Tonight, I’m heading on vacation. And no, I’m not going to the super bowl. I’m flying to Colorado for an 8-day vacation in the mountains! Karen and I are flying into Colorado Springs late tonight, where we will meet up with Karen’s younger sister, Kate, who lives and works in the Springs. (Kate is actually the Director of Doping Control for the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA), where she’s worked for the past seven years. She’s traveled the world, and was actually the representative from USADA who met Marion Jones' lawyers for a secretive meeting to take possession of Marion’s Olympic medals after she admitted to taking performance enhancing drugs. A sweet job indeed, but massively stressful and time-consuming, and thus, Kate has decided to make a big life change. She resigned two weeks ago and is moving to Madison this spring!)
During our time in Colorado, tomorrow morning, we’ll be running in a 10-mile race, which is part of the Pike’s Peak Road Running Club's Winter Series. We’ll spend a couple days in Colorado Springs hanging out and touring the Olympic training facilities and USADA, before heading to the mountains. Kate rents a condo near Breckenridge with a bunch of her friends, so we’ll stay there and ski a couple days. Then, we’re really heading into the mountains, for a three-day hut trip, which should certainly be an adventure. Needless to say, I won't have access to Internet from the hut, or probably much of next week. Many stories and pics when I return.