I hit the part of the book where the Tarahumara/Raramuri Leadville races. The second one I could not put the book down. My eyes were flying over the words so fast I was somehow getting the gist of the story, but I wasn't sure I reading more than every 4th word. And I wanted those Indians to catch that lady Ann Trason so bad.
I heard her in a interview during my ultra marathon intro studies ultra marathon and she sounded pretty odd, but I would never have guessed she was that competitive. Kinda a hippie/competition freak (not necessarily hippy by lifestyle, but laid back attitude).
That jerk that got them to run was an oddball but he might have been the only one that could have gotten them there. It was strange how he went crazy after the race. I kept going back and forth thinking she was going to win and yet thinking how the further they ran the better they did.
When that guy/Fisher blew by her and crushed her spirit I was cheering which is not fair to her and the guy writing the book seems to have a touch of the same thing that Fisher had. Just because he's writing something does not mean it occurred exactly the way he put it on paper. But it was exciting...can you imagine READING about and ULTRA race and you just want to google the race or turn ahead and find out what the heck, because he diverted a couple of times and drug it out.
And then the twist of the Shaggy guy was Micah True/Caballo Blanco! How many names did that guy have!!!??
I'm a shoeaholic like Emelda Marco...but I have finally found that I really like Skechers and Saucony. I like the first Hoka Clifton 2 the best the other 2 pair were okay...some days they seemed good and other days didn't care for them too much. I'm giving the Speedgoat 3 a try. But the Skecher Gorun7 and then Saucony ISO5 and ISO Triumph I believe (can't they just have simple names...golf equipment is the same way...they have these coded names with numbers and captials and small letter and I cannot keep up because like computer hardware/software they have to change those names...except for Nike Pegasus of course..I think they are on model 37 or so.). On the other hand I just need to find the right tool to cut up an old tire and figure out a way to make those cord things they used to wear their flip flops and run in them.
That Ann Trason was something else. 25 years ahead of her time!
Those 3 pair above have some sort of spring effect that I bet is nothing compared to the $250+ Nike whatevers.
Didn't read much yesterday, but back at it today. Can't put it down for at least an hour. Weird to hear about Proctor in the book.
I was not respecting old Scott Jurek enough. The book really shows how great a runner he was. A lot of the ultra stuff was touching on him, but the videos had already moved on to the next generation. That Walmsey seems to look a little like Jurek. It is weird to hear about Proctor and that first ultra where he was a nerd and when the 'stud' got his shoes sucked off Jurek just took off and left him and then the 'stud' got mocked for getting beat by the nerd.
The win at the Death Valley was incredible. He was on his back at 60 miles in a physical state that if the race was closely monitored would probably have resulted in sending him to a hospital whether he wanted to go or not. Then he got up and won the race! I guess you know his 'stud' athlete buddy Dusty Olson?
A very impressive thing about his running was that he stayed at the finish line for hours cheering in the other runners!
Wow! Just when I think the book can't get any crazier and I'm wondering what else could possibly be in the book to keep my interest...it's does get crazier. Wild running chick. Surfer boyfriend runner. Barefoot Ted who apparently met all kinds of famous people in a Forrest Gump sort of way. It was bizarre when weird Caballo met Ted and at least so far Caballo thought Ted was crazy/weird/odd whatever...of which he was a personal practising expert of weird himself! I usually do not like people like this at all...but the book makes it work for me.
I know Dusty all too well...
We used to be buddies, but he's gone off the deep end (he got Lyme Disease really bad, and it's affected his already unstable brain.)
He is a bit scary crazy now...