Western States looks to be falling into place nicely.
My body is starting to adjust to the lack of oxygen up at high altitude. My resting heart rate has been over 50 pretty consistently as my body has been trying to adjust to the 7,500+ feet elevation that I've been at for the past 5 days. Yesterday though my heart rate began to come down and now today it's been as low as 42 most of the day. Should be very nicely adjusted by Saturday.
The weather has been really pleasant since I've been here. If the current forecast holds race day will be warm but not obnoxiously hot like it can be here this time of year.
The race will use a "snow route" between mile 9 and mile 24. We'll stay lower in that stretch and use 2 different aid stations than what we were supposed to. It sounds like we'll be running on a fair amount of snow the first 30 miles but being up here in the mountains around 8,000 feet for the past 5 days leads me to believe that by Saturday we won't be running on as much snow as many are projecting. There's pretty much no snow below 7,000 ft. and at 8,000 ft. right now there is only patchy snow in shaded areas. With another 4 days of sun I can't imagine there's going to be much more than the occasional patch of snow. Then again, the more snow the better as far as I'm concerned. I would imagine I've done more of my training on consolidated snow than anyone else who hopes to be running toward the front of the pack.
I'm staying in a hotel on the shores of Lake Tahoe tonight and then I'll be heading over to the Squaw Valley area tomorrow and looking for somewhere to camp for the next few nights. It's been weird having so much free time as I've had down here. I know that it's really important for me to be here right now, getting used to the climate and the altitude, but I've had so much idle time that it's been hard not to feel like I should be doing something more "productive" or more "busy." Probably by the end of this week I'll be adjusted to the free time and wish that I could stay here for another few weeks.