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 some people as they (through the internet) ran 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 they were. I followed along on a map and elevation chart I'd printed off of the website. They began this incredible journey in the Colorado mountains at 4:04 AM MDT on Saturday.
What an epic day - they soared on a dream and wings I only wish I could have.
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?!