SEARCH TO APPLY: Nadappathu nalamaagum naan - VJ: Nadappathu nalamaagum naan - Mp3 - Free.I’m standing at the top of the North Face Endurance Challenge, located on the outskirts of my hometown in Massachusetts. It’s the final night of the race, the 27th overall, and the only race on the 24-day, 2,000-mile, 7,200-foot vertical-mile race route.
I’m feeling at home. After a couple of hours of warm-up, I’m calm, confident, and a little bit worn out. While I don’t have the solitude of Alpenglow, the race organizers have provided a space to hang around and watch the riders pass by, and I can’t help but feel a little proud of my final leg.
While most of the field has passed by, there are still a handful of elites and teams around the fire pit. I take in the last bit of the sunset and put the finishing touches on my next to last piece of nutrition, which will be a protein gel to be chewed through some help from my watch. My eyes follow the retreating riders in the twilight.
I can’t help but wonder what it will be like when this race is over. The clock will tick for another 13 days and I’ll have nothing to look forward to except my nights of sleep on the ATC. I’ll be forced into this same routine for weeks at a time, living on my meager lean mass, and when my legs start to fall apart, I’ll wonder why I put myself through it. But the final night, that’s when it hits me: I’m free.
I’m free to go out on my own terms, to sleep late the next morning and reflect on what I’ve done over the last two years. I’m free to spend my days hiking and eating as much delicious food as I can. I’m free to head out to the shore with friends and surf on the days when the swell is up. 0b46394aab