So today I’m headed to Sheridan, WY and the Bighorn mountains to undertake the Bighorn 100. My training has been minimal, but it has involved a high percentage of miles with the added benefit of pushing 2 babies in the Chariot stroller.
I don’t have a pace chart. I have no pacer. I have no crew. I have yet to figure out drop bags, etc. I got a great course briefing from a friend who’s run it before and a few solid pep talks from my friend and TNF teammate Diane Van Deren. I’m not a huge planner in the first place, but I am going into this adventure with a new level of lack of planning. This is by no means to say that I don’t care about the race. I definitely do and I hope to do well. I simply have no real reason to expect it. My main goal for this race is to have fun, and enjoy a spectacular long run mountain adventure through some ridiculously gorgeous terrain, and if that results in a good time on the clock- cool.
For the past year or so I’ve grown and shaved a large mustache for any big races I had, and I’m continuing that tradition this weekend. I do this in celebration of the running spirit that Prefontaine embodied. I plan to run Bighorn in a similar fashion. Many would call it stupid. I call it fun and for the love of the sport. I’m going to run hard from the start and just see what happens. Hopefully it comes down to a “pure guts race” (as most 100’s tend to), and this weekend’s race for me is all about having fun in the mountain playground I love. Go Pre!
Good luck, enjoy your time. If you are back by Sunday I see that the Counter will give you a free burger just for being a dad. Might as well get something out of the whole fatherhood thing...
Go Sam! Doing an epic ride myself this weekend. Wish I could ride up and support you. Maybe Leadville?
Nice- thanks Greg! I've been wanting to try that joint- burger time at the Counter for Father's Day will definitely happen. I'm back Sunday early afternoon.
Jeff- thanks man. Get after it this weekend too- enjoy the ride and hope the weather's great. Yeah, we'll hook up for something sometime for sure. I gotta get back to CO soon!
Great to meet you, Sam... Next year to finish what I started...
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