Photo: Michael Cortez
“Be nice to people and always respect your rivals. But when the gun goes off, flip the switch and come out swinging.”
– Mario Fraioli, taken from a recent issue of his excellent Tuesday missive, The Morning Shakeout.
Normally, I couldn’t agree more with this racing philosophy. Granted, I have a hard time not silently cheering on my fellow competitors for their efforts, even when they’re beating me. Ultrarunning is hard and deserves respect. Yet when push comes to shove, out comes the inner competitor in me, and I’ll fight to finish a step ahead.
Every now and then though, the situation calls for a somewhat different approach.
When the opportunity arose for me to race Mokelumne River 50k in Valley Springs, CA I jumped on it. That’s in the Sierra foothills to those who, like me, had never heard of it. Not only did it…
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