On May 17th at noon local time (5am Texas time) I toe the line to the Nove Colli race. This is a 125-mile road race that starts in Cesenatico, Italy. Cesenatico is a little coastal town off the Adriatic Sea. That being said, the race is anything but flat. Nove Colli literally means, Nine Hills, and that is what the course will give us. Nine climbs with nine time cutoffs. And two pasta parties to refuel while we run. Heart be still... I cannot describe what is going through my mind. I've been waiting three years to do this race! Equally exciting is that my super coach Amanda McIntosh is coming with me to crew and pace - -girls gone wild. Kidding. Completing the Carawan Caravan is Antonio Jacopo a local Italian ultrarunner who has graciously volunteered to help crew and pace. I met Antonio through my friend, Carmelo, who I met in the middle of running Spartathlon. (I love how ultrarunning not only opens the doors to new places but also puts amazing people in your path along the way.) I cannot wait to practice my Italian with Antonio along the miles. :)
Following Nove Colli, Amanda and I will head over to Firenze where I'll have six days to rest, recover and get ready for round two: the 42nd edition of del passatore 100k on May 24th. Ok-ok...I get that this is a lot of miles but if I'm flying all the way over to Europe I might as well go full monty. The hard part for this race (aside from trashed legs from Nove Colli) will be the 3pm start time (8am Texas time). Oh and there's a 10-mile, 2300ft+ climb right smack in the middle of the race. I'm not really sure what will happen to me at this race, but I'm going to go do it anyway. The course is all road, point-to-point, starting in the heart of Firenze and ending in Faenza. In a nutshell, it runs straight through Tuscany! Yum-yum-yummy!
Suffice it to say, I'll be racking up some serious mileage on my Newton shoes!! In tow I'm bringing my go-to Gravity pair but also including the new Distance III because there's potential for rain at both races. The new five lug soles are nice and grippy on the road!
So there you have it, my spring ultrarunning adventure. Rest assured in between races there will be plenty of caloric gluttony involved, but not of the liquid variety....I'll have to wait until the flight back to enjoy a little Italian wine. :)
Huge shout out to my Newton Running Elite teammates - they will all be together for Boulder Boulder weekend and I'm sorry to miss meeting all of them and hanging out. Good luck!! I'm sending SG with a surprise for all of you!!
Below is a flyover of the first race with a caveat - - Nove Colli originated from a cycling race. So the flyover is the bike course and NOT EXACTLY the run course. I've been told the difference is in the start and finish locations but in general this is very close.
Wish me luck! Ciao!!