I recently spent a week in San Jose, CA for work and decided to stay through Saturday and do a trail race. Inside Trail Racing was putting on their Lake Chabot race, with multiple distances, and the 30K seemed to be just right. Since I was running Way Too Cool 50K in two weeks, Lake Chabot would be a perfect tune up race.
Back home in the NJ/PA area, I had been doing long runs in 15-20 degree temps, with twice weekly snow storms making it challenging to get the miles down.
|Typical Sunday run back East|
The Bay weather was just a bit different, with the temps at race start about 50, and not a snow flake to be found.
|Lake Chabot from the dock|
This course is really quite enjoyable. The first and last mile or so are on paved trail that meanders at the lake's edge. Most of the rest is dirt road or path, with some bits of single track sprinkled in. The middle section has some challenging climbs and decent. Race director Tim Stahler and crew seem to have the formula down for hosting a great trail race. Lake Chabot measured up to other ITR races I have done. Well organized, fun course, great volunteers and sacrifices to the weather gods were made well in advance.
|Tim (w/ bull horn) makes sure we're listening|
|Warming in the prerace sun|
|Fellow East coaster Pablo enjoys 1st mile with Cristina|
|On to the dirt|
|Down and . . .|
|. . . across the bridge|
|Much of the course looked like this, but with hills|
|Lake C from the other side|
|Everyone start climbing . . .|
|. . . and climb . . .|
|. . . getting higher . . .|
|. . . keep on climbing|
|. . . still higher|
|Ahh. Some nice single track thru the woods|
|Happy, smiling volunteers always make it better.|
One thing I learned is that I was not in 50K shape, especially for a California 50K. I'll just have to take it easy at Way Too Cool. (Yea, sounds good now.)
|. . . as we go merrily along|