Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Returning to Leadville

Over the past few days I've been blown away by the e-mails and blog posts I've gotten expressing support and words of encouragement. I cannot thank all of you enough--you know who you are. Your support has really lifted me in these past few days and put a lot of wind in my sails. From the bottom of my heart: Thank you.

I want to congratulate everyone who finished Leadville this year! That is a huge accomplishment, whether you were sub-25 or sub-30. Believe me when I say I have a new appreciation for finishing a 100!

I've decided to return to Leadville in 2013. I want to run a fast marathon in January, and then I want to transition into a new kind of Leadville training that will have me mentally and physically dialed in next August. I believe I can do it, but, most importantly, I know I can do it. Having spoken with a few people I trust, I know what I need to do. I don't need to start doing it yet (now is the time for recovery and, believe it or not, I need to lose some fitness before I start training with a purpose again), but I know the plan, and a plan is where you start. I have to rebuild myself. I have to start over--and I like that.


  1. Sweet! I'd love to hear your plans for your new training and look forward to following your training. I don't think I will return to LT100 next year. I may put my name in the WS100 lottery. Other than that, no 100s next year.

    I'd be willing to pace for you -- if you think I can hang :)

    Good Luck!

  2. AJ: Thanks and congrats on your finish! You should be proud.

    I will circle back with you on your generous pacing offer. You'd be great out there and I feel fortunate to have the offer!


  3. Whenever i have a less than stellar result from my races,(constantly),it's like throwing wood onto a fire.Glad to see you back at it.Would like to see what your new approach would be,if you want to share.I try to figure out new approaches all the time in training,always seem to come up short,very puzzling sometimes,narrowed it down now to altitude and speedwork as the 2 main ingredients i need,we'll see.

  4. I figured this would be where you would get to, but I am glad to see you get here all the same. We learn more from our failures than we ever learn from our successes. I look forward to following your efforts in the next year as you prepare for Leadville 2013.

  5. Awesome man! That's the ultrarunning way. Starting fresh and training smart.

  6. Thanks again for the help Wyatt! I know your guide really helped me get under 30 hours this last year. It was a beast of a race and I was really trying my best to relax and focus on my biomechanics/chi running. It helped and I have no pain at all since finishing and just puffy feet.

  7. Now THAT'S what I'm talking about!
    Many will follow your fresh approach. Charge on!

  8. Congratulations on your decision Wyatt. I've had similar experiences and am always amazed at my new enthusiasm once a couple of weeks have passed. Good luck! I'll look forward to following your journey. Please let me know if there is ever anything I can do to help.

  9. I'm really happy I have found your blog. I am shooting for a first attempt at Leadville in 2013. As you are a veteran Leadville runner, I am sure I will turn to your blog often for advice, inspiration, and just to share in running joy.
    I would like to ask you when does Leadville typically sell out? (DO I need to be online as soon as registration goes live?)
    Thanks! And happ trails!