"Only those who risk failing greatly can ever succeed greatly." –RFK
Wednesday, May 30, 2007
Death Valley --> New Orleans
(pic: courtesy of Ben Jones, who was right that this would be blogged! Tim Kj called it the "Badwater Baptism.")
Just a quick note to say I survived four days of training in Death Valley. It was quite a fun time and I'm sure it will be beneficial to my race. I don't have time to write about the training, but here is a link to my pictures for some details. Also, here is a link to Ben's pictures.
I am in New Orleans at the ACSM conference now. The Ultrarunning presentation was this afternoon and went well. We had our Endurance Special Interest Group tonight too. There were several new members who were also ultrarunners there tonight. Our numbers are growing! I am now elected Chairperson for that group, which is a delight to me.
(pic: me and Helen Jones running down the Panamint grade)
It is pouring rain and chilly here (compared to Death Valley), so I will lose my precious heat training over the next few days. Oh well, can do only what we can do! I wouldn't miss this meeting for anything. So much good stuff!
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!