Miracles have occured, again!
Last Saturday, I found someone I trust to take care of my precious babies for 4 days and 2 half days. Thank you so very much, Barb. Because of you, this is all possible. That gives me Hans, the ultimate guide, for 4 full days.
Then, I got home this morning and opened my mail. A sponsor sent me $500! It was from my mother-in-law, Maryann!
In her note she writes, "I'm very proud of you as a wonderful wife to Hans and mother of my grandchildren. I have the utmost respect for your training, running, and climbing accomplishments." Thank you Maryann! Wow! And that covers my kid care costs. : )
All of the last minute preparations cut into my training time in the mountains. But, I managed a bit of training at altitude this Fourth of July weekend.
Yosemite Valley to Clouds Rest: accumulated elevation gain of 5785, max elevation of 9930. 21 miles in 8 hours, 16 minutes. Training weight 20 lbs.
Glacier Point Road to Ostrander Lake: accumulated elevation gain of 1645, max elevation of 8560. 12.4 miles in 4 hours 19 minutes. Training weight out bound 18 lbs. Training weight in bound 35-40 (estimate). I helped an injured hiker by carrying her packweight to the trailhead.
So far, there seems to be lots of snow in the Sierras and clear forecast.
The start date: 7/8 on Mt. Shasta. My best boyfriend, Mike Ayon, will meet me in Bishop at 11 pm, Friday for the drive up to Shasta. This allows for a 8-9 am start up the mountain on Saturday. Then he will drive me back down to Bishop (8-9 hour drive) to start Tyndall/Williamson or Langley. Yes, I am gonna be tired! : )
From now on, I plan on doing some pool recovery, rest, eating, packing, and trail conditions research.