Prior to the Collegiate Trail Loop (CTL) FKT, I’d hesitated to set any future FKT attempts in stone. I didn’t know how the CTL attempt would go – could I really could do this FKT thing? – and I didn’t want to keep writing checks if my body couldn’t cash them. I also knew that post-event depression would be real, so planning the next big thing would be the best way for me to channel some of my restless energy. Despite my fears, even during the attempt, I knew that I wanted to attempt to set another speed record, so my focus was on finding the right trail in the right place. My next academic break came in December, so I needed to find a trail located in temperate climate. I also didn’t want to go much further in distance than the CTL (161 miles), and I wanted the established record to seem beatable but pose a significant challenge. I don’t have the time over break to travel overseas, recover from jet lag, and then attempt a speed record, so I wanted it to be located in the Americas.
With those conditions in mind, it was less than a week after I finished the Collegiate Trail Loop FKT that I texted Kris, “I think I know what I want my next FKT to be – El Camino de Costa Rica. And with that decided, I’m going to bed.” Read more >>