Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Looking Back at 2007 (Trail Running Blog Tag)

Paul Charteris tagged me to look back at 2007 with six quick questions. Sounds like a great way to reflect on the year! If you haven't seen Paul's 2007 summary, be sure to check out his picture of the bear he ran into. Classic! ;-)

(Sophie and Daddy goofing off during the off-season)

1. Most memorable moment on the trails. Boy, that's a tough one. I've had some incredible highs (like crossing the finish at my first hundred at the Tahoe Rim Trail 100) and some devastating lows (the emotional blow up at the Diablo 50k), and each memory is permanently etched into my soul. I guess if I would have to pick a single moment, it would be when I fell at mile 96 at the Tahoe Rim Trail 100. I felt every emotion I knew all at one time, my body was in pain, and I thought for sure I was going to DNF. But the calm serenity of the night sky above Lake Tahoe brought me back to reality, and the headlights of other runners reminded me we were all suffering in some way. I ended up taking it one step at a time, and with the help of my Dad, found the finish line. In that moment on the hill, I was convinced that we all have an endless supply of will and courage, you just have to dig deep enough to find it.

2. Best new trail discovered in 2007. That would have to be the stretch of the Tahoe Rim Trail where the Lake of the Sky 33m is held. All this time it was a short drive from my usual Tahoe running spots, but I didn't know it was so beautiful! A wonderful and challenging stretch packed with views that I have been back to twice already.

3. My best performance of 2007. I think that would be the Silver State 50m. It was not only a fast time for me, but I've never felt so good at the end of a 50-miler. I was also really pleased with the pictures which is good blogging karma. ;-)

4. I don't know how I previously survived without...gaiters! I have never really used them before this season, and it didn't take long to see why everybody uses them. Duh.

5. The person I would most like to meet on the trails in 2008. Well, I hope to see a lot of you guys in 2008! But if I could chose just one, it would be Debra Weil, who is making a wonderful recovery from her bike-vs-car accident this Spring (read it here, particularly the comments). I hope to someday see her walking/running the trails and finding a new passion to fill in for cycling.

6. The race I am most excited about for 2008. No surprise, I'm super excited about running the Western States 100 in 2008. It's going to have some big challenge for me - distance, heat, etc. - and I think sub-24 is a reasonable goal. It's actually forced me to schedule a year of "training" instead of racing everything in sight. It should be great!

This is a wonderful time of year for reflection, and for planning the next race season. One of my favorite parts of blogging is being able to go back and relive each adventure, as well as peruse my favorites on other blogs. Here's my Cliff Notes version, should you need some reading:
You know, I always wish I had raced more but looking at 2007 there is nearly 650 miles of races and rides! No wonder is one of my biggest expenses every year. ;-)

Hope you are all having a great holiday!


Oops, almost forgot to tag three bloggers! The following can consider themselves "tagged" and can answer the six quick questions on your blog:

Mark Ultrailnaka
Peter Lubbers


  1. Wow, you had an incredible year Scott. Nice job! I think that photo pretty much sums it up. Good luck in '08.

  2. BTW, Dave in Atlanta has a great interview with ultra-star Bernd Heinrich, who clocked a 6:38 100k and 12:27 100m (WR at the time) back in the 80's. Interesting read!


  3. Thanks Scott.

    I just got some good news at Christmas that I got into Western States - so it looks we will have one race in common next year. Happy trails!!

    Cheers, Paul

  4. Paul -

    That's great! Let me know if you sign up for the training runs too. Should be fun!


  5. Quite a year Scott! It makes one wonder about what 2008 is going to hold in store for you along with WS100 (good luck with that BTW in shooting for a silver buckle!)

    Since you're major focus in 2008 is going to be WS100, are you planning on putting tri's on hold?

  6. Jon -

    That's a good question. I do enjoy tri's and will continue to swim and bike, but I don't think I will do any tri's leading up to States. Perhaps one afterward? I'm also going to try and get signed up for an Ironman in '09, which is turning out to be as tricky as getting into States. ;-)


  7. Hey thanks for the tip Scott, great idea and much appreciated.
    Tagged, eh? I'm flattered! I'll get a post up sometime this weekend.

  8. Scott,

    Thanks for the mention of Bernd's interview. It was announced yesterday that he will be inducted into the Ultrarunning Hall of Fame. This makes him the fifth member overall and only living male. Wow!

    Ted Corbitt (he very recently passed away), Sandy Kiddy, Marcy Schwam and Sue Ellen Trapp are the other members.

  9. Tagged--I had no chance to run away, since I'm sure I'm getting so slow from too much work, too little sleep and too little running. Thanks for the excuse to reflect and post something. But I'm going to bed (call room) now. Happy New Year!

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  11. Cute bear. I've been reading your blog for a few months. ...and people tell me my life is too consumed with running! Wow- your blog looks like a full-time job! Keep it coming though. Very enjoyable. Have fun in 2008.

  12. I was just back looking at your "looking back" and particularly at the Diablo posting and responses. I don't think I told you that I, like so many others, was so moved by your story and that of Debra. I'm so very proud of you! The accident was tough and the recovery tougher. How special to share it with all of us so we can be reminded of how fortunate we are just to be alive and functioning!


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