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June 24, 2009

Go Time!

“Got your mind set on a dream -
You can get it, though hard it may seem now …

You can get it if you really want –
You can get it if you really want –
You can get it if you really want –
But you must try, try and try, try and try –
You'll succeed at last.”
- Jimmy Cliff, “You Can Get It If You Really Want” (video after post)

It seems only fitting that as I’m gearing up to spend an entire day dancing under the scorching sun, a classic reggae song should serve as my sendoff.

Western States, here I come.

Obviously, I have no clue what lies in store for me over the 24 (or more) hours of race weekend. It could be epic, it could be crazy … or it could be epically crazy. I might have a fantastic day and night, or I might come completely unraveled (have I mentioned my lack of heat training?) far sooner than I anticipate. Surprises may lurk around every bend in the trail, and I have no idea what my reaction will be.

What I do know is that I’m looking forward to every minute of it.

There’s simply no way you can anticipate a race for almost two full years and feel anything but excitement when the time finally comes. I’m not scared, or anxious, or nervous … just bouncing off the walls ready to actually DO this thing. Whatever happens, happens – but I’ll be grateful to finally experience race day instead of just carrying the idea of it in my head every single day.

On a related note: whatever does happen to me out there, you can follow along in something fairly close to real time on the Western States 100 webcast. Each runner has his or her own page, and mine is right here. You can also check out the main webcast page to get updates on the race that develops in the front of the pack while the majority of us are struggling just to stay upright and maintain forward motion.

The race starts at 5AM on Saturday. If you drop in on me online, send some good vibes my way through the computer screen – because I might need every manner of assistance I can get.

I want this race. I really really want it. I’ll try and try and try to make it as great an experience as possible. By Sunday morning, we’ll find out if I succeed at last.

Jimmy Cliff, “You Can Get It If You Really Want” (click to play):


mindy 6/25/09, 4:46 AM  


Dave 6/25/09, 5:27 AM  

Donald, believe you can do and do it well. Like a buddy of my said...during an Ultra, you sometimes have to run when it is not fun. have a good won.


Jo Lynn 6/25/09, 7:49 AM  

My thoughts will be with you. I hope it's not as hot as they are forecasting. Take it easy. Have as much fun as possible. ;)
Oh, and get that race report up as soon as you can so we know how you did.

Stuart 6/25/09, 12:24 PM  

Have a great race, hope the temps stay low and the pace is high.

Deene 6/25/09, 1:07 PM  

OMG! those checkpoint names sound ominous.
what an incredibly exciting adventure, you are definitely ready mentally! we'll be waiting for you to finish. god bless.

craig 6/25/09, 1:55 PM  

I'll be checking in on your progress Donald. My thoughts and prayers will be with you.

Anisha 6/25/09, 5:11 PM  

Good luck Donald! I will be checking in to see how you are doing!

Darrell 6/25/09, 10:58 PM  

Donald, I hope your WS experience is all that you hoped for and more. Have a great race.

I've got some serious blog reading to do to catch up around here. I pumped that I didn't miss this.

Thomas 6/26/09, 1:28 AM  

Good Luck, Donald. You'll tear up the course, heat training or not.

Backofpack 6/26/09, 10:54 AM  

Best of luck Donald! Run like there's no tomorrow, soak in the glory of all you can do and all that nature created around you. Have an epic adventure, no matter the outcome!

Backofpack 6/27/09, 5:27 PM  

The live update doesn't seem to be working!

Dan 6/27/09, 6:40 PM  

For the live webcast, I found that I had to do a browser refresh several times before I could get connected, but once on it seemed to stay on.

Latest tracker info: Donald entered the El Dorado Creek checkpoint, mile 52.9, at 4:56pm (11:56 elapsed race time). At that time he was in position 108 and was on pace for a 24 hour finish.

For those not able to get the webcast, here's a cool map showing his estimated latest position.

Backofpack 6/28/09, 7:36 AM  

You're almost there Donald! Run, baby, run!

stronger 6/28/09, 9:10 AM  

from the map and the estimates...it looks like you're in!

stronger 6/28/09, 9:11 AM  

just moved from "On Trail" to "FINISHED"!!!!!!

Pete 6/28/09, 9:11 AM  

You are there! Congratulations!

Dan 6/28/09, 9:37 AM  

Congratulations! Way to tough it out, Donald!

Screen grab of splits here.

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