Final hours. I can't believe it is here already. My crew has sorted all of the gear for tomorrow. The final plans laid out. Hang out this evening, try to sleep and then be ready for the gun to go off at 4:00 a.m.
The pre-race briefing was pretty good. Cole Choulber took over the "sermon" portion of the briefing that his father Ken used to always do and I have to say he did a great job. This morning I marveled as I sat in the bleachers as to just how many people were actually in the gym for the briefing. They said there were 802 runners who picked up their packets so I don't think the start will not be any more crowded than it was last year. The funny thing is though that as packed as the gym was this morning, which was damned near standing room only will just barely be filled Sunday morning with finishers and family.
There is not any way to filter the 100 thoughts and what not happening right now. But overall my confidence is high, I am ready to go and regardless of what happens tomorrow it is going to be a fun day. Okay maybe not fun, but a good day...
Good luck everyone who is running tomorrow... Sean, Brooks, Brandon's S and F, Mark P, and my buddy Ray S. who is about to finish his first Leadman as well as Larry D who is another Leadman in the running. And to all of my friends whom I didn't name have a good race as well. Back in the Springs, good luck to Simon, Amanda, and JT running the Ascent and again, everyone else. And lastly to my buddy Erich who is doing his first PPM this weekend after nearly two decades of doing the Ascent.
Time to crash. :)