Archive for October, 2013

Oil Creek 100 – 5 October 2013

17 October 2013

Oil Creek 100 - 5 October 2013


De nuevo

17 October 2013

I’m resuscitating this online journal (I’ve always hated the word “blog”) for two primary reasons.  First, I feel I’m on the cusp of actually becoming decent at this trail running thing.  Half the fun of running these races when you have no chance of winning – well, maybe a third – is drafting the blow-by-blow race report.  All the talented runners blog their race reports; if I blog my race reports, I’ll be a talented runner.  QED?  It’s probably too late for Oil Creek, but Mountain Masochist is right around the corner.

Second, the arrival of my thirtieth birthday today gave me a renewed sense of adventure.  Not to put too fine a point on it, but I feel like I’ve got a lot of energy I want to burn in the next five years or so.  Next up is the trip to Colombia with some high-altitude trekking, but also on the list are a R2R2R, a Presidential Traverse, some Fourteeners, a re-creation with Kevin of the Chesapeake Bay kayaking trip he did a few years back, and a Fiesta de San Fermin.  God willing, I might even accompany Grant on one of his Alaskan expeditions someday.  Proper adventures require proper narratives.  I’ve been inspired by a lot of the books I’ve read lately – Annapurna, City of Djinns, the Paddy Fermor and Wilfred Thesiger biographies – and hope to do similar justice to my own excursions.  

I might occasionally write about other interests – language, the elite trail racing scene, music and such – but I’ll try (try!) to keep my reactionary politics and social observations to myself.  These previous posts below are just as pretentious, but not nearly as embarrassing overall, as I had feared.  Much like my Twitter habits, I don’t care so much that these posts may never be read, so long as they get written.