When something bad happens, you have three choices: let it define you, let it destroy you, or let it strengthen you.
The heart of the difference is not ability or even talent, but desire
The purpose of life is to discover and develop your gift. The meaning of life comes from sharing your gift with others. - David Viscott
Monday, July 23, 2007
A glance at a weekend:
Vermont 100 picks:
Andy J-W, Glen Redpath, Jim Kerby, Greg Loomis, Todd Walker. Dona Utakis, Laura Bleakley, Ronda Sundermeier, Julie Berg. A few more friends I'll be watching: Andy Kumeda with Slam progression and Jamie Anderson for the first 100. Plus NE homies:)
Tahoe Rim Trail 100 picks:
Jasper Halekas, Jeff Riley, Sean Meissner, Eric Clifton. Sue Johnston, Kim Gimenez, Kathy D'Onofrio, Molly Zurn. Plus folks for 50M and 50k (in 50k I almost don't doubt Michelle Barton to come out a winner). Scott Dunlap is running his first 100M.
VT100 results: Andy won (ha!) with Jim next. Greg Loomis had problems and was further back under 24. Todd placed 4th. Both Dona and Laura dropped (went out fast?), and shame on me, I don't know the names of first 3 ladies (Mary Churchill, Lori Lebel, Elizabeth Carrion - especially shame as the winner is on Montrail team), but Ronda was 4th in 21:36! Julie Berg seems to be battling the 24 and finished in 24:40. Andy Kumeda squeeked under 24 by 3 minutes!! Jamie finished first 100 in 22 and change! OK, these are my personal congrats to:)
TRT100 results: none official posted yet, but Jasper broke his own record and ran in 18:16. Molly Zurn won over Kim Gimenez. Where is Sue? Kathy had stomach trouble and was found by bike patrol at mile 65. Ouch! Scott Dunlap was on pace for 23:30, but fell and did a damage to his knee at mile 94, after what hobbled to the finish in 25:13. More to follow once I hear it.
Badwater in progress!!! Follow here. Akos Konya went through 17 miles in 2:11!! There was a mistake on David Goggins leading in 1:27 - scared the socks out of me (I mean, too fast, impossible for BW). These were my predictions from some time ago:
1. Valmir Nunes 25: 07:32
2.Akos Konya 25:31:20
3.Anton Millar 26:26:45
4. Dean Karnazes 27:05:0
5. Charlie Engle 28:36:10
1. Tracy Thomas 30:56:30
2. Anne Langstaff 31:25:00
3. Jamie Donaldson 32:35:00
4. Lisa Bliss 34:06:25 (go, Lisa!)
5. Lisa Smith-Batchen 36:15:00 (just because she'll double the course and needs to save herself)
I'll add on updates on my friends and front runners as it goes.
P.s. Of course somehow I missed Jorje Pacheco on the lsit of runners, so I can't officially add him up to the circle outlined (the rules of the BW prediction game) - but he is the one I wish the most best to amongst men.
The week is going crazy, lots of work, need to put miles till Friday, staffed goodie bags yesterday with Stephen, shopping for PCT race Friday and going to set up camps/aid stations/markings...oh, yeah, a hair appointment today and massage Wed. Breathe!