Ranch Trail Loop Prepares Saxon Panchik for the “Unknown and Unknowable,” and 2021 Season

March 29, 2021 by
Photo Credit: Dave Castro (https://www.instagram.com/thedavecastro/)

Before Stage Two of the 2020 CrossFit Games, Saxon Panchik and the Demo Team tested out the grueling Trail Loop designed by Dave Castro.

Panchik took on the three-mile run with Castro’s cruel twist (requiring athletes to immediately run the course in reverse) multiple times, and he took away an important lesson in mental fortitude. 

Remind me: Panchik, Chandler Smith, and Danielle Brandon were testing out the trail run in Aromas before Stage 2 of the 2020 CrossFit Games. Panchik had already learned about Castro’s “secret” during a previous trip with three other demo team members. However, he didn’t share this information with Smith or Brandon. He let them discover that the three-mile run was actually twice as long on their own. 

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