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I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. - Phillppians 3:14

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

We've Come a Long Way Baby!

Look...a place to even put your has to be 5 1/2 inches though...

In my Junior year 1987 High School year book, I remember a picture of me, dressed in white cotton pants,a pastel colored shirt, Rayban Wayfarers on the head and topsiders with no socks on the feet....looking like I had just got off the set of Miami Vice. For some reason the picture was taken with me being in the schools computer know the days of DOS. For those under 30...we didn't have Windows or graphical user joke...this was right after Moses came off of Mt. Sinai with the Ten Commandments and Al Gore invented the Internet.;-) In fact the Internet was only amongst the University and Government Realms...and no...not everyone had a fact...most people didn't! Fortunately, I never knew the punch card days...that was right before the 10 plagues of Egypt...and some claim that the punch card was the 11 plague. But I digress...there I am sitting at a computer and next to the photo is a quote by yours truly. It says something to the effect that everyone needs to develop some proficient computer skills as they are in the future. Unfortunately, I didn't put my money where my mouth was and invest in Microsoft, Apple or Google....if I had...this blog would have been written on the Riviera.;-)

Twenty-two years later, I sit pounding away at a keyboard. Back then I could not fathom what was to come in the world of 1's and 0' computers have become a necessity, not a luxury. Two weeks ago our desktop crashed and for about 5 days you would have thought the apocalypse was nigh...and it was not just me and the wife...but all of my kids...including the 3 year old.

I'm not telling you anything you already don't know.

About two year ago I started blogging, mainly to document my training and running has morphed into me talking about anything I want to and giving a glimpse into who I am and how Team ELLIOTT rolls.

A couple of years ago when I lost all my marbles and encroached in the Ultra marathon World, I needed direction...(keep your snide comments to yourself...your probably right...I still need direction, or at least adult supervision.) I had more questions than I had answers...form everything training to everything nutrition. So what do I do...go to the Internet. To cut to the chase, I began reading some Ultra guys' blogs...and then had the audacity to email one of them asking questions. He emailed me back with paragraphs on top of paragraphs...answering all the questions in minute detail. Thus began my correspondence to Rick Gaston. At one point we exchanged phone numbers. His comment was "Dave call if you need more help." I have made a lot of Ultra marathon friends here in Dallas...but Rick is the only one to be there from the very beginning. (BTW...Rick can flat out RUN!...finishing a 100 miler in less than 20 hours and a 50 miler in less than 8 hours.)

My blogging and correspondence with Rick happened concurrently...and as you know...blogs are like can't just stop at one. Through Rick, I got to Donald's Blog. Donald is actually a professional writer...and he, like me, will blog about running, U2 concerts, the kid's latest outing...the Charlie Brown Christmas special...anything. Donald is an Ironman triatlete and finished the Western States 100 miler this past year and even having a really bad day....nearly ran it in less than 24 hours. We have agreed that we may be brothers from different mothers...except he can run fast. Actually most of our correspondence is about music...and can you really separate Sting from The Police....he claims you have to. I don't know if you can.

So from Rick's blog I got to Marcy's Blog...and from Marcy's, who no longer blogs, I go the Missy's Blog...Ironman finisher and a triathlete with some serious bringing home hardware for her age group skilz...and a wicked sense of humor. She is always the encourager....I think at one point, Missy gives me a shout out on her blog...and Shannon comments on my blog..and now ...well add her blog to the list.

Shannon is a professional trainer, cyclist, and triathlete....tough as nails...rides centuries just to warm up....and her sense of ha ha Funny! She encourages every step of the way. Shannon marches to a different drummer and we both agree that we both have the same drummer...a true kindred spirit...a Twin (mother probably was a gypsy).

I say all that to say this...because of the Internet....I got 4 friends that I otherwise would have never had...2 of them are on the West Coast...and 2 of them on the East Coast...kinda. I have never talked to any of them except Rick. He called after I pissed myoglobin during a 50K Texas July Training Run...early in my training...and I emailed him a bit freaked out...ok, REALLY FREAKED OUT!...we now talk occasionally, usually to encourage and find out what is on the racing docket. Oh, I have developed some really good friends locally in the Dallas Ultra community too...but it's nice to have these four around as well.

I follow other fact enough to make it difficult to keep at the end of 2009, 22 years after I made a quote that this computer stuff is going to catch on....little did I know how embedded it would become in my life...bringing me into contact with 4 really great people who I admire and whose opinions I respect...kindred spirits...except they are far better athletes than me.

Happy New Year...and on to 2010...may all your runs be swift, your rides be fast, and your races be epic....and if you do that swim thing...well, God Bless Ya.

Next up..what is on the race schedule...time to get serious.


Shannon said...

..kindred spirits...except they are far better athletes than me.....

I agree with the kindred spirits but TOTALLY disagree on the "far better athletes" stuff...whatever.....

Anyway~ let me get all girly on you and tell you how I smiled from ear to ear when I read your comments! Like the smile you get when you find those "foxy" heels stand in front of the mirror and say, "dayum I'm foxy!" giggle

Always & forever well be friends Twin! BET.....muah....

Missy said...

So, yes, OK, go tell your wife that all women think you're the nicest man in America? Mmmkay? I'm sure she'll probably giggle and punch you in the shoulder and only THEN say, yeah, I know.

This whole 'thing' has been pretty amazing. I would have told you (10 years ago), no way, too creepy. Well, it's just the way it is. I'm just glad to have found freaks like me!

Thanks for all your encouragement and kind words over the years. As you know, you have to dig into those deep places when it gets 'dark' out there and just sometimes a Dave or Shannon pops into your head!

Happy New Year to you and the fam!

Gotta Run..Gotta Ride said...

Now how great of a post is this!! Love it and love what blogging has done in the ways of connecting all of us "crazies" together.

You asked if all of the ultra running help when I made the transition to cycling...well... yes and no. I have a great endurance base BUT cycling uses a total separate group of muscles. So I had to work..a lot.. but I am SO glad I stuck with it. My heart still longs to do Ultra’s but the fact of the matter is that I just could not get the stomach issues while running the longer distances under control. So that is my story… still one day, maybe even this coming year, I will return for a trail beating fun party.

Donald said...

Hey - thanks for the shout out! I feel the same way about a lot of bloggers. I always say I need to trim my blogroll to spare some time, but I can never get around to doing it.

Happy New Year, Dave. You've comme a long way for sure.

Ryan said...


Makes me feel all sappy and weepy...well, not really. I just wanted to stick with the theme.

Now you can say that you have 4 really good friends and 1 really strange, kind of creepy, internet weirdo that you have bonded with due to endurance sports and blogging.

Happy Holidays!

Rick Gaston said...

I had a college data entry job where I worked on old WANG computers - green type on a black screen.

Dave you make me sound like a superstar. I'm glad to have been able to help and now that you've done a few races you now know that this is how we roll in ultra. On and off the trails we try to take care of each other. You've come a long way and I hope the extended rest has got you ready for a new year.

Happy New Year to you and the family.

djstreet said...

Another great blog, Dave, and I suspect that you are right up there with the athletes you were talking about. How could I forget about the old, floppy disks? I do, however, remember your Miami Vice look. Time sure flies! : )

Mark "The Naked Runner" said...

I love how you've progressed! Hell, I love how I'VE progessed! haha I was and am still so proud of you for finishing that first 50 miler and I am so glad I was there for it! Can't wait for 2010!! Let's rock it out, brutha! Peace!

Jo Lynn said...

I came over to thank you for the comment you left on my blog today. You're right, ya know! I know better than that. I am all about having fun.
Thanks for the reminder. ;)

KK said...

I thought I was subscribing to your blog a long time ago. Dang, I guess not! Anyway, I'm watching you now (and will love to glean great info from your experiences).

Wow, what a flashback to 1986 when I graduated. Mine was the last class in CA that WASN'T required to take a computer class. I breathed a sigh of relief. I hated those things! That DOS was so confusing. Thank goodness it's all so much user friendly now.

Great post, my friend!