|Sunrise 2010 by Louis Escobar|
I believe I am capable of translating into words what the crewing experience has once again given me, but I think by now you must see where I am headed so I will refrain from too much of the hokey pokey crap and put it like this.
|Heading to Darwin Day 2, 2011|
As a runner you put yourself through certain torture; pain, discomfort and internal struggles. As a crew member we sacrifice vacations in order to perform menial tasks and often quite nasty ones at that. We are pacers, nutritionists, drivers, hydrators, mathematicians, blister poppers, psychologists and most importantly motivators and friends to our runners when they need us most. In the end, we sleep little, stink big and feel a great sense of accomplishment as the friend we have come to help succeeds. I want to convey the following to all those who think we are crazy and even those who don't but are not sure what it's about. I can assure you this journey is a life changer. It is filled with friendships old and new, adventure, inspiration, emotion, commitment and so much more. I have completed 4 one-hundred milers and while I can attest to the new vision these experiences have given me, plain and simple this event is bad ass and just kills it on so many levels.
|BW 2011 Finish (Jason, Me, Julia, Tony, Ginette, Alli, Chuck)|
Here are some stats from my crewing experience this year, most of which are approximate and include runner and crew.
- 30 gallons of water
- 100 lbs of ice
- 75 S-caps
- 100 Hammer Gels
- 12 servings Perpetuem
- 20 servings Heed
- 3 servings Ultragen
- 3 lbs of turkey
- 2 lbs of cheese
- 2 loaves of bread
- 6 pbj sandwiches
- 2 liters Mountain Dew
- 2 gallons Gatorade
- 1 liter Gingerale
- 1 quart OJ
- 10 Red Bulls
- 2 Cantaloupes
- 1 large smoothie
- 6 ice pops
- 4 popped blisters
- 1 tube Sportslick
- 3 cans sunscreen
- 15 Tylenol
- 1 Rattle Snake scare
- 135 miles by Tony in 39hrs 59min
- 3 crew members pace about 40 miles each
- 550 times getting both in and out of the crew vehicle
- 45 hours no sleep
- McDonald's and Beer post run
- 3rd Badwater Buckle for Tony:)
Tony for trusting me with his life! And for kicking ass up Whitney so we could buy beer before the store closed.
Jason and Chuck, you guys rocked it and were amazing to crew with.
Ginette, Julia and Alli for putting up with our stink, keeping us well supplied and giving Tony motivation when he needed it most.
All the other Badwater runners, crew, volunteers and staff for making this experience what it is.
And once again, my ever supportive and trusting wife Tani for encouraging me to continue on this amazing journey.