With 175 days left till The Zion100 I’ve been busy working on the logistics that go into completing an event like this. The race will take me over 24 hours to compete. Not exactly something you just knock out your self. Ive put together a crew to assist with things like dropping off food, clothes, med supplies, etc. I’ve got 2 pacers (My wife and good friend Tim Wambach) that will help me make it through those last fifty miles. I made a decision to have my kids (Tommy 6 and Bruce that will have just turned 2) come with us so I have to have someone there to take care of them during the race. It is important to me for my kids to be a part of this but they take a crew for themselves. And of course we have to pay for all of this. Airfare and lodging for half a dozen people so I am working with Tim to go after sponsors to cut down on the cost and building a web page to sell merchandise. My goal from the start was to figure out a way to do this without it coming out of the family budget. That creates a bit of a challenge in its self but I see it as an opportunity to share the story and increase my chance of making an impact on anyone that needed a eye opener like I did to get off their ass and go after bigger goals. This has not just been about me taking on a big run. I decided to accomplish something that I truly thought I could not do and really want to share this experience with as many people as possible. It has meant a lot to have people following this blog. I’m sure by now those that have been following this for a while have found out, I’m no website developer. But, I imagine by the time we reach Zion I’ll have learned a thing or two about building a blog site that is worthwhile. A big thing I’ve learned is that there is a lot of unexpected things you learn when you set goals that are bigger than you. I think that’s been the lesson for me here. Set your goal, figure out how to get there, and then put your effort into the task in front of your face. My real estate coach Joshua Smith taught my to look at what you need to do vertically instead of horizontally. Meaning, put it all in a stack and just worry about what is right at the top. Looking back, I am amazed at what I’ve done over the last 4 months. Its just one thing at a time. Do what is right in front of you. And take the time to reflect on what you what you have do, make any adjustments to your plans you need to, and Execute. Go get it done. When I started I couldn’t run 5 miles without a lot of walking and pain. Now, 25 miles is a not too difficult of a distance. Would I make it a hundred right now. Not a chance. But I don’t have to yet. I just have to make it 30 miles. And then 40, and so on.
There is definitely no turning back at this point. We are signed up and heading to Zion!