Lodge – It’s all about the adventure
Grand County, CO Colorado
Nancy Citriglia likes to go on adventures. Some of these include biking up Corona Pass and running a loop on the Continental Divide Trail.
Her racing resume is impressive, starting with Xterra races and then, in 2005, she finished Ironman Coeur d’Alene in 11 hours, 13 minutes.
Last year Nancy was the first female finisher at the Leadville Marathon with a time 4:37:55. The 26.2 mile trail run tops out at 13,185 feet on Mosquito Pass. Leadville is one of the toughest trail runs in the state: steep, rocky, and she placed first, an amazing accomplishment.
Nancy trains for all her races in Fraser and Winter Park. She moved to Fraser in 1999 and has been running and biking the trails in the Fraser Valley since. While training for Ironman Coeur d’Alene, her winter training included skate skiing 4-5 hours on the Elk Creek trails and loops on the cross country trail system at Devil’s Thumb. Since Coeur d’Alene is a June event, this was the only available alternative to getting in a long bike ride to prepare for the 112-mile bike segment of Ironman.
Now that she has been training and racing for several years, her philosophy is evolving. While still competitive at races and working out every day, Nancy says it is about pushing her body, having adventures, and mixing it up with biking and running.
She likes to race, but after years of competing and being frustrated with results, she is now racing for fun.
“I just like to be outside and want to continue to learn about racing, specifically how to eat right so I don’t bonk.”
She and her husband Eric run together as much as they can.
“He pushes me and I try to catch up.”
She will run an off-road marathon this summer and is considering running the Silverton Alpine in August, a 26.2-mile loop in the San Juan Mountains. The alpine course follows jeep roads through old mining towns and the high point is California Pass at 12,930 feet.
Her motto: “Go big or go home.”
She recommends beginning runners try trail running and to mix up the runs to keep it interesting.
“Do loops instead of out and back, brings friends, and go on many adventures.”
After talking to Nancy for an hour I am motivated to go big, really big. She radiates energy, and I am inspired to run instead of hike all the trails I like in Grand County. When the snow melts I am attempting her recommendation: Biking the Corona Pass road and running the Continental Divide; another outdoor adventure to look forward to with anticipation.
Nancy’s Pick for the best trail run this week: “At Winter Park Resort, run up Hughes to Parsenn Bowl. The mountain in the morning … just beautiful!”
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