I wanted to get into Western States but as everyone knows, making it through the lottery is nearly impossible with only one ticket. I had a 4% chance and although I remained optimistic, I had a backup plan already in place -- the Tahoe Rim Trail 100. That's probably not the best way to pick a hundred and in fact, some sound advice from someone I've forgotten -- when you're choosing a hundred, you better love what you choose.
I didn't love it but after doing the training runs, I was amazed by the beauty and scared by the level of difficulty. I can't say I ever made it to LOVE but by the start of the race, I was definitely in deep LIKE. The video of the belt buckle really got me hooked on the idea so by the time I hit the starting line, I wanted to be there.