Anna Frost – Pre Hardrock Interview

This weekend Anna Frost takes on the one race that many Kiwi’s would love to attempt, The Hardrock100. Anna was lucky enough to be drawn from the lottery with just 1 ticket, but has been there a number of times to crew and pace. Here are a few of her thoughts going into it.
You’ve spent a lot of time this year and in previous years in Silverton and the San Juans. How cool is the place?
It is incredibly cool! The mountains are just huge…you can see the whole wide world from up there. They are brutal and beautiful…tough rocky scrambles to stunning wild flowers and animals. The mountains remind me how grateful I am to be able to move through them, to respect how precious life and the environment is, to appreciate every step we take. Flowers

Surprisingly (to me) you are tapering, what have you been up to? Is it driving you nuts?
Yes it is driving me nuts because I want to be exploring the mountains, but I have done a big block of training and was feeling the need to rest up! I have hung out with the Durango mechanics while they fix the porcupine eaten wires under my van, I have been learning to play the piano, making jewellery, eating AND sleeping. 

What is the one thing you’ve done that has given you confidence?
Being on the course helps a lot to visualise and get familiar with the course. It definitely helps with acclimatisation and I feel I am pretty good with that now. Because of the snow we haven’t been able to see the entire course but I just keep my fingers crossed that i remember where to go!   


Who is crewing you. i.e. Who gets to lecture you when it gets a bit tough?
Gavin McKenzie is taking me from Ouray – Telluride. I crewed/ran with him on his successful Nolans finish last year. 
Eric Skaggs is taking me from Telluride - KT. He is a fellow Salomon running buddie and incredible mountain runner.
Ron Braselton is bringing me home from KT. Awesome running buddy from Durango.
I heard a rumour that you’ve finally entered the Kepler Challenge. How much will I beat you by?
I have entered…and definitely waiting to see how I recover from HR and Nolans attempt before I commit totally to that race. But if I am there  Bixley…game on!
(edit: sounds to me like Frosty is sandbagging already)

About Mouth of the South

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Outspoken and opinionated- which is great cause we never have to guess what is on his mind. “The Mouth of the South” started his love of trail running with a 8hr+ Kepler in 2004. Since then he has run 220+km in 24hr while representing New Zealand and now has 5hr50, top 10 finish to his name. You can follow him HERE on his personal blog

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