Some people never learn: Running at 6,000 feet altitude isn't easy for a sea level city girl. Luckily, I entered the 10 mile race, not the marathon or 50K, so I kept the suffering to a minimum. I did the same event two years ago with a time of 1:37. This year was 1:32 which was good enough for 1st place female and 3rd place overall. I was pleased considering I played a hockey game the night before and got about two hours of sleep. There was a grueling three mile climb at the start with lots of sand. Miles 5-7 had some speedy downhills, but every now and then, a patch of soft sand would interrupt an otherwise nice steady pace: "left, right, left, rrrrrriiiiiiiiigght... left, right." It was almost as comical as inadvertently swallowing herds of mosquitos. My theory on why I didn't bonk: the mosquitos must have been full of GU and Cytomax that they injested from sucking on other runners' blood.