Saturday, April 19, 2014
I will admit I've been a little MIA lately. But, it's not like I've been taken hostage and hidden in a cave somewhere. Oh wait. I was in a cave. Held hostage by some pretty awesome music and some way too close dancing. But, if you've never danced in an ocean cave (one with a blowhole in it) I would suggest you get on that. Yeah. Like NOW. Cuz, how often do you get to say "You know... I think I'm gonna go dance in a cave and who cares if I get a little wet, or hit my head on the hard rock wall, or suffocate to death by the hundreds of tall people dancing next to me..." because chances of finding a cave is very slim, and the chances of finding a cave with a badass DJ by the name of Fish Stix in it is even slimmer, and chances of finding a cave that isn't occupied by a species of critter that isn't going to consume you is well... very rare.
But, if you can't find a cave then go find a stage. Preferably one with an 80s throwback rock band with mullet wigs and skin tight rockstar pants. Then get on stage with them. Then dance your little heart out. Yeah. I did that too. Check the video proof above.
Don't ask me why they let me up there, it wasn't even my birthday. Ten years ago you would have had to drag me kicking and screaming to dance on that stage in front of a packed house. But, things are different here in the land of enlightenment and what-the-fuck. You just never know where you'll end up. In a cave... on stage... nearly passed out and sandwiched between a rock and landscaping just outside the pub. That wasn't me by the way, but that outcome is a possibility. This is where the land of mid-life meets the land of what-the-fuck. I drink responsibly these days. Really. Its the only way I can dance. And despite how bad I am at dancing, I love it!!! I may have been a little off beat up there but did you notice how I didn't fall off stage? Yes. That required skill and sobriety. Well... relative sobriety anyway. I may have had a few shots of whiskey prior to those shenanigans.
So where am I going with this?
I guess my point is (...and you might want to pay special attention to this part because I almost NEVER have a point and anything with multiple points is just me being an overachiever so you decide)...
1. Do what you love and be passionate about it. People love to be around other passionate people. It's contagious.
2. Never, ever, listen to the naysayers. They aren't the people you want in your circles anyway.
3. Put yourself outside your comfort zone and take risks. Its easier to take risks when you genuinely don't care what others think.
4. Never, ever, stop being who you are. Unless its time for a change and that change will help you grow or be a better person.
5. Never apologize for being who you are. Unless you're really fucked up. Then go back to number 4.
6. Dance like you're either on stage or in a cave! Live life at every opportunity people! And you might wanna stay a tiny bit not drunk.
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Wednesday, March 19, 2014
|Roll Dice For Freedom |
Hide your rocks, Utah. The DirtyGirlz ultra bitches are back!
This just happened. Have a peek at the conversation that occurred on February 7th on one of the DirtyGirlz facebook status updates.
So I did it. I signed up for the Speedgoat 50k on July 19th 2014.
It looks like all the Zion 100 DirtyGirlz crew will be heading to Utah again to participate in what is described as the "Toughest 50k in the US."
Yup. I just said that.
Here's the description from Ultra Signup...
This race consists of 11,420' of total climbing. The race is all above 7600', with the majority above 9200'. This is the most technical race east and west of Snowbird Ski Resort. Rocky, Rooty, snowy, very steep hills, even steeper descent, all over nasty, wet rocky terrain. If you like a fast 50k, this race is NOT for you. Needless to say, there is nothing easy about it. Please train adequately for this event. We do not do refunds, so stay healthy and prepare for a fine run through the wildflowers, and one nasty creekbed or two.
But, I'm confident I can complete this badass muther within the time cutoffs. Yes. There are time cutoffs. For a 50k.
I honestly did not think I could top the challenge that was Pine To Palm 100, but here's a race that consists of unadulterated STEEP and CRAZY ELEVATION. Its no 100 miler but, holy crap, after the first five miles I'm gonna be pining for the finish line like it was 100 stupid miles.
A "SPIRIT WALK" in the words of Kristina.
"Wicked Spiritual" as Maggie says.
Wicked is right. And as I've learned, any trip with the DirtyGirlz is always wicked fun.
But if you haven't noticed, there are others signed up. Yup. Running the Speedgoat 50k was not the original brainchild of the DirtyGirlz. Well OK, maybe it was originally Maggie's idea, but really, this genius idea was the original gimcrackery of Bill Clements - another Folsom Trail Runner I never run with. Apparently, the Speedgoat 50k was on Bill's 2014 bucket list - a list that has now been inadvertently intercepted by five singing, dancing, mid-air jumping, rock licking, picture taking, desert running, star gazing, log hugging, river wading, whiskey/wine/beer/mead drinking, menstrual cramping cray-crays.
But now that I think about it, this bucket list hijacking of ours is brilliant!! Why waste valuable time creating a personal bucket list when you can hack into someone else's? Right?
But, really... I had no clue how this all started or what the hell I was signing up for. Like I said, any trip with the DirtyGirlz is good times and with good times you don't ask questions. If you do ask questions expect them to be answered like this:
So Bill and Maggie signed up for Speedgoat first and then in an avalanche of stupid running peer pressure Ben signs up (he says Billy "talked him into it"), then Paulo (who probably blames Ben) and then finally, all four DirtyGirlz. If you wanna know who I blame, I blame Charito. There's evidence in the conversation above.
But truth be told, I was actually super stoked to get the email that informed me I was officially "in" the race and that I just needed to confirm. I'm really excited to put my training to good use, attempt a serious elevation ultra, and see if I can dial my mobility in more. The steep stuff is where I start to break down. The Pine to Palm 100 miler proved to be a challenge in that way, but I'm determined to do Speedgoat with better form on the downhills and hopefully stronger hams and glutes for the climbs. As for the elevation, I have no clue how its gonna affect me. Its all a crap shoot, but I guess I'm the gambling type so...
... ROLL DICE FOR FREEDOM DIRTYGIRLZ!!
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