Dear Barr Trail,
Since we spend so much time together, I felt the need to be frank.
First, I want to get a few things off my chest.
You haven’t always been very kind to me. Remember when you tripped me, throwing me to the ground like a rag doll when I was running at full speed? Yeah, it’s been a few years, but I still remember. Don’t deny it because I took pictures of the bloody wound embedded with pebbles. And definitely don’t deny it because I still have a nasty scar on my knee to prove what you did to me.
Our relationship has also taken an emotional toll. It didn’t start out that way, you know. When I first started doing the Incline, the downhill trip was, for the most part, smooth and relatively easy. That’s the way I like all my other relationships. But since I’ve gotten to know a different side of you – the uphill side – the relationship has been more challenging. Way, way more challenging. The mental preparation can be exhausting.
Hey, don’t get down. There have been a lot of good times, too. There’s no denying you’ve always there for me. You’ve always listened to what I have to say. You’ve never said bad things about me. You’ve connected me with new friends. And in all those countless hours together, you’ve given me fresh air to breathe and stunning scenery to see. What a gift. Oh! And how could I forget? You’re helping me burn the spare tire around my waist. When it’s all gone, I’ll be forever in debt.
Which brings me to the purpose of this letter.
I need a favor. A big favor. The kind of favor you can only ask a friend.
You see, Saturday is the Ascent. Yeah, can you believe it? It’s finally here. Anyway, here’s what I was hoping: Will you please look out for me? All I’m asking is that you make sure I get all the way to the top of Pikes Peak. It wouldn’t hurt if you could help me do it in a relatively good time. As you know, this is my first time on this journey and I feel I’ve invested a lot of hours – or maybe it wasn’t enough – to get to the top at a decent time. But hey, as long I cross the finish line, I’ll be happy. So, that’s all I’m asking. Please guide me all the way to the top.
Well, friend, I’m headed out the door for a little rest and relaxation before the big day. I’ll see you Saturday.