"Only those who risk failing greatly can ever succeed greatly." –RFK
Friday, May 04, 2007
Badwater start times & Twisp, WA
(pic: Badwater 2004, photo by Dave Remington)
This is one of my favorite pictures from my 2004 Badwater race. I just love my 2004 crew/pace team! Check them out! When does it ever get any better than that? This is Nikki, Larry & Bonnie. Both Nikki and Bonnie are running the race this year. How cool is that??
The start times have been posted for this year's race. I'm in the 10 am group. That means I get to start in the heat of the morning. My bib number is #39. Wonder why??
I worked until 9 pm today. So, I'm just exhausted. The good news is, I'm off to Twisp, WA tomorrow. It's one of the the jewels of north central Washington. Tim Englund and I are running the Sunflower Iron "Double." This is a beautiful 21-mile trail run through the gorgeous Methow Valley. We start before dawn and make our way from the finish to the official start, where we hope to arrive by 8:30 am for the start of the real 21-mile race. In 2005, we got quite lost in the dark... we'll see if we can learn from our mistakes this year. I have a feeling it just might be the blind leading the blind. :) Oh well, it's a guaranteed good time no matter what. This picture from the race website is really how it looks when you are running through the gorgeous wild flowers. It's like the "Sound of Music." We might even break out into song while running! Better Tim than me though...you haven't heard me sing...
I am an ultra runner, physician and have been medical director of some of the toughest ultras. I tend to be a mover and a shaker and louder than my size suggests. However, my Gemini twin is gentler and contemplative, an artist, a writer, and a poet. I am a dog lover, a believer in souls, and have a special affinity for those who struggle because I have been there.
This is my crazy lovable huggable Weimaraner, Steely Dan. I call him Steely. He left us in January of this year at only 6 years from lymphoma that did not respond to chemotherapy treatments. Steely was a total goof. He loved trail running, road running, treadmill running, new experiences, making eye contact, sleeping on his back, me, kids, and liver treats. He was Zappa's best friend. We miss him dearly.
This is Stella. A rescue from the shelter. She's about 6 months old and a Border Collie. She is a joyous bundle of energy and curiosity and now also Zappa best friend. She will make a nice running partner when she grows up.
This is the now the big brother of my family - a rescued Greyhound. His name is Frank Zappa. I call him Zappa. He's 7 years old and has learned all about life beyond the track and crate from Steely when he was with us. It was very rewarding to watch his personality bloom as he settled into the family. And yes, he runs like the wind!
This is Natasha, my dearest friend. She was with me through college, medical school, residency, and she moved with me from Chicago to Spokane several years ago. She was my best running partner for 10 years. My sweet Natasha died from bone cancer in 2006. I miss her still. I hung a windchimes over the deck outside. When it chimes, I smile and think she has finally -- wherever she is now -- caught a squirrel!