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Whiskey Row 10k (May 5, 2012)

May 8, 2012

I’ve only ridden my mountain bike in Prescott a few times, and every time has been part of a race, so I’ve been anxious to try out the trails in a more relaxed setting.  This weekend was the Whiskey Row Marathon/Half Marathon/10k, so I figured I’d combine a mountain bike adventure with a 10k run, and enjoy the weekend at high elevation.

I was glad to see such a good turnout, with over 800 people showing up to run the 10k.  Staying with the authentic wild west theme, the race was started with a couple of shots from a shotgun, or musket, or something like that.  The bang from the gun started the race, and about a half mile into the race, it was bang, right into the first hill.  Hills are painful for everybody, but as I held a steady pace up the incline and started to pass people, I realized that although they may be painful, hills are going to be my friend today.  And if hills were my friend, I had a lot of friends out on this course.  With each hill, I seemed to edge past more and more people, so it was shaping up to be a pretty good day.  Coming into the last half mile, I was glad to see that nobody I picked off on the hills had a miraculous sprint finish planned, so I was able to comfortably cruise through the finishing area.  I was really happy I held up through the altitude and hills, but the most satisfying part was my placing (http://resultsarchive.active.com/pages/oneResult.jsp?pID=128844223&rsID=127489&pubID=3).  It was a great way to start the weekend.  Here are more details of my run (http://connect.garmin.com/activity/175097080).

I enjoyed a great sleep at a quaint boutique hotel (http://www.vendomehotel.com) on Saturday night, then a delicious breakfast of homemade waffles and organic coffee on Sunday morning.  Then I was off to the trails.

Prescott is a really great town for mountain biking, and one of the reasons is that the trails are within a couple miles of the city.  I didn’t have to hassle with hauling my bike to the trail in the car, I just rode right from the hotel.  A lot of mountain biking adventures in new towns require searching for the best trails, but it seems in Prescott there was no searching required.  I rode for 3 hours, and never found a bad trail, or even a bad section of trail (http://connect.garmin.com/activity/175584080).  Here are a couple pictures of the sweet trails.

As you can see, the trails were all shaded, smooth, flowing singletrack, which are my favorite kind of trails.  Even with three hours of rolling through the woods, I didn’t hit all the trails, so I’m sure I’ll be back for more riding here this summer.

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