On a long drive back to Chicago from the East Coast over the holidays I was in search of my next major race. The big goal of 2019 was to complete the Leadville Trail 100 Miler in under 30 hours which was accomplished. While that was one of the most fun experiences of my life, I didn’t want to try and repeat the race in case the outcome wasn’t so successful or in the event the event that the overall experience was less than I had remembered.
The race was so much more than the outcome. The race was the people in my crew, the familiarity of the scenery and the drive to do something hard. All of the things I wanted to experience again. All things I want to experience every day.
As I searched for my next big race, I ended up on the Leadville signup site much like I did a year ago around this time. And much like a year ago, I pulled the trigger and signed up for the race across the sky.
Eight month to prove to myself I still have the grit to prepare for the race and improve on my 2019 performance.