In the last 2 months I have run most of the sections of the 87k trail race that is coming up next week. It is helping my confidence knowing that I can visualize most of the trail. I think there is only about 25% of the trail that I haven’t done. And the parts that I haven’t done aren’t a big mystery – I think they are similar to other nearby sections.
Just the training for these races helps me become an expert of the local trails. I can now talk with confidence about trail names such as the ones on the Ironlegs route: Sulphur Springs, Elbow Trail, Powderface Ridge, Ford Creek, Pneuma, Moose Packers, Moose Mountain, Ridgeback.
I don’t know what it would be like if the race was further from home where you can’t do any reconnaissance.
As long as the weather holds, it should be an amazing route. And stunning views. Stay tuned.
Ironlegs.CA in beautiful Kananaskis country in Alberta