Should be going to sleep...but those dang sugar plums are dancing in my head again! They are stamped with words...the red one with Western States on it. Oooh the purple one that says Cayuga...and that green one with TDG..thats the really big one.

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Comment by Rich Warne on December 6, 2013 at 12:05pm
Love to hear about your CI Karen
Comment by Karen Blackert on December 6, 2013 at 9:50am

What I just thought about while reading your post (for about the 4th time!) is I need to focus on the thrill of the ride between the bar and the platform. Even though I wasn't able to attempt my CI this year, I had a blast getting there. It's just really tough to wrap my head around choosing something that's not logical (well... my definition of logical- I am a high school math teacher!) I also need to carve time out of my day to spend time just thinking about my CI(s) for 2014. Like almost meditating on it. I like your visual of the room and hopes, dreams, fears dangling from the ceiling. I'm working on it. Thanks for your encouragement!

Comment by Lori Enlow on December 6, 2013 at 8:43am
Not stupid brain...brain trying to protect you ;)
Dont push those thoughts away, say "hello" to them. Aknowledge they are there. I visualize myself walking through the room, my thoughts, fears, hopes and dreams dangling from the ceiling. I see my thoughts and not judge them, I decide what I want to grab hold of and what I want to aknowledge and walk past.
Comment by Karen Blackert on December 6, 2013 at 8:28am

I have LOVED reading this thread!! Rich- you are fast! And you go, Lori! Awesome CI's!!! I'm jealous that you've been able to nail them down. The end of Lori's last post says it all for me... I have to let go. I'm teary-eyed even typing that. Stupid, I know... but the idea of letting go terrifies me! And I don't know why since, like Lori said, "You can’t know the outcome, but grab the bar or fall….it doesn’t matter, either way you will land safely. It’s all about the space between the platform and the bar… so jump!" Stupid brain!! Gets in the way all the time!

Comment by Rich Warne on December 6, 2013 at 5:59am

Lori I think these are ace..... "AND top 10 femal finish at Cayuga 50 mile USATF championships in June...AND if I am in the 6% that gets selected from the Western States Lottery, a top 5 age division finish, AND Speedgoat finish, AND Tor Des Geants finish top 10 female if I get in, if not Tahoe 200 with a top 5 female finish. Lori’s Grand Damn Slam! Ha!"

Comment by Rich Warne on December 6, 2013 at 5:58am

Hey Lori how about a 2014 "1 mile test time challenge" - I'm currently somewhere in the 5s - so we could challenge each other to the best time in 2014 or we could challenge each other to the most improved 1 mile test time in 2014? What do you think? Mybe Eric would like to join in as well?

Comment by Lori Enlow on December 6, 2013 at 5:08am
You are pure evil rich
Comment by Rich Warne on December 5, 2013 at 11:51pm
love it Lori, and the 2nd number?
Comment by Lori Enlow on December 5, 2013 at 7:54pm

Ok, so that’s not all.  I’m lovin’ where this is headed! Alright boys and girls, here it is…..What do I WANT 2014 to look like? Yes, “5” as the first number in my 1 mile test….AND top 10 femal finish at Cayuga 50 mile USATF championships in June...AND if I am in the 6% that gets selected from the Western States Lottery, a top 5 age division finish, AND Speedgoat finish, AND Tor Des Geants finish top 10 female if I get in, if not Tahoe 200 with a top 5 female finish. Lori’s Grand Damn Slam! Ha!

How the hell did I come up with that?  And what the hell makes me think that it might even be possible? Some ego she’s got eh? Nope. The exact opposite will have to be true.. It will ONLY be possible if I lose the ego. I don’t exactly understand that concept myself but I’m gonna have to learn it this year. “let go of what you THINK you can do and grab hold of what you WANT to do”... I told Karen Blackert that as I read her thoughts considering her own cool impossible. I could hear myself in her writing thinking the same thoughts, following the same path.  The safe road when trying to formulate my CI, “what’s the next step based on my performance last year?”, “What is the natural progression?”, “What SHOULD my next cool impossible be?”. and my response to her, I only realized today is my response to myself….let loose of what you THINK you can do and grab hold of what you WANT to do.  Stand on that weaving 12 inch podium...remember the one?  The one that’s 50 feet up,the one you climbed when you were 15 at summer camp, that one-swaying, the trapeze just a little to far to reach out and grab..you have to JUMP to get it.  You have to let go of the ropes that are securely tied to your waist and jump. You can’t know the outcome, but grab the bar or fall….it doesn’t matter, either way you will land safely. It’s all about the space between the platform and the bar… so jump!

Comment by Lori Enlow on December 5, 2013 at 7:05pm

13.1 miles in 1:24:29 @Rich Warne! For 2014 I "see" a 5 as the first number on my 1 mile test.....more visions for 2014 to come very soon! ;)

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