I'm primarily starting this blog to track my training and progress towards the finish line of the 2008 Western States Endurance Run.
On Saturday, December 1st, with only a 16% chance of being picked, my name was drawn and I'm one of 350+ people entered in the race. The race will start June 28th at Squaw Valley Ski Resort in CA.
I first heard of this race when I saw a TV broadcast about it back in 1986 or 1987. I've been interested in it ever since. In 2001, I paced a friend over the last 38 miles in his first finish at the race. For 2002, I was selected in the lottery, but tore my ACL during ski season and never made it to the starting line. For 2003, I wasn't in the lottery. For 2004, I lost the lottery.
For 2005, I was selected and I made it to the starting line. But, due to a dumb mistake in training, racing a tough 50 miler three weeks before the race, I fell apart in the later miles of the race, and I was pulled from the race at mile 93.5. That one still haunts me, even though I know I gave everything I had that day.
For 2006, I wasn't in the lottery. For 2007, I lost in the lottery.
In 2008, I plan to finally finish this race.