This month we feature long-time Truckee local Carol Lindsay in our Member Highlight. You may have seen Carol working late into the night at the finish line of the Castle Peak 100k, where Carol has volunteered as Medical Director for the past two years. Carol is a wonderful ambassador for our sport, an inspiration to many, and as a Nurse Practitioner (and volunteer at races) she takes care of many of us on a regular basis. We hope you enjoy getting to know her better.
Where are you from, and how long have you been in Truckee?
My father was in the Air Force so we moved around a lot as a kid. I lived in Alaska, Hawaii, Illinois, Texas, Virginia, the Azores, and of course, California.
I’ve currently lived in Truckee for 30 years. I met my husband, Paco when I moved to Truckee and we have been married for 28 years.
When did you begin running and why?
I started running in Chico where I went to school for my undergraduate degree in Nursing. I started running in Bidwell Park and instantly fell in love with the sport. I did the Bidwell Classic 1/2 marathon every year since moving there in 1978 until I left in 1986. I consistently won my age group. My fastest half marathon was 1:30 hours. After I graduated from Chico State I worked in the Emergency Department at Enloe Hospital as a flight nurse on a helicopter.
Do you do any other sports?
When I moved to Truckee, running was challenging so I began to cross country ski in the winters. I, of course, immediately fell in love with that sport, and I’ve skied the Great Ski Race almost every year since moving to Truckee except for the drought years (maybe 25 times?) I’ve skied it anywhere from 1:30 hours and 5th woman overall to as long as 3 hours the first year I raced it. I think I learned to ski that first year. It was either figure out how to be efficient or spend the night out there!
I saw my first mountain bike in Chico and immediately decided it was another great adventure. My first bike didn’t have any shocks, just fat tires. I met Paco when I walked into his bike shop behind Alpenglow in downtown Truckee and asked if I could leave my bike there while I walked downtown.
Paco and I have ridden our road and mountain bikes a lot since then including 4 trips to Europe and taking part in a citizen race that is a stage of the Tour de France. There are usually 8000 participants and only 350-500 women. The route is usually anywhere from 100-120 miles and 10-15,000 ft of climbing.
Tell us about some of your running experiences over the years.
In the summers my best friend Bev Lynch and I began to run the trails in the area probably starting as far back as 1986. We ran the ridge from Sugar Bowl to Squaw many times before we even figured out how to hydrate. I remember being so thirsty one time I drank out of the creek! Thank goodness I didn’t get sick. We finally bought fanny packs to put water bottles in and then – Camelback invented the hydration pack. We thought (and still do) it was the best invention ever. We ate PBJ sandwiches, Power bars (the first portable bars) and drank Gatorade. My favorite trail is still Sugar Bowl to Squaw and my favorite trail food is still PBJ sandwiches.
We never saw anyone else out there running the trails in the early years. We ran both sides of Hwy 80 on the PCT, and to Paradise Lake many times. I ran with my first dog, Husky, then Lakota, Sitka, Sonora and now Shasta. The best running partners ever.
Running has always been my passion. I ran my first marathon in 1983 (San Francisco Marathon) at the age of 31 and have run 8 since, including SF again at the age of 60. I’ve run many shorter races but never more than 26.2 miles. I would like to run another 30k and maybe even a 50k race this year. The DPMR are inspiring!
What do you do for a living?
I worked as a Nurse in the Emergency Department at Tahoe Forest Hospital from 1986 until I went back to school for my Masters degree as a Nurse Practitioner in 1992. I’ve worked as a Nurse Practitioner for the past 23 year at Truckee-Tahoe Medical Group.
What was your favorite DPMR experience?
By far my favorite DPMR and volunteer experience is the Castle Peak 100k. I have been the Medical Director for the past 2 years and have loved the entire experience. I totally admire the runners who do the race even over the Palisades in the dark! My craziest medic experience is a runner who finished the race with a dislocated shoulder even while insisting he was “fine”. You ultrarunners are crazy!
How do you find time to train?
I get up out of bed in the dark and run or ski before work; ride my bike to work in the summer, go to the gym and run on a treadmill, or snowshoe behind our house with the dog. Life is good