Monday, 4 March 2013

Excited…exponentially so

I've been a Brisbane-based ultra runner for a long time now, so my name is fairly well known in the running community. When I meet new people at social functions for running friends, I often get the good old, "Oh, so you're Tamyka Bell!"

It's not uncommon to get asked what races I've got coming up. For the last six months, I've been solely concentrating on the Alpine Challenge, so that's how I've answered. And other runners seem surprised that there's really just one event on my horizon, but I don't even want to think about any other races until after this one. I just want to experience every moment of it—every training run, every map investigation, every list or spreadsheet in planning, every travel booking, all of it.

I think it's pretty obvious to others, and especially other runners, that I'm excited about this race. So they ask me about it, and I tell them everything I can. And when I share that excitement about the race—here's where it gets scary—

I get even more excited about it.

I just called Bogong Village to pay the last of my accommodation charges and Glen asked me why I'd waste a beautiful weekend in the Alps by running and…next thing I knew, I was twice as excited as when I picked up the phone.

I'm not sure this level of excitement is sustainable.

But it sure is fun!