Did the Top Notch Triathlon in Franconia Notch, New Hampshire this past weekend (official race results http://coolrunning.com/results/10/nh/Aug7_TopNot_set1.shtml). This is a very cool race with an unconventional format and unforgettable scenery. For starters it's a trail race. It is also a bike/swim/runnish-hike-thing race so the order is a bit different. It's very loosly structured...kind of a local yocal race with no rules. But, that's also what makes it so much fun. It also has CRAZY elevation gain compared to most races...somewhere in the order of 3000 vertical feet that take you from the base of the valley to the top of Cannon Mountain! Just for fun I included the elevation charts for the race below. Overall this was a very fun, laid-back and challenging race. I didn't do as well as I had hoped, had some crazy leg cramping issues to deal with, but I can't wait to go back and do this again next year. Seriously...how often do you get to run up a ski mountain?!?!