In my mind there is one man to beat, and he goes by one name: Lucho.
Something that I have learned expressly from my parents and grandparents is that respect is essential. You must learn from those who come before you as well as those in your present. Lucho is both. When I was graduating high school, he was crushing IM events. He is crushing the mountains now.
While I've only met him once in person, I came away more than just a little impressed. There is only one way to describe his climbing: beastly. In that regard I returned to the place I learned my lesson from the man himself yesterday to work a Silver Rush specific workout. 2x Lookout Mountain. Up the road, down the trail. Workout was hard up, easy down, easy up, hard down.
I'm not much to speak of climbing, in fact the only above average skill I think I have is technical descending. I love it. My times on the drop were indicative of that, I ran over a minute faster on the 2 miles of rocky trail then the 1 mile of smooth pavement during the drop. This skill may be the only way I can stay close.
I'll be camping out with Lucho & Co. the night prior to SR so maybe some good vibes will flow my way! The real question now is... will he bust out a sweet visor and skin suit like this one?