Pass me a big cup of “what the hell was I thinking?”
I picked the Big Horn 100 for two reasons. One, it is held on the weekend after my 40th birthday and two- because everyone told me how beautiful it was.
I have since learned a few things that maybe I should have taken a look at sooner:
1. This race starts at 11:00 am. Whose idea was that? Everyone runs through the night, even though there is a high probability that no one will get a good night’s sleep the night before.
2. According to the new website “this race is extremely challenging due to the rugged terrain of the Bighorn Mountains. The course, an out-and-back, is at elevations of about 10,000 feet.”
3. Due to enormous amounts of snow, they may have to re-route the course so we don’t sink waist deep in snow at the top.
4. Yet…. most of the race is out in the open, and it could be hot during the day.
5. My estimated time to finish this race is about 32 hours- 9 hours longer than it took me to do Rocky.
As the race draws near, I continue to question this challenge that I have chosen for myself, but the answer always comes back “would you have it any other way?”
Why am I doing this? Because I can.