It was a race that exceeded my expectations in every way. It was harder than I expected, I achieved more than could ever have asked for, I enjoyed it but most importantly the sense of pride and achievement is unparalleled in anything sporting I’ve ever done.
Susan and I made the complete hike in 4 1/2 hours and I was never so happy to be done with an endurance event: 16hrs 26min which was 23rd place overall and almost an hour faster than last year. And a year older, too. For the second year in a row I was the oldest finisher, which I’m actually proud of being able to do.
As I neared the straight part near the finish, I was greeting my a shout, "Papi". Up ahead of me, my 5 year old son Benjamin came running towards me, his little feet moving as fast as they could and his face split into the biggest smile. I wanted him to finish with me. "Come on Benjamin, lets do this. Keep up" I told him. Laughing as he ran, he kept up with me the last 300 m to the finish line.