If you're lucky enough to be in the mountains, you are lucky enough.
When something bad happens, you have three choices: let it define you, let it destroy you, or let it strengthen you.
The purpose of life is to discover and develop your gift. The meaning of life comes from sharing your gift with others. - David Viscott
Tuesday, June 26, 2007
Against the blog name:)
So since I've got so much free time on my hands (and my legs), I've been a "smarty pants" with comments. I think it was my envy talking, but, oh, well. I am itching to get back to training. I think I might focus on shorter but faster runs next month for my prep to Cool 12 hr event (faster is a stretch at this point of my life, but still, may be I'll wear HRM?). One Gorge venture should remind me of uphill/downhill skill - I didn't suffer with either at Bighorn, so I am pretty confident I won't at CCC100 as well. I am actually really looking forward Cascade Crest!!!
On another hand, I had planned to jump into "two 100's on consecutive weekends" ordeal and hoped to get comp'd by Montrail on the entry to Grand Teton 100 RD'ed by Lisa and Jay Batchen - and wasn't as lucky as I dreamed. While it was still on a horizon, I was at least hopeful to use my free miles to fly there - and hey, don't think too long, those tickets were ready yesterday and gone today for any days around the event...now I am absolutely not sure if I want to spare a $1k for a race I have 50% chance to DNF at (OK, it's a bad idea to enter anything with a thought of DNF'ng, but lets be realistic). So unless something comes through in the next couple of days - like I get a ride from Boise (airfare to Boise is still affordable) and back - I am out. Sorry, Bobbie:( Gotta put it on the list for yet another year...
If all things consider I, indeed, don't make it to see Tetons this summer, I might jump in to Bear 100 at the end of September...or not. May be I should just take one day at a time and stop fidgeting while sitting still.
Summer is a great time of year, especially before the heat wave came. We are enjoying mild temps (I want to run!!!) and getting crazy with driving kids to all different places since there is no school. Stephen spent a week at the shore with some Russian community friends and then a weekend at the Warm Springs for a boxing match. Alex hasn't gotten any job offers so far (surprise, surprise) and with grumpy face drugs his butt (or rather we do that for him) to different volunteer spots. One day he stayed home - and it was trouble. It's like we have to hold his hand for the rest of his life? Any chance he can be 18 tomorrow?
My sister was operated last Tuesday and it went well, although much more was removed than anticipated - besides 8 sm of rectum they took out uterus and ovaries just in case, and she spent a few days in depression crying over her womanhood. She is feeling better now, started to eat. My family home had decided I shouldn't come yet and plan my visit for later with the kids, likely in the winter, as usual.
It was much fun to watch WS100 webcast over the weekend. The weather was very favorable, and many people had great times. Some, however, had to battle demons of such a long and hard race and lost. I feel very bad as I've been there, when the goal was beaming for 6 months or so and yet left not reached. Lucky those who accept things philosophical - I am really horrible at that, although I do learn many lessons from my failures. I hope everybody recovers quickly mentally and physically and gets back to trails (or roads) for more joy.
The Mt. Hood PCT 50/50 coming up in a month, and things are swirling. Now it's time to get on with food, AS supply, volunteer's assignments and so on. I am excited!
I promise to have more useful update next time, and for now - go out and run!