Am I nervous? Yes, but mostly regarding the things I cannot control. Mechanical, weather and the other factors that can shut down a racing season. The difference with nerves and the LEADMAN Challenge is the fact that we race on 6 separate days over the next 9 weeks.
50 mile Mtn Bike,
50 mile Trail Run,
100 mile Mtn Bike,
10k Run and
100 mile Trail run...
How do really ever calm down?
After tomorrow, "one" down and "five" to go does not ease the anxiety. That damn 100 mile run looms overhead and completely overwhelms any positive vibe on a good training effort or race performance. But I signed up for this!
|Nicole and the boys in Telluride!|
|Jared & I on top of Grays Peak 14er...windy!|
|Heath & I after 14er Pikes Peak Ascent 2011.|
The other training buddies for this ramp up have been great in their support. Thanks to Jeff Koski, Taylor Fenn, Pat Sullivan, Rob Kosick, Patrick Garcia, Paul Landry, Will Johnson and Jason Tischer. Awesome guys!
Lastly, the guys at Addaero have been ridiculous. Their belief in my abilities and what I am trying to accomplish, illustrates to me that there can be a long life to my plan. Thanks Kevin, Josh and Wade!
I am really excited to meet the other Leadman competitors, hear their stories and create some awesome memories together. These will be my brethren for the rest of the summer and the only other people that will understand the real pain and suffering. This event can only be defined as a competition with yourself, fighting back the demons in your head to persevere to the end. Let's get after this and stay healthy.