"Ultrarunners tend to play it safe.
They line up 'challenges' they know they can finish.
And run them carefully
Well within their 'limits'.
We believe that success is never failing.
At the Barkley success is about over-reaching our abilities,
and living to tell about it.
Sometimes success is getting your ass out alive.
Some people 'get' the Barkley. Some don't.
But the Barkley is all about leaving the comfort zone.
The Barkley is about taking our chances with failure.
True success is not the absence of failure,
It is the refusal to surrender."
-From Laz, Race Director of the Barkley
The decision has been made - it's time to stop second-guessing myself and put in five solid months of hard work.
Steve is taking a break from writing regularly scheduled updates to this blog.