I am inspired and in awe of these people. Without them we wouldn't have gone to the moon, we'd still have polio, we'd all still be in England or overpopulating the east coast because we were too afraid to hop in a wagon train.
This weekend I followed the dream of my son Jason (through the internet) to run the Leadville 100 trail run. The Leadville website had a live tracking link that gave the chip times through each aid station. Every so often during the day I clicked on it to see where he was. I followed along on a map and elevation chart I'd printed off of the website.He began his incredible journey in the Colorado mountains at 4:04 AM MDT on Saturday and called it a day around 2 AM MDT Sunday morning at the Fish hatchery aid station at mile 76.5. His body was finished.
Well done son! What an epic day - you soared on a dream and wings I only wish I could have.
This is the information that would pop up when I entered his name in the link. Each time he went through the aid station his time would be recorded with the timing chip he wore.
|Checkpoint Name||Time of Day||Interval Time||Total Time|
|1 May Queen Outbound||2011-08-20 06:02:27.461||02:02:27.791||02:02:27.791|
|2 Fish Hatchery Outbound||2011-08-20 08:02:48.510||02:00:21.049||04:02:48.840|
|3 Half Pipe Outbound||2011-08-20 09:21:26.191||01:18:37.681||05:21:26.521|
|4 Twin Lakes Outbound||2011-08-20 11:19:23.631||01:57:57.440||07:19:23.961|
|5 Winfield||2011-08-20 15:21:13.230||04:01:49.599||11:21:13.560|
|6 Twin Lakes Inbound||2011-08-20 19:30:11.878||04:08:58.648||15:30:12.208|
|7 Half Pipe Inbound||2011-08-20 22:29:52.585||02:59:40.707||18:29:52.915|
|8 Fish Hatchery Inbound||2011-08-21 01:36:32.850||03:06:40.265||21:36:33.180|
Total miles ran: 76.5!!!!!!!!!
* added later - Here's the link to Jason's blog post of the journey - http://jasonhenrie.blogspot.com/2011/08/dnf.html
The attrition rate for this years Leadville 100 is incredible. Out of 790 starters only 351 finished. Over half dropped out.
When I got up today I read in the newspaper of a Kirkland, Wa. man who biked from the Bellingham waterfront to heather meadows (103 miles), summited Mount Baker and Mount Shuksan (hiked 23 miles) in one push 33 hrs. and 29 min.'s. Here's the link if you want to read more about it: http://www.bellinghamherald.com/2011/08/21/2148673/kirkland-man-pedals-103-miles.html
When I read about these people who are driven by dreams and goals that are epic why am I so drawn to believe I have that same spirit and ability in me? I wonder where my dreams will take me?!