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Stage 4: Patience Grasshopper

Alright. So it happened. Not in the 6 year old girl way. Ever so slightly with about 2km to go today. I was reflecting back on all the messages you’ve sent and since I’d hit 123 km in the past 4 days I figured it was okay to let some of the tears come. “Peace. [...]

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Stage 5: And Miles To Go Before I Sleep

“First you have to know what you want, defined in terms of the end result. And then you have to physically move towards it, without defining the hows. At which point, the thing you want actually starts coming to you, on its own terms, from a direction completely unexpected.” I don’t even know where to [...]

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Stage 6: Brick Walls Are There For A Reason

“They are there to show us how badly we want something.They are there to stop the other people.” Today started out rather uniquely with a 40′ canoe ride across a lake just outside of Pokhara. All remaining 170 competitors were ferried through the mist to the far side. Shortly after 9:00am we began the final [...]

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Coastal Challenge Stage 1 – Humility: A Runner’s Best Friend

Day one was underestimated.   The pace starts out fast, too fast. The stage began at 9:30am on the streets of Quepos in 36 degree heat and 97% humidity. My first 11km were done in 63 minutes and that’s when I knew I was in trouble. I didn’t hydrate properly and struggled through the middle section of the [...]

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Coastal Challenge Stage 2 – There’s No App for This

Day 2 started out with two grouse grind style elevation climbs. I love hills and could happily go up for days. For others, like Gemma, they make her really nervous. The game plan today was for Gemma to hold on to we second place standing. What this meant was I was going to have to push both my [...]

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Coastal Challenge Stage 3 – No Quotes This Time

Early and at mid-point of today I had a couple ideas / thoughts for how I could kick this off. Given how was feeling yesterday with the heat and getting going this morning briefly considered a lame R. Kelly reference to “My mind is telling me no, but my body is telling me yes.” Then [...]

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Coastal Challenge Stage 4 – The Tortoise & The Hare

As the week and race go on, the team both as a whole and individually is getting stronger. This really is a great experience to be watching and participating in. Today was Pavel’s toughest day spending almost the entire day on his own and four hours without really seeing anyone. The challenge was magnified by [...]

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Coastal Challenge Stage 5 – Control the Great

  Control the great in yourself, think fundamentally and do not confine this to what can be measured. The great thing about no longer racing is the opportunity to see everyone finish and to go out and cross the finish line with each teammate. Today had some amazing story lines and it was a privilege to have a front row [...]

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Coastal Challenge Stage 6 – Spark by Irreplaceable Spark

The reason we race isn’t so much to beat each other, but to be with each other – MacDougall A year in the making, all six of my teammates have now crossed the finish line at the Coastal Challenge. At different points over the past week each person has been pushed beyond a place of [...]

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