Text by Matt Gray
Photos by Travis Schultz
As I reach the summit, I turn around to admire the panorama of the Continental Divide behind me: massive, beautiful, breathtaking (of course that might have been the climbing). And I feel satisfied that for nearly half the day I've been able to focus on the Shambala Practice of the Lion ... something I set out to do at the starting line.
And while I achieved the Lion to an extent up until this point, the next descent and subsequent climb over the halfway point of the race, will rock me. Despite additional stunning vistas, blooming aspen groves, and meandering rock outcroppings, I'll need to withdraw back inward to fight through some aches and pains and rapidly decreasing motivation to carry on.