Name: Colleen Ihnken
Home Base: Alma, CO
Occupation: Nurse Practitioner
Years on Atlas Racing: 6
Darn it all, I AM competitive! This creates some stress at home as I am a new-ish mom, (my son Tarn is 17 months now), and at 43 I still think I can do it all. Basically, I love racing. I love how it challenges me, but most of all I think it is the camaraderie that I enjoy the most. At any given event I feel as if I am with my extended family. That said I am particular about the events I prefer - grassroots, freakin' tough, SCENIC, challenging courses.
That's what I adore about snowshoe racing. It is all of the above. I can remember my first race. Seems I spent most of my time face down in the snow trying to disentangle myself (from myself) and when not face down, sliding down. But I was hooked. I loved the challenge and man is it an aerobic workout! Egad!
I love being out in the woods, hopping over logs, crossing streams, ricocheting off trees on a steep downhill, watching my dogs get face shots. I also enjoy that snowshoeing is a sport for any and all. When friends and family come to town it's easy for me to strap them into a pair, strap Tarn onto my back and head out into the woods. I support my habit by working as a Nurse Practitioner in Fairplay, Colorado along with moonlighting in the Emergency Room in Frisco, Colorado.
Race more. I would also like to do the National Championships. I qualified last year but didn't think the course suited me. This year in Colorado, hopefully the race will consist of plenty of stump jumping, butt sliding and single track.