Now I've got you wondering! No, I have never done a recreational drug of any sort, yet one of the reCREATIONal drugs I do is to spend time in the mountains recreating. This experience always recreates me. I feel alive when I get up into the high elevations of Colorado. It really is the best kind of high!
This past week we were deep in the San Juan Mountains setting up tents for our business Global Shelters, while taking in one of the most intense physical challenges a human can undergo, the Hardrock 100. It is a running race held annually in July which connects 4 historical Colorado mining town towns by foot with a vertical ascent/descent of 33,145 ft.! The amount of stamina and fortitude it takes is nearly incalculable. We were especially intereted in watching Killian Jornet of Spain, undoubtably the greatest endurance runner of our time. He holds the course record of 22:41 which he put up in a clockwise running of the race in 2014.
I have recently completed Killian's new book and while he is more runner than writer, I really enjoyed the insight he gave on how he was raised. The formation his parents afforded him as he became a world renowned endurance athlete is incredible, from xc ski races, to long bike rides, to large European summits as a family at a young age, he really is unique. If there could actually be a half goat/half man figure, not mythical in nature, it's Killian Jornet.
There is just something about the heights which lead me to praise and adoration of such a generous Creator who delights me to enjoy the remote areas of Colorado. "In Him I live, and move and have my being," as Sacred Scripture says.
To the heights,
Killian in red, 6 hours into his 23:28min. race counter clockwise in 2015. He won!