Monday, August 9, 2010

Mt. Disappointment 50K - Marathon #67

Mt. Disappointment was run on trails and canyons in the San Gabriel Mountains. The course was scenic but extremely strenuous and challenging. Okay lets be honest...The course was freaking HARD!!! The final 4 miles to the summit at Mt. Wilson was BRUTAL!!! Yes I was disappointed! I finally finished 9:16:40, half dead, heat exhaustion, altitude sickness, and lost 6 pounds. But how soon do we forget, I will be back next year to challenge Mt. Disappointment. I WANT REVENGE!

This is my friend Beiyi. Beiyi is the one who introduce me to ultra marathons. Beiyi has done many 50k's, 50 milers and last year her first 100 miler. Last week Beiyi did the Sonoma Triathlon (Ironman) and one week later she runs the brutal Mt. Disappointment 50k! Beiyi you are AWESOME! Let me say it again...The forties are fabulous!

I followed Mary the first 8 miles or so. Mary has done four 50k's and back in April her first 50 miler at the beautiful American River 50 Mile Endurance Run. Mary would like to run an ultra in every state. Good Luck Mary!

There were lots of familiar faces and everyone was eager and ready to challenge Mt. Disappointment.

We travel though riverbeds and climbed over trees. The course was very technical.

THE PATH TO A DREAM The path to a dream is paved with sacrifices and lined with determination. And though it has many stumbling blocks along the way and may go in more than one direction, it is marked with faith. It is traveled by belief and courage, persistence and hard work. It is conquered with a willingness to face challenges and take chances to fail and try again and again. Along the way, you may have to confront doubts, setbacks, and unfairness. But when the path comes to an end, you will find that there is no greater joy than making your dream come true.
-Barbara Cage-

Keep Believing in yourself and your dreams,
Yolanda "Walking Diva"

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