I am a girl who loves mountains, changing seasons, running, true backpacking, strong coffee, and knitting with high quality yarn.

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

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

End of year

Just as I thought I am done blogging for the year (and I had all the right excuses for it), Paul Charteris emails me with tagging questions. Then I see Rick and his Year 2007 review post, and I wonder, what if I combine the two?

1. Most memorable moment on the trail...pacing Adrien at SD 100 and hallucinating last 7 miles, scared if I have what it takes to bring him to his goal. I felt like I was making or breaking an Olympic team.

2. Best new trail I discovered in 2007...miles 93 to 96 of Bear 100, that insane psychopathic edge of the ridge path with no footing, sharp rocks and crazy bushes. I hated every minute spent on it (the whole hour plus) yet I loved it as soon as I realized what I had done. I am eager to go back and see if I can "pretend" to run some bits of it the way Karl flies over in the dark. That for toughness, when for the beauty the award goes to Bighorn 100 trails – just check out these pictures.

3. My best performance of the year was...Zane Grey 50. I didn't give up at mile 3 when got injured and hobbled for the next 20 miles, was able to recoup and kick ass last stretch. That flying downhill on loose dirt with rocks was phenomenal.

4. I do not know how I previously survived without...running skirt. OK, I know, it is lame and all, not really necessary, but when I finally did buy it - I felt so girly and loved it! Now I drag it everywhere. I wish they had as many pockets as my RaceReady shorts do, as I am yet to make a decision to wear the skirt for a 100.

5. The person I would most like to meet on a trail in 2008...Ann Trason. If I have heroes, she is it. I never had an opportunity to meet her - my first WS100 was when she didn't come due to injury, I signed up for Firetrails 50 (she RD’s) yet couldn't come...I am sure if I do bump into her on trails, I will freeze to death, but if we for some weird reason end up spending some 30 min together, we probably wouldn't stop talking. And my favorite quote that I use all the time when asked about long races by normal people is from her story on WS: I don't run a 100 miler, I run from AS to AS, and then it is from a tree to a tree. I also loved the "miles to life" comparison: when you start the race, you are a toddler, walking still slow and wobbly, then you are a teen (at miles 12-20), thinking you can concur the world, then an adult going through full-minded, then getting a little old and tired, and at mile 80, when beat up and in pain, don't you think you should be, because you are 80 years old now? (the words are NOT exact, just by memory).

6. The race I am most excited/scared about in 2008 is...I don't know yet. I am planning on a few new courses, so that's exciting, I am also going for a Bighorn 100 repeat, and it's a bit daunting because I have a score to settle...but what will really kick my emotional pants is if I get into Hardrock 100 - then watch out for my crying big time, both from been excited and scared:)

Blog tagging…
Blogger 1 Carilyn
Blogger 2 Sean
Blogger 3 Bryon

A short look back - best stories (not all) of racing, running, volunteering...(results are on the side bar link)
Chuckanut 50k
Rumble 60k
Zane Grey 50
Silver State 50
Bighorn 100
PCT 50/50
Cool night 12 hr
Waldo 100k
CCC 100
Teton races
Bear 100
SD 100

Until new adventures...


Trail Goat said...

Blog tag? Does that mean I'm supposed to respond to these questions? If so, I'll see what I can do.

Sarah said...

I'm loving the skirts too. I bought the inspiration in Sept for my b-day. I like the inspiration best but bought the commitment for the pockets (and as my reward for Autumn Leaves.)

I think you're gonna have an awesome 2008! : )

robtherunner said...

Until next year..Happy Holidays!

Donald said...

You've had an awesome year, Olga. Good luck with the Hardrock application - you know you want it!

Lisa Smith-Batchen said...

safe travels and enjoy your family


Anonymous said...

Веселого Рождества!

(I hope I wished you a Merry Christmas and didn't inadvertently call you a smelly old goat or something.)


angie's pink fuzzy said...

what a great post! i love it!

Backofpack said...

Love that miles to life comparison! Great post Olga.

Journey to a Centum said...


AnthonyP said...

Olga -

What a great year ! Meeting you at GTR 100 was one of the most memorable parts of my 2007. Best wishes to you and your family for a great 2008. Hope to see you again soon.

rick said...

That's a pretty shot of the Bighorn course right before we went down the "@#$!* Wall" it was bad both ways, coming down with the water through the mud, coming against it going back up with clean back up shoes on our backs.

Nice summary. Here's to more adventures in the future...

bushwhacker said...

I love the Miles to Life comparision. That is so true. I wish it wasn't but you don't always get out of life what you would like.

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