None of Joe Gray's fastest known times exceed 90 minutes. He recently set the FKT on Mount Antero. We asked him a few questions to understand his motivations. Not surprisingly for such a dominant racer, Joe's FKTs center around his racing goals. But will he tackle some longer classic routes in the future?
FKT: Has the floodgate been opened: are you going to tackle more Colorado 14'er FKTs from here on out?
JG: I will definitely attack a few more 14'ers, still gotta figure which ones!
FKT: What does it mean to you to get an FKT?
JG: For me they are good tests of your fitness. Getting an FKT can mean that you are ready to toe the line at a race.
FKT: What was the hardest FKT you've set? Why?
JG: The Manitou Springs Incline was the toughest. Halfway up I thought I was kaput. The trail gets steeper from there so I had to really battle mental negativity
FKT: You're known as a super fast runner in shorter distances; would you ever consider attempting a 5 or 10 hour long FKT? If so, which one inspires you?
JG: Yeah I would love to attempt a longer one as a fun adventure. I haven't pinpointed one yet. Give me some ideas!
Call for comments: knowing Joe's proclivity for short, high effort FKTs, what route would you want to see him attempt?