Posts Tagged: spring energy

It’s difficult to practice something when you only do it maybe two times a season. Sure I run hundreds of training runs in a year, and thousands in my lifetime so far, but a 100 mile race is categorically different than even the longest training runs I do. Over the past handful of years I have nearly always run 100 mile races in foreign countries, with lots of pressure and time zones to cross getting there. Mostly I have not fared well. There are a lot of reasons for this which I won’t dive into fine detail here. This past weekend I decided to do something a little different, to try and work on things during a 100 mile race where I was more concerned with the process and less so with the outcome. I found the perfect opportunity at Scout Mountain Ultras, a race expertly put on by Luke Nelson and crew up in Pocatello Idaho. For those who are not aware, this is an amazing mountain 100 miler, covering huge climbs, technical trail (and a solid amount of snow in this edition). I was also warned to be on the lookout for moose at the mile 35 aid station (spoiler, I didn’t get so lucky to see any). If I were you I’d put Scout Mountain on your shortlist for 2020. Here is what I learned:

Always pound cold brew at mile 80

Failure is a funny term. It means different things to anyone that uses it. It has been sighted that I am someone who happily fails a lot, especially when it comes to attempting FKTs. I have set out on dozens of different attempts on trail and mountain records over the past 15 years, and I have succeeded no more and no less than four times. When people use the word failure to describe all but the four successful attempts well , I get why they use that word. But the reason I am able to come back again and again to the realm of the FKT is that I don’t see missed attempts as failures, for me they are just part of the deal. The main weapon in my athletic arsenal is my ability to shrug off the misses without losing my confidence that most anything is possible. After a failed attempt on the Wonderland in 2016 the trail had woven it’s way into my mind, this year I had to go back and try again.