the Dutchican knew the history of the shrine, which is pretty interesting, so I think we'll plan a trip up (in a car) before Gunner leaves.
The views were spectacular, and since there was an 8.5% grade increase and the altitude increased almost 1000 feet, I should have brought a camera because I could have taken pictures at the rate that I was
I did finish the race, where the Dutchican was waiting at the finish line. (I'm telling you, she's a machine!)
I'm glad I did it, but I think that the Pikes Peak Ascent is off the race schedule for a few years. I've got a long way to go before I can hike up an incline like that at an efficient speed. All in all, I would do it again, even the 10K (as I thought the 5K had a wimpy finish line), but I would have to get outside and run more, train with hills, and do the mini-incline by my house on a regular basis.