The Calm Before The Storm

I am praying that the title of this post is a figurative statement and not literal. The “trail ultramarathon in a monsoon” is in my “Been There/Done That” category.  But I am also not delusional enough to assume it will be perfect weather. Prepare for the worst and hope for the best.

To say my training for this race has been less than ideal would be an understatement. It is one of those scenarios where life jumped up and said I have other plans for you. So I did the best I could with what I had. And tomorrow, I will do the best I can with what I have.

Am I afraid? Yes.

  • I am afraid that the girl from the movie “The Ring” is still hiding under my bed.
  • I am afraid that if I do not go to sleep with the sheets over my neck, then the deal I made with the vampires as a kid would become null and void.
  • I am afraid when the phone rings after about 9:30 PM because I never receive good news after that time.
  • I am afraid that I will give everything I have and it will still not be enough.

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Am I afraid about the race tomorrow?  Nah. The worst thing that could happen would be if I got injured or hurt and had to quit. All the rest of it….the pain, the fatigue, the cramps…..well, that’s just part of the fun.

My goal is simple: keep moving forward, smile as much as I can, and enjoy the scenery.

By the way, I have set up my website to automatically post blogs during the race. I do not believe there will be any tracking or real time information from the race site. So when I finish, I will let you know.

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