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Are You An Experience Creator or Excuse Maker?

  • I am a flatlander. High altitude mountain course – no chance!
  • I am not at peak fitness due to my Plantar Fasciitis issue earlier in the year. No point in running.
  • Time to train? Whatever!
  • blah, blah, blah…

Over the weekend, a significant number of flatlander TALON trail runners (88 were registered!) experienced the high altitude ( course ranging from 9,200 – 12,600 feet) Leadville 100 mile trail run. In fact, a flatlander from Texas, Liza Howard, won the female race! Yes – won!

Our TALON athletes decided on this experience, regardless of the available excuses that screamed, “Don’t even think about it!”, and prepared to the best of their current ability with the resources available to them. And then…went after it. Some finished, some did not. The beauty of it all – both experienced.

It is all too easy to think of a laundry list of excuses to not do something you really want to experience…and then do nothing. What if you went after those desired experiences?

Do you even know what you would like to experience? This isn’t just about ultrarunning, we are talking about life, your life.

Ask yourself:

What is it I want to experience in ultrarunning?

What is it I want to experience in the many other areas of my life?

This is where it all begins. You must first decide the what before you can start the how (supported with a healthy dose of Belief-Passion-Action).

Then like the inspiring TALON athletes that participated in the Leadville experience, some desires will be fully realized and some will not, but all provide opportunities to create life enriching experience…and there is no better place to be. Go create!

Be active – Feel the buzz!

David –

(Photo: Courtesy of ganesha.isis)

About the author

David Hanenburg David Hanenburg is the passionate dirt-lovin' creator of Endurance Buzz and has been playing in the endurance sports world since 2000 after knockin' the dust off of his Trek 950 hardtail thanks to a friend asking to go ride some local dirt. In 2007 he ran his first ultra on the trails and fell in love with the sport and its people. For more information on David's endurance sports journey, check out the About page.

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