Sunday, August 15, 2010

Appreciating Flatness

"What this power is I cannot say; all I know is that it exists and it becomes available only when a man is in that state of mind in which he knows exactly what he wants and is fully determined not to quit until he finds it." Alexander Graham Bell
As I stood there listening to the three nut jobs discussing the upcoming Oil Creek 100 Ultra , I realized how truly crazy they really are.  100 miles of unspeakable elevation through woods, mud, rocks and unforgiving drop offs.

Oh, and did I mention that there are bears in the woods?
That race will take place in October.

This is August.  It is a week before the Summer Beast Of Burden - the 24 hour and 100 mile race along the Erie Canal.   It will be long and hot but it will also be one thing the Oil Creek 100 is not.

The Summer Beast will be flat.  

So after listening to the nut jobs planning their insane Oil Creek adventure I have found a mantra to hopefully get myself through next weekends sweltering Summer Beast -

"At least it's flat."


Upcoming Ultras:
Oil Creek 100 Trail Runs - October 16th, Oil Creek State Park, PA

Upcoming Races:
Rut Race 3.4 miles - Mon. August 16th 7:00 PM, Bond Lake
Moonlight Run 5k- Wed.  August 18th 8:00 PM, Williamsville

Remember, you're only nuts if a psychiatrist says so.  And even then there's always the chance that he's wrong.


  1. You'll have fun at the summer Beast and wonder why you didn't run the winter Beast! Same goes with OC, how bad can it be? Hope I survive.

  2. Famous last words, "How bad can it be?"


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