I felt such a calmness as I stood atop Horsetooth Rock this morning. Fort Collins sitting below me in a frozen quietness. The first light of the day exposing the glorious snow-covered Front Range. I often like to pause and spend a few moments soaking it all in and thinking about how lucky I am to enjoy these Colorado mountains on my well-travelled feet. The Hardrock lottery would be later in the morning and while I was hoping this would be the year, I told myself I really can't be disappointed if the outcome didn't go in my favor. These Colorado mountains would still be here for me to enjoy regardless. Well, as it turns out, I am #4 on the wait list. I will be in Silverton on July 13, 2012, ready for the experience of a lifetime.
Enjoy a few pics from the morning. Trail conditions will be a little different this year for Chubby Cheeks, but really just an excuse to run a little slower and take in the awesome scenery. At least no one should have to break trail by Saturday (I took care of a fair amount of that this morning).
Fort Collins is going "ultra" on May 12, 2012 (should be snow-free). Registration for the Quad Rock 50 (and 25-mile option) opens this Wednesday, December 7.
|Audra Culver Trail|
|Mill Creek Trail|
|Getting the legs "Hardrock-ready"|