Low fog hung over Pine Valley Ranch Park on race morning, limiting visibility and causing some pre-race chills partially attributable to my nervousness. I chatted with Ryan Denison (50 mi) Blake Wageman (50k) and Alexis Hanks (50k) after picking up my bib, discussing the heavy hitters that would be out there and what we anticipated course conditions to be like. I ran into some patches of snow during a course preview run a couple of weeks prior, but fully expected things to be melted out.
"You show up to every race with the training you have, not the training you want... or something like that... whatever... it's mother flipping game time and I'm going to eat this (insert 4 lettered word) for breakfast. That didn’t sound right, wait, is that Tim Olson... ok keep breathing, it's just Tim Olson, he lives in Boulder, whatever... OMG HE SHOOK MY HAND!!! Today is going to be a good day!!!"
Our resident videographer, Nick Leuck, shot and edited some footage from Bighorn 2016 (with a little help from friends). Check it out!
The FRXC crew arrived in Wyoming in numbers to support, run, and party at the Bighorn Wild & Scenic Trail Run. Whether it was 100, 52, 32, 18, or no miles, the guys and gals were there to enjoy each other's company.
As I stood for the start of my first trail race I was excited and nervous, mostly nervous. The Race Director announced, “this year, out of all years, I am nervous. Please do not try to PR through this course. Oh and we added about a half mile to the course because the conditions were not safe”. Colorado was its crazy self and dropped over a foot of snow the previous week in mid-May which meant the trails there would be snowy, muddy, or slushy. I looked over at my boyfriend, Barrett who knows the trails much better than I and told me “you’ll be okay”.
Just two weeks after FRXC's Golden Shower 50k lived up to it's reputation by dumping loads of snow and causing some to consider cannibalism to stay alive, the Falcon Punch 50k turned out to have wintery weather ups and downs of it's own. But, what's a Colorado mid-spring fun run without a barrage of snow, and a few moments of contempt for the Front Range Weather Gods?!