Whats with the sandals??? Some call them Jesus Joggers. I actually enjoy wearing them because they put me in the Gladiator frame of mind. Yep.. Russell Crowe..Yessir.
Silly huh??? But I remember sitting in a motel on the eve of one of my previous Ironman's and watching the flick. I don't advocate beating the hell out of someone, or bludgeoning them to death... Of course not. But this just fired me up..Don't know any other way to describe it. So I am getting into that..."Let the battle begin" frame of mind. Sure, I will enjoy the atmosphere and try to have fun, but when I am racing I expect to be all business.
I know what its like to prepare so long for a race, but I have never had an event cancelled. One Pineman Ironman was altered due to excessive fog. Never swim in a lake in a fog!!!. But I have never had an event go bye bye and I really feel for the contestants at this years Western States 100. Due to fires out west, its been scrapped. That is really tough and I feel for all those who worked so hard to compete.
I interviewed Dr. Jack Andrish, a surgeon with the Cleveland Clinic as he was preparing to leave for Squaw Valley. He is amazing as are his son and daughter, who are both excellent runners. Dr. Jack was talking about the other-worldly feeling of battling Western States all day long and then for it to be somewhat of a mystical experience to be running alone all through the night. Great stuff. He had attempted 4 Western States 100's. He finished this one, just minutes under the cut-off and he finished another 9 minutes over the cut-off of 30 hours. 9 minutes over???
No buckle for you. Wow. Thats cold. Dr. Jack also had 2 DNF's. He is so passionate about ultra-running. I find myself leaning more and more toward trying an ultra. I will likely put a story on the air about him next week. Just fascinating talking to him.
Shout out to one of the best blogger and endurance athletes around.. Donald. Sorry WS100 did not happen. Best wishes on tackling the next big challenge. Keep writing that thoughtful, and entertaining blog. (CHECK OUT HIS BLOG HERE)