I dropped my bags and met up with the Trail Runner Crew: Cynthia Bruggeman, Associate Publisher and Elinor Fish, Managing Editor, Michael Benge, Editor and David Clifford, the magician photographer. It was a pleasure to finally meet Elinor as we had been emailing for a few weeks prior, and she was so welcoming and friendly. I was psyched at how friendly everyone was, it was hard to be in a bad mood when you had such a phenomenal backdrop and the weather was perfect.
This was an amazing opportunity for me and I loved every minute of it. It was never hard work, it was just running and smiling in different outfits in beautiful locations. We went to a number of different locations to shoot. Nick and Dawn our resort guides were two of the coolest people you could hope to be guiding you around. Their knowledge of the area was incredible.
There was lots of leaping across creeks, hopping over rocks, running through creek beds and over dry cracked earth. We did a camping scene, which was fun and we were all a little cooked by the sun at the end of the day.
I now know how amazing Nathan Sports Hydration Packs really are. If I ever want to run far enough that I need to take 2-3 litres of water (yikes!) I would use the X-Ceed, or X-Treme it crosses the body like an X on your chest very comfortable. I also know that my next headlamp will be either Petzl or Black Diamond. I have to say I would never have looked at Sugoi Running stuff before but their verve running shorts were incredibly light & clever pockets, although I thought I had them on back to front at first!
When Cliffy showed me some of the images he was taking, I was blown away. I was in awe, is that ME! He really is a magician. Running shots aren’t always flattering, if you are a runner and have been photographed while in action it can be upsetting, Brett has seen the tears after race photos. I have to admit my legs have more definition than in the past, but they aren’t ‘skinny’ and nor do I want them to be!
All in all, I had a blast with the Trail Runner Crew and the only tough part was getting up a little earlier in the morning to put the war paint on and fluff the hair! Now I just have to sit tight and wait to see what’s on the Cover, Table of Contents and what made the cut for the gear guide, till June 1st.
Step 1 – take front wheel off bike
Step 2 – put bike in rocky mounts on roof of car
Step 3 – put front wheel & dog in back of car
Well Zeke made it, but the front wheel didn’t. I got half way to Fruita and realized the front wheel was still in the garage – DOH! It was already past 8pm. It was too late to go home, so we decided I would just rent one from Over The Edge Sports in Fruita. I was glad to have to go into town, an excuse to get some real coffee in the morning!
Pammy directed me seamlessly to our campsite (LOL) where a tent was pitched, but the car was looking like a better option, it was chilly. Nothin’ like crammin’ 2 people and a dog in the back of a subaru to stay warm. I woke up to find, I clearly did not pack a pillow for Zeke’s and he was sharing mine with me… priceless.
Derek Fish a mate of ours was working at the OTE Sports, so Pam and I dropped in at 9am when they opened. Fish hooked me up with a Rocky Mountain 29er. It was better than my bike, I was stoked, I should do this more often.
We rode Zippity, Joe’s Ridge, Prime Cut, and a bunch more. It was so much fun. I felt really strong. A nice way to start the season. Of course nothing was technical so it was good for my ego. It got really windy about noon, so much that it almost knocked Pam, off her bike, but I had to be at work by 5pm, so we called it quits about 1pm. I am pumped to go back for more!