“I’m signed up to run the Ouray 100 in July. Why don’t you join me? It’d be great training for Nolan’s 14, and allow us to log some proper mileage together.”
My friend Mercedes is sitting across a small wobbly table from me at Boulder’s Red Rock Coffeehouse. She is looking for a partner to attempt Nolan’s 14, the famed Sawatch peak bagger’s ultra linkup, which only three women have completed since the challenge was conceived by Jim Nolan and Fred Vance in the 1990s. I know that Nolan’s is an extremely ambitious goal, and I am hesitant to commit - but I am also intrigued.