I had a terrible day at the Mt. Evans race (3rd year in a row) and pretty much gave up early on, just marched it in for the sake of not quitting entirely and ultimately, I got to a point where the mountaineer in me just wanted my 30th summit of Mt. Evans no matter what it took.
During the race, I was intent on a post race write up, scripting in my head all the negative things I could complain about, but then figured there was nothing to benefit from it and it would just make me look like
Despite the poor race at Mt. Evans, I still feel like my underlying fitness, though definitely not my best is still good enough that I am optimistic that I can improve upon it enough to have a good race at Pikes and I look forward to that journey.
I have also been inundated with test shoes as of late (which always adds a boost of motivation) and one pair has really stood out, the Salomon Fellraiser.
Though billed as an entry level shoe ($110) and admittedly a touch on the heavy side (guessing ~10.5oz), I am quite impressed with the fit, comfort, cushion, protection, but most of all the crazy traction this shoe provides. I have never had a shoe stick so well on steep, loose terrain and I have found that the extra weight of this particular shoe is well worth the added benefits it provides. I know that Salomon makes lighter shoes with the same sole (which I would love to try), but wonder if they would provide the confidence inspiring protection this shoe has. Oh yeah, it has a 6mm drop and really looks sporty as well.
This tread grabs like velcro on the steep loose stuff. It sticks really good on rock as well, but not quite like a good Sportiva.