My life has slowly been changing since 2012 when I was in pure Ironman training , and everything I did was on the road . It ' s tough to describe where most of you may have stopped hearing from me , but as a quick summary , I finished Ironman Wisconsin in 2012 . After that , I went through a huge depression with a job that was not only not challenging me , but also , left me feeling like every day was the worst day ever . Anyways , I found the trails to be my outlet .
By 2014 , I decided that I wanted to complete a 100 mile race . I entered the Leadville 100 lottery , and I was denied . I took this as an opportunity to work backwards and work up to that distance slowly . By 2015 , I ran Superior 50 in Lutsen , MN . The SHT ( Superior Hiking Trail ) gave me all I could handle that year , and I realized my decision to take a step backwards was the correct one . Since then , I ' ve completed three more 50 mile races , and four 50k ' s .
The trails have claimed me . They call to me . I dream about them . I get nervous about not being out there . I also made a pact on December 22 , 2016 , to continue into a streak until I complete that 100 mile race .
I have spoken to my better half , and she has fed me with confidence that we ' re ready to attack this huge distance . I haven ' t announced it to anyone but the Loop currently . I have spoken to my coaches about it , and they ' ve all given me the feeling that I ' m on track to do this . Here ' s me once again announcing my bid for 100 miles on foot . Next year , I ' m going to sign up for two different 100 milers in the Minnesota area in hopes to bat 500 . It ' s scary ! But I ' ve often been heard saying if it doesn ' t scare the s *** out of you , it ' s not worth doing .
Anyways , the two races are Zumbro 100 ( in April ) and Superior 100 ( in September ). Superior is a lottery , so there ' s no guarantee I ' ll get in , so if very well only be a single bid next year as well . Zumbro will be six , 16 . 7 mile loops . Superior has my heart and is 103 . 3 miles of point to point running in some of the most technical trails I ' ve ever attacked . I have a few Loopsters in mind to ask to pace and crew me , but I haven ' t even asked them yet . Anyways , I ' ll leave it there for now . Hopefully , I post before I click that entry button in November .
As always , run strong and never give up !