Hello, I’m back.
It’s been a while. 9 months, in fact. So, what has changed? Most everything, really.
I turned 30. I had my first DNF (racing term, Did Not Finish). Dad passed. I left my employer. I traveled through Asia. I joined a new company. I moved to Colorado.
Where did I leave off… Hellgate. It’s was a good race for me. It’s too far past to write-up in full. The start was at midnight. The conditions were tough… it went from rain, to freezing rain, to sleet, to wintery-mix, to snow, and everything (is there anything else?) in between. I think I got 6th overall. Rob and Travis were at the finish to greet me - amazing.
From there I went to SoCal to race the inaugural Sean O’Brien 50 miler. I started way too hard. I couldn’t help myself. There was a stacked pro field and I wanted to run with the big dogs as long as I could. Truth be told, I wasn’t there physically, mentally, or emotionally. I’ve always thought that if I have any one of those three, I can probably persevere. Without, I decided to drop at mile 42. My first DNF.
Then back to Kansas City.
Then over to Asia. I toured for nearly five weeks - most of it with Rob. We were in Japan, the Philippines, and Hong Kong. He went on to Thailand while I went to Indonesia. I raced a 50k in HK. It was my most difficult 50k. Racing over there is very different. I can’t wait to do it again, and generally return to Asia.
A quick trip to Mexico before returning to Charlottesville for the long goodbye. During a great party at our favorite spot, Mono Loco, I quietly hugged a select few and then ghosted. Sean escorted me out of town the next morning, as I drove West on 64 - a bittersweet moment.
Now, I “live” in Denver - Five Points, naturally. I work in Silicon Valley. And after a bit of a break, I’m back to racing. I “eased” back into things with a 50 miler at the base of Mount Rainier - White River 50. It was fun, so I decided to get back after it. I’ve got events scheduled for each of the next five months. Colorado, Utah, Virginia, California, Hong Kong. I’ll try to keep things a bit more current around here.