I was a spectator at the Pikes Peak ascent and marathon the weekend before last (alas, I am 3 months pregnant so could not do the race. Although I did do the Leadville marathon without knowing I was a couple weeks pregnant!)
Anywho, I was amazed by how many people did both events back to back. For those of you who do not know about this event, it is pretty extreme- a half marathon up Barr Trail all the way to the top of Pikes Peak on Saturday, and a marathon up and back along the same course on Sunday.
Grueling to say the least. But well worth the climb once you get to the top.
I am not done yet thought, because the other thing I noticed was that many of the people wearing the two different colors of wristbands denoting each event were probably over the age of 50. Many of them looked to be at least 70.
At the awards banquet Saturday night I was brought to tears by 81 year old Kenith Wood, who was brought on stage to be recognized for his amazing finish of the ascent in 4 hours, 44 minutes. After looking at the results, it looks like he beat about 50 people half his age.
So here is my question to all of you: when you are feeling tired, unmotivated to train, feeling like something feels too hard or painful, what gets you going?
I think for me it is knowing that there is someone like Kenith out there who could kick my butt in an event like this. Knowing that no matter how hard I think something is there is always someone out there doing more with greater barriers.