Samantha Blair eyed the quickly rolling tires of the lead bike.
Six minutes into the race and that was all she had for competition.
Behind her was an abyss that stretched beyond what the eye could see. But in front of her, well, she had the lead bike to chase.
And so it goes.
The Eagle Valley senior made absolutely no contest of Saturday's Windjammer Invitational in Englewood. From the opening strides over thick wet grass and mud, to the three paved loops that circled Englewood High, it was all Blair.
She stormed off and away to the first big victory of her season. And it wasn't just about winning, it was also about running fast.
Blair dropped the second-fastest time ever run on the course - an 18:13 clocking.
Add that the course has only seen 15 sub-19 performances over the past decade.
While Blair torched the course, the embers had some time to cool before anyone else had to race over them. They had about a minute-and-a-half in fact.
Jordan Neifert came up with a monster performance, running a Colorado personal best of 19:43. Neifert's finish gave Eagle Valley the most coveted of 1-2 punches - the literal 1-2 punch.
As the individual race was wrapped up before the mile, all eyes shifted towards the team race.