Below is the content of an email I received yesterday.
Congratulations, you have been selected to participate in the 2012 Western States 100. This email is being sent to all individuals who have been selected via today's lottery, Montrail Cup, 2011 Top 10 runners, special considerations, etc.
Next week we will be processing your payments and will notify you if we have trouble. Please be patience while we work through all the entries and update the entrant's list online, this may take a couple weeks.
This is good news. I guess I'm headed to Squaw in late June. And any lingering, self-imposed-pressure thoughts I had earlier this fall of maybe running a Montrail Cup race in an attempt to qualify for WS, well, they're definitely gone now. I think I'll keep those travel expenses in my pocket and put them to use elsewhere, like maybe for a trip to France in late August to run around a big mountain, or for running the Grand Slam again. What a summer that would be.
Up until yesterday I couldn't give a damn about filling my 2012 race calendar. Now all of the sudden things are flipped and I am thinking hard about what adventures I might like to pursue. Crazy how that happens. No matter what, WS is paid for and I would be a fool to turn down the entry; therefore, running in California in late June is a definite. Sure, I'd like to show up with quick feet, too. That means a light early season race calendar. Easy enough. What about after that? Should I go for UTMB in August or run the Grand Slam again? What would you do?