Wasatch turned out to be a far better, and tougher, experience than I imagined. 2nd place finish in 21:19. I also came away the proud new owner of the Grand Slam record (for the non-ultra running geeks: overall fastest cumulative time for running the Western States 100, Vermont 100, Leadville 100 and Wasatch 100 in one summer). I'm not sure what this means to me or for me just yet, especially since I haven't even slept since before the race, but for the short term I know it means sore feet and legs. In all seriousness, I am very proud of the Grand Slam result. Mostly because of the lifelong memories, lessons and experiences with great people running the Grand Slam has provided. In addition, I owe this new found success to many, many people who have inspired me to become the happy runner I am. Going after Joe Kulak's Grand Slam record was never on my running goal list, it sort of just developed as summer went on. Nonetheless, I will honor it until the next runner comes along and bests my new time standard.
I will post a Wasatch report and pictures here in the coming days. Please come back and visit.