2015 Colorado 200 – Gunnison National Forest, Colorado

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I don’t remember how this all started but one day last year Bill found out about a first-of-its-kind 200 mile endurance race around Lake Tahoe. He thought it would be an incredible challenge and experience, so we talked about it and agreed he should enter. At first he was around #89 on the waiting list but a few weeks before the race he found out he could get in. Turned out that like 150 people changed their minds. Fortunately for Bill, he had already been training hard for two extremely difficult races: Badwater 135 in July and Eastern States 100 in August. He felt he’d be ready for Tahoe, so off we went. It was grueling, gorgeous, and slow-going but he finished and said it was “fun!” (I didn’t have this blog yet so there’s no race report, but I did later show you some of the aftermath.)

The next thing I know, Bill is telling me that …

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2015 The Running Dead – Senoia, Georgia

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On a Megabus traveling from Pittsburgh to New York City while Bill and I were dating, I told him about “The Walking Dead” TV show. One of my daughters and I were hooked on it, and I thought Bill might like to check it out sometime. As usual, he decided there was no time like the present and what can’t a smart phone do anyway. He got that baby out, signed on to Netflix, and before I knew it we had watched one season after another between the ride up to NYC and the ride back to PGH. What a great way to pass the time. And I got to see some of the episodes I had missed too.

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2015 Beast of Burden Winter – Lockport, New York

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A week ago I posted the back story about this race and how Bill was training for it. In a nutshell, last year he thought he’d give himself a winter challenge by running a 100 mile race in January near Buffalo, NY. He showed up, braved single digit wind chills and double digit wind gusts, and finished 12th out of 44 with a time of 24:49:35. Bill wasn’t very happy with that time. He knew he hadn’t been training as much as usual (running enough miles or cross training)… And I’m sure it was just a coincidence that we were newlyweds at the time… But regardless, Bill knew he could do better in this race. That’s one of the reasons he was determined to return to Beast of Burden again this January.

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