Tuesday, February 19, 2008

3 weeks, 2 days, 12 hours, 30 minutes...

That's how long I have to wait until I embark on my first adventure!

I will be heading to Moab for a 3 day Adventure Race camp and what may be obvious from the title, I have already begun to count the days and hours until I arrive.

For years I have wanted to do an Adventure Race. I use to watch the Eco Challenge on television and was fascinated with how these people could spend days, sometimes weeks, challenging themselves in every way imaginable. I longed to be one of them, to experience what they experienced, pushing myself the way they pushed themselves.

Yet I never believed I could compete in one of those races. Hell, I could barely walk to my mailbox. I weighed over 350 pounds and was in a miserable state, unable to do basic daily tasks, let alone run a 300 mile race. Running an adventure race was a far off dream that seemed impossible to accomplish.

Fast forward 5 years and 200 pounds... 200 pounds gone forever and a whole new life that I never imagined! I have begun to do things I never believed I could: run 4-5 miles a day; climbed a 14er (and plan on hiking many more!); learned to rock climb (despite a nasty fear of heights) ; and now I plan on doing the one thing I never thought I could... run an adventure race!

The entire reason I began this blog was to document my training and participation in the Adventure Race camp and hopefully the many races I want to compete in this summer. But I began to realize that I have so much more that I want to accomplish and I shouldn't limit myself to just one of my dreams of adventure.

And so this blog will be about all that my life has become and is becoming - the dreams, the goals, the challenges. If there is one thing I have learned it's not so much the idea of finishing first and going higher than anyone else, it's what you learn in the process that matters. This blog is all about the process, about MY process. It's been a hell of a ride and it's just gonna get even wilder!

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