Leadville starts at 4:00 AM
On December 31, 2018 I stated my New Year’s resolution aloud. This is a rarity for me as I don’t normally believe in such arbitrary timelines to commit to things we should probably be doing anyway. Resolutions such as “eat healthily” or “spend wisely” should be constant themes in life, not fleeting commitments once a year.
My 2019 resolution was to prepare right for Leadville. I had signed up to run the Leadville 100 Trail race in August 2019. While finishing the race in under 30 hours seemed to be the goal on the surface, my resolution was to prepare flawlessly every single day. Such preparation would allow me to perform to the best of my ability and never second guess my effort. Vowing simply to finish the race misses the point and the hard work, difficult tradeoffs and commitment to excellence along the way.
I changed my daily alarm to be titled “Leadville starts at 4:00 AM” as a daily reminder that I could do something that day to achieve my goal.
On August 17th, Leadville started at 4:00 AM and after running 100 miles, successfully finished for me at 8:33 AM August 18th.