Well, it has almost been a year since I last posted on my blog. It has been pretty much uneventful since I last posted except for the fact that I got into the GRAND DADDY 100 MILER of them all---The Western States 100 Mile Endurance Run!!! Yep, they pulled my name out of the hat back in December of last year---only had about 17% chance of getting in. I couldn't believe it!! I actually was in tears when I found out.
When I last left you I said that Leadville was going to be my one and only 100 miler.....but.....after thinking about it some more I decided to throw my name in to Western States. I figured my chances are pretty low of getting in but if I was going to run another one it would be the premier 100 mile event of the country. So in October of last year in the 2 week window to get your name in the lottery I decided to go for it. 6 weeks later it was official....I was in.
So you would think I would have wrote about this earlier. You would think I would have had a count down. You would think that I would have wrote about Training Camp. No---I wanted to keep it simple. No distractions! Just train like I did for Leadville and I would be fine. Get that belt buckle and walk away. It never works out that way does it?!?!
Fast forward....Time to travel west for the race!!! The plan...fly into Vegas with Ed Payne one of the crew members and meet up with my best friend Brian and his wife Dawn (they live in Vegas). We flew in on Monday. On Tuesday Brian, Dawn, Ed, and myself did a rafting tour of Hoover Dam on the Colorado River. Also on Tuesday I had the opportunity to do a 15 minute radio interview with Frank Boal on WHB 810 Radio. It was a fun little gig on the show Spokes, Strokes, and Strides. We would leave for Lake Tahoe on Wednesday morning....a 10 + hour drive through the desolate Nevada landscape.