Meet the Crew: WS100 Edition.
The taper and final countdown for Western States has officially begun, so I thought it would be a good time to introduce who will be there helping me push myself.
I am beyond excited that one of my dearest friends and one of the most selfless and funniest people I know will be crewing me. I met Brad during my initial CrossFit days. This will be Brad’s first time crewing an ultra and he is super thrilled. I cannot wait to show him the amazing world that is ultrarunning. Brad is a CrossFit coach and helped me out tremendously this past year. In addition to being a CrossFit athlete, Brad also is a great cook. We have shared many a Paleo meal!
My pacer is a completely different story. His name is Mike and he is from the Los Angeles area (yes, he is driving 8 hours just to pace!). That is all I know. I will meet him at the 62 mile aid station – Forest Hill…blind-date style. We connected through the Western States pacer forum. This will be Mike’s 5th year pacing after he and his wife experienced how powerful another person can be during one of these races when they were spectators 6 years ago. I have spoken on the phone with Mike and we have corresponded via email a few times. I feel extremely comfortable having him pace me as he knows the course incredibly well and has dealt with runners in all the various conditions a 100 can evoke.
I am very humbled that these people, one a dear friend and the other a complete stranger, are willing to take the time and give so much effort in to my effort at Western States. I am truly blessed and am forever astounded by the community ultrarunning produces.