"Only those who risk failing greatly can ever succeed greatly." –RFK
Monday, June 30, 2008
Big horns and beach cruisin'
Ok, so I'm a little late in posting about my most recent adventure. Hope it's not too late because I want to say that the Bighorn Trail runs two weekends ago were simply spectacular. I'm going to save on the verbiage and send you directly to my picture book story HERE if you are interested. It was a laid back very nice run for me. I finished feeling strong and my recovery is full.
Secondly, as you all know by now, the Western States 100-Mile Endurance Run was canceled due to fire and smoke conditions. I was going to be there to pace my friend Shannon. I feel bad for her and all the runners that trained for and dreamed about the race. We know it was the right decision though. I have great respect and admiration for the Western States Board, how fair they have been, and how they did such a great job in making a fun weekend out of an unavoidable circumstance.
On a final note, I KNOW I should be running more (I have some serious training to do -- more on that later) BUT I just LOVE the bike! I love it so much, I couldn't pass up this beautiful Red Betty. She rides so smooth and easy and her 3 speeds are all I need to cruise around town...or the beach. Sometimes I can get going so fast that the tassels actually blow in the wind. :)
So, after some Red Betty attention, I got on my road bike for a nice beginning of the summer 50k tune-up in central WA by the Yakima River. Gosh, I forgot how much I love the bike! Did I mention that already? Next up, some real training (running) and a century ride on the weekend.
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!