Day 11: 0 lap swim, 2.0 mile run, 0.0 mile bike
Totals: 106/105 (-18) lap swim, 29/24 (+2) mile run, 95/110 (-31) mile bike
So by now you might be thinking, “Ben’s done, he’s screwed, he drinks too much, I know Ben and he’s just going to give up.” You might be right… after all today I only squeezed in a 2 mile run OUTDOORS! and then I ran to the pub for a very important beer league softball meeting. But after reading Mitch’s Day 11 post (easily his best yet), and thinking about how he took the entire day off because he’s so confident in his lead, it made me think about challenges from my past. One simply does not encounter vicious bloody battles like Mitch and I are engaged in enough in life, and so the few hardships we do encounter really stick with us.
I recall a time a couple buddies of mine (I’ll leave them unnamed, but I’ll show video of their faces) decided we would try to conquer the Maah Daah Hey Trail in the Badlands of western North Dakota. It was a cool mid summer morning, early July, when we set out for what should have been a modest ~12 mile scamper through this desert wasteland. Here’s a clip from early on: