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Patagonia Fall Inventory Sale; A Little Bit of Panic

Posted Jan 25 2012 12:00am

Before we get to today’s post, a quick announcement to help you grab some cool-weather apparel: from now through January 30, Patagonia is discounting its fall inventory to 30% off. They currently have plenty of options available – I picked up a nifty flannel shirt – and the timing is perfect to get some cozy goodies while it’s still chilly enough to put them to good use. So get going to the sale , then come back for my own little story that's been giving me chills.

“How can you say you don’t want to know –
Don’t want to know the truth?”

- Sublime with Rome, “Panic” (video after post)

I don’t do this very often … but I’m actually going to make this post a lot shorter than I originally intended. (Usually, of course, it goes the other way.) Make no mistake, the subject is something of significance to me – but I’m just not sure I’m completely ready to talk about all the ramifications yet.

Have you ever been so excited about something that you’re hesitant to actually tell anybody about it, because doing so will trigger a whole lot of questions and discussions which make the whole thing that much more tangible, and you’re not quite sure you’re able to deal with those issues yet? If you’re a parent, think of that wonderfully head-spinning period in between the moment you found out you were expecting and the time when you finally announced the news to family and friends. It’s the time when you know the truth, but on some levels you don’t quite want to.

So I guess the best way to do this is to get straight to the point: a couple of weeks ago, I entered the Leadville Trail 100 .
An old-school logo (courtesy of Wikipedia ), but one of my favorites

And if you listen closely, that faint sound you hear through your computer screen would be me hyperventilating

The Race Across The Sky. The highest hundred in America.   The 100-miler that’s second in age and prestige only to Western States – and many would argue that the prestige ranking should be reversed. In other words, it’s kind of a big deal.

Hope Pass above 12,000'; photo from race website

And, um … I think that’s all I’m able to say right now. Obviously there will be a lot of discussion about Leadville around these parts – and seeing as how I’ve already made the comparison to childbirth, the analogies are likely to get even crazier from there - but honestly, my head is still kind of spinning at the prospect of what I’ll be attempting this August. I know the truth, but I’m not sure I quite want to address all of the considerations yet.

Those discussions will play out in the weeks and months to come; in the meantime, it’s time for me to do a whole lot of training. And probably a little bit of panicking as well.

Sublime with Rome, “Panic” (click to play)

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