Another challenge she had was with altitude training. She lives at 384 feet above sea level. A big change from the mountains in Colorado, the she hopped the heat and humidity would make up for her lack of altitude training. Race day will be the test to see how her body reacts to altitude and she’s excited to test her body against high altitude, mountain conditions.
Jacky will be the first amputee running Transrockies, although a few other amputee runners have taken on other stage races. What makes stage races more difficult for amputees are that they struggle more with recovery after each stage. Her stump always takes a beating on long runs and the terrain makes it more difficult for the blade to run on. There is potential for so many other things to go wrong on top of what “normal” runners go through so Jacky always brings duct tape just in case.
Jacky is super excited to take on TransRockies, especially because of its nickname “summer camp for big kids.” Fellow adventurous runners and the views are two of the things that she is really excited about. In addition, a race like this gets her closer to her dream of running Western States 100 someday.
Jacky has been doing a lot of research about the TransRockies and stage races and she has spoken to many people to pick their brains for advice, but what is most important to Jacky is planning and nutrition as they go hand in hand. “You have to make sure that you know exactly what you are going to eat and drink, because you don’t want to fall behind with your nutrition. Every day affects the performance of the next day so you need to plan your meals and hydration properly.”