The Occasion

Leadville is finally upon us. This wonderful occasion has utterly consumed me ever since I successfully crossed the finish line last summer in my first attempt at the 100 mile distance. To say that I am nervous would not due justice to what I’ve been feeling leading up to this historic race. The emotion is much closer to absolute terror. Physically I feel very strong, fit, and rested. Still though, I’ve had an inexplicable bad feeling about this weekend and my ability to perform at a level that would make me competitive.

This is not meant to be a sandbagging comment. I’ve had the exact same feeling leading up to both 100 milers I’ve completed and both turned out much better than I could have ever expected. Those experiences have helped me to grow as an athlete and as a person and have left me as prepared as possible for the effort ahead of me. I have never felt more capable as a runner. I have never felt more comfortable embracing imminent suffering. I have never been more ready to perform.

My brother and I had an email exchange this morning where I relayed my feelings of fear. Wise as always, this was his response:

expectation leads to disappointment. just run your race. let the wave of your training and dedication carry you…whether it carries you to the hospital or the finish line has no bearing on your ability to shred and rage life. practice is nothing without non-attachment. the two fuel each other so that the journey can become the destination, so that the fruits of effort are no more important than the effort itself. or something. im looking forward to a good rage. let me know if you need a pacer for like a quarter mile.

The yoga of ultrarunning put in a beautiful perspective. There is a fire in my belly. All I can do now is rise to the occasion and enjoy every step of the journey. Team ShredBo will be out in full force. Fire it up.

7 Responses

  1. Jay D

    Good luck. Sure to be a great year.

    August 17, 2011 at 1:57 pm

  2. Derrick

    Your brother is very wise. Good luck and enjoy!

    August 17, 2011 at 1:59 pm

  3. GZ

    Mr. Dylan J – that email exchange is something stated in about a 100 words that I have tried to capture in like 1700 posts.

    Rage on my brother from another mother.

    August 17, 2011 at 4:08 pm

  4. Aaron

    Rip it up and enjoy the fun and the suffering Dylan! Look forward to following your progress this weekend.

    August 17, 2011 at 4:08 pm

  5. Kelsey

    Super glad I can call you a friend, Dylan. You're going to kill it this weekend! Sending you lots of prayers and good vibes from California…

    August 17, 2011 at 4:56 pm

  6. Brett

    Wow, what a great quote.

    I especially like the ending "that the fruits of effort are no more important than the effort itself. or something."

    Did he rip this inspirational quote off of Beavis or Butthead?

    August 17, 2011 at 6:23 pm

  7. Footfeathers

    Just keep doing what's been working for you. San Diego 100 was telling. Have a great, fun race.
    Tim

    August 18, 2011 at 12:43 pm

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