Prompt: Friendship. How has a friend changed you or your perspective on the world this year? Was this change gradual, or a sudden burst?
The two people that immediately come to mind is Bob Combs and Jim Harris. These two men have always said I could meet any goal. I would just have to train for it. They've been the duo that put the idea of MMT into my brain. They both, for the last 3 years now, have said I could do it. I believe they had more faith in me that I did.
Well, somewhere, in the very end of 2009, maybe at URINEO, I decided I needed to change. I needed to lose weight so I would be faster and not DNF any more races. And I needed to 'ultra up' and reach for some goals.
I did just that. I didn't reach my goal in both my "A" races in 2009-the Laurel Highlands Ultra and the WV Trilogy-but I'm okay with those DNF's.
I think some of the more notable changes came when I signed up for the Ring in June/July. I did this on my own, not really knowing who else would be doing this.
Jim Harris was wildly enthusiastic with my plan of doing the Ring. He not only invited me to drive down to Virginia together, he introduced me to many of the very cool VHTRC members. Jim's support, praise, and admiration, has really grown my confidence in myself. That has really helped with my own development. I'm very glad to have Jim and Bob as my best cheerleaders out there. (And Mikey of course, that goes without saying!)