A bend in the road is not the end of the road unless you fail to make the turn....

It's gonna get harder before it gets easier. But it will get better, you just gotta make it through the hard stuff first.

Saturday, July 18, 2009

An out of this world experience


"Our next finisher, in 46:09, will be doing research on space-time continuum for Hardrock 100..."

Yup, that's right. Because, when I finally planted that kiss on The Rock, it seemed all that happened in the past 2 days didn't happen to me, didn't happen just now and didn't happen here. After sleep-walking for the last 2+ hours I was pretty drained of any emotions, and it was like looking from above on all the happenings in a faze...

Hardrock 100 was all I imagined it to be and then some. I would love to tell you the story. As I was driving back, everything moved so far away, and became even more vague. It took me another 2 days to realize it was real, I made it, and the dream I had become a reality, yet still like a dream. May be this is how Hardrock is. A Dream. More than anything else. An experience. And not even simply because of how tough it is, or how beautiful, or how special the people are around it. San Juans, strung together in a single 100 miles of push is truly special and divine. I am blessed to have shared it with so many...

One day, I hope, I find time (and computer - which I don't have at home, and I quit my job now) to say more. I don't want to waste empty words without fully describing these mountains and these people, all the thoughts and revelations. Hardrock 100 deserves so much more. With over 300 photos to download it might - just might - express a tiny bit of emotions. For now - I am extremely happy and satisfied and wouldn't want to take anything back, from marking course days, dear friends, Larry's support, good and ugly, race and walk, smiles and tears...without it all I wouldn't be who I am, and I kind of like who that person is:)

31 comments:

  1. Wow Olga! Congratulations on achieving your dream, and on completing a long and arduous race!

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  2. I was watchin' your progress - WAY TO DO IT!

    I can't wait to read all about your adventure.

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  3. Congrats!! I was watching your progress too.

    Some things are so special they can't be put into words, but are tucked away in our heart and soul. And you definitely have heart and more! : )

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  4. Congrats on the finish. Glad to hear you had the expierience of a lifetime.

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  5. You rock!!! I can't wait to see pictures and read more.

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  6. Awesome! Looking forward to the pix!

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  7. Nice work, Olga! Sounds like it was a fantastic run on many levels.

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  8. We were following the updates online. Congratulations on your hard fought finish and the fulfillment of a dream race.

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  9. Sounds like you had a really outstanding experience.

    Being a Hardrock finisher is special. Congratulations!

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  10. Olga, you rock! 46 hours! Congratulations!!! I hope we will have a chance to read a more detailed recap from this race. I bet this one should be special. Did you take any naps at all during these 46 hours?

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  11. Never a doubt in my mind you would kiss the rock! :)

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  12. Bigest congrats on a wonderful journey! Now on to Texas ;)

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  13. Congrats Olga! I never thought I'd be saying 'I want to run Hardrock' but reading your report and others has me ready to throw my name into the lottery. Enjoy the recovery. I hope to see you out there someday.

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  14. Glad you didn't crack your teeth! : )
    Congrats on your proud finish.

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  15. You Hardrocker, you! Olga, I am SO proud of you ! Cheers to you! A deep soul heartfelt congratulations to you :)

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  16. Super congrats Olga! I am so happy for you...you fought for every step and stride!!

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  17. Olga, Congrats! Sounds just incredible and I can't wait to hear more. And how could you not kind of like the person you are? You are just so funny sometimes and yes, extremely likeable!

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  18. Enjoyed watching you slug it out and never doubted you'd finish. You were very steady and strong, except for Grouse to Ouray (which you blew away as if flat ground).

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  19. Yay Olga!!! You are so hardcore. That is awesome! I can't wait to hear more about it.
    Yup, we like who you are too. :)

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  20. Wow!

    Make that WOW!!!

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  21. Awesome job, Olga! I saw your name on a finisher list and I was so happy for you. You deserve it. Rest up, enjoy your accomplishment, and fill us in on the details whenever you can.

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  22. Fantastic run, Olga! Wow!

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  23. You rock Olga!! What a joy to spend time with you and get to know you better! Congratulations on kissing the Hardrock! I'll send photo's.
    can't wait to do it again!
    Love, Beth

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  24. Olga. Olga? Olga!!! Whoa! Wow! Yowza! Whippeeee! Fanfuckingtastic! You ROCKED Hardrock! I will bow humbly to you now. Love it. Just love it. Congratulations!

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  25. What a beautiful experience and told with such a human touch. I really like the way you've conveyed this, it sounds like a wonderful journey :)

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  26. Congrats, Olga. We're really happy for you.

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  27. Welcome to the club, Hardrocker!

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  28. Nice! Congrats on finishing the hardest mountain race in the world. You are tough as nails.

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  29. Olga I love it when dreams come true! Congrats on a Hardrock finish. Savor it forever.

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