Instead, I will share a smattering of photos gleaned from pre- race, parade, awards ceremony and travel day after the race.
|La Mountainia-a Catholic retreat center 1000' above Lake Como. This is where Team USA and a handful of other teams stayed. Yummy, but starchy and virtually vegetable-free food was served:|
Though amazingly beautiful when it wasn't snowing or raining, it took at least 2 hours to get from our accommodations to race activities in Seregno. Bunk beds and dorm living is what no one expected, yet the proprietors were patient and kind and did their best to roll with difficult situations.
|Pictured above is Amy Sproston, Sean Meissner and myself all of Team Montrail, loving the sun!|
|Team Italy and Team USA while awaiting parade|
|John, front Left, survived his snafu ed 6 hour bus ride to join us at the end of the parade. Wow! We were relieved to see him!|
The following photos are of the awards ceremony and post race activities.
|Amy (World Champion!) and Meghan, 2 of our awesome tough girls. (Lin Gentling, team manager in back with Pam, another of our awesome fasties!).|
|Meghan, celebrating another World record run!|
|Team USA (center) celebrating GOLD!|
|Team USA men, celebrating silver and 4 top 10 finishes!|
|Federica, Giuseppe worked like dogs around the clock assisting Team USA and other teams. They were volunteers and were so patient and fun and kind, you'd think they made the "BIG BUCKS!" Grazie!|
|Next morning, dressed for warmer climates, Pam and Mac were looking forward to getting off the mountain!|
|Snow was pouring down as we departed our lodging...We kept our fingers crossed roads would stay clear so we could get to the train station!|
|George and I on the train from our hotel at MXP heading into Milan on Tuesday morning.|
|Taken from a roof of the Duomo|
|My Georgio overlooking the city....|
|Italian flag seen through the opening...|
|A quick look inside...|
|Here we are on the sidewalk enjoying aperitifs|
After a night of sleep I returned to work and tried to get on a good schedule but the evil cold symptoms got in the way and I am still dealing with trying to decompress my sinus pressure and drainage...
Yesterday, despite the sinus pressure and snot, (and maybe because the effort released the pressure, I ran a local 5km...and guess what ? No porta-pottie stops! It was a PR : 19:59! Yay!
|Running buddies and I post 5km...|
|Several members of our local running club ran...here we are showing off our bright shoes and shoe laces (I wore Montrail's Rogue Flys for this flat, fast course.|
I look forward to fully getting my legs back from the gimpy 100km last weekend ...
May 11th (pm)-13th(pm), I am psyched to be accompanying Diane Van Duran of North Face from Pisgah Inn to roughly Woodlawn as she makes her way through the Western Mountains during her 1000+ mile Mountains to the Sea Trail Quest... If things keep to schedule, we'll traverse roughly 90 miles of some technical and sweet single track during these days.
After this? FANS 24-Hour in Minnesota, if I can manage a day off of work!