Saturday morning I watched a young woman line up with a group of fit men and women of all ages, each one determined to conqueror a fifty mile race.
After eight hours on the trails she had to relinquish that goal, admitting that today it was not to be.
She arrived at the finish line in a car instead of running through the finish chute. There were tears and slumped shoulders as she was embraced by the director and co-director of the race and words of encouragement were spoken for her ears only.
Some might say she failed today – that defeat won – but I say she exhibited a champion’s spirit when she toed the line at six a.m.
Not many of us have experienced the physical and emotional pain that comes when you have reached your limit and gone beyond, mentally thinking…one more mile…when it is no longer possible, she has.
Indika, in my book you are a real winner.