Sunday, June 17, 2012

2012 Leadville Colorado 50 Mile Silver Rush Race Report

Before I even reached the halfway point, they fell all around me... Dropping one by one, hearts aching, bodies giving up, nothing but pain all around, spirits broken.... The inner darkness blanketing their essence... They get off trail, down on their hands and knees and there is nothing but the sounds of pain and crying... Hope is lost... Such despair...

You reach the halfway point, knowing you have to do it all over again. I hear weeping to my side as I sit down trying to get over severe debilitating nausea... The mere thought of moving created such as intense ripple of nausea and pain throughout my entire body I could not bare the thought of moving...

I turned to my side to find a 40 something year old man sitting in a chair with his head in his hands sobbing uncontrollably knowing what he would have to do if he wanted to finish the race...   He was in so much pain, how could he continue.  He knew the mental torment that would come for him if he quit. It would stay with him for the rest of his life if he did not continue... He knew the inner demons were relentless, he had lived with them his entire life.  He was there to conquer them but it would not be today...  It saddened me to be so helpless. It saddened me to see such pain.  It saddened me to see hope lost.

You do your very best to search your mind for some thought that will pull you through this... You begin to play memories of experiences past that you know will combat the pain and combat the darkness... You must begin to dig deeper than you ever thought possible to find the inner strength to continue... And in 1 brief second, you find it... You look up, stand up and start moving forward.

2012 Leadville Colorado 50 Mile Silver Rush Complete...

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