Well, here we are. We’ve begun packing the trailer and there are 7 days till our adventure to Zion begins. There is no turning back now. The training is done and its time to let the chips fall where they may…
This has been such an amazing experience and I have had so many people involved along the way. I’m not going to turn this into an endless thank you post. (We’ll save that for after its complete) But I just thought it was important to mention. Because if you plan on taking on something like this it takes a lot of effort from your family and friends to pull it off. Its not easy to block out 3,6,and 12 hour runs and its important to make sure you’ve got a good team supporting you. And I could go on for ever about what my wife has had to put up with. I can’t thank her enough for everything she’s done to help make this happen.
So here we go. The last week before leaving. Busy buttoning up work and making my lists of what we will need to make sure we bring. I’m going to treat it the same way I did training and just do what feels right. I read a handful of books on ultra marathons and everyone does it different. So, I imagine everyone shows up with all kinds of random stuff. I’m just going to keep it simple and throw one foot in front of the other till they tell me I’m done. I’ve got a crew coming to help me Family coming to motivate and support me, and my mind set to get this done and get my belt buckle.
Ive learned a lot from this experience. What works and more of what doesn’t. I’ve made plenty of mistakes along the way. But most important I’ve learned that you really can do anything that your willing to put in the work for. I highly recommend you try something you think is above your capability. Even if you fail, you’ll probably raise the level of what success means to you. I can tell you, running a marathon would have been a worthwhile goal for me when I started. But, the fact that my goal was to run 100 miles my first marathon was not that hard to accomplish.
I think most importantly though. I’ve watched my oldest son (Tommy, who’s 6) pay attention to what I’m doing and apply some of the same principles in his life. Even at 6 I’ve seen him challenge his own ideas about what he is capable of. And that has already made this all worth it.
So my friends, we are getting close to heading out on our big adventure to Zion. I’ll be sure to post updates and will certainly post pictures and updates on the trip and of coarse.. From The Finish Line!