The final preparations have been made, the car is packed, everything is staged, the training is done. Now, it's off for meditation/devotions and a few hours rack time; reveille is at 0400 tomorrow. Race start time is 0700. Estimated time of finish... hummm, now that's a whole other story. If I have a REALLY good day, it will be around 7 hours. If I'm having an okay day, it will be around 7.5 hours. If things aren't going so hot, it will be 8+ hours. I have no concern for where I finish. It's early in the season and this is my first venture into ultra distance running. My only goal is to finish. For me, it's about the journey and the inner/spiritual lessons that come tomorrow. What I can tell you is the only way I won't cross the finish line is if a race official pulls me from the course at gun point, if my body completely shuts down, or if my chief medical crew (Jody, my wife, the RN, aka: "Nurse Jody") says "pack it in, dude. You are done". I'll listen to her, that's about it.
Thanks to everyone for your support and prayers; for the text messages sent the last couple days, as well as the emails, voice mails, and even a blog post from Patti!
I'll post a brief summary tomorrow and more when I get a chance.
Thanks, again, gang! I know it's going to be a great day. How can it not when I have so many amazing people backing me and my awesome crew (Jody and Christian) supporting me each step of the way.