10 Years Later: What Western States Means to Me

(Note:  This is the 10th anniversary of the synchroblog project.  Check out what Craig, Scott and Sean had to say about What Western States has meant to them)

Ten years ago, during the winter of 2008-09, after suffering through a summer which saw the cancellation of the Western States 100 for the first time in it's history, I was eagerly looking forward to beginning my training for what would turn out to be my 6th Western States Finish.

During that winter, Craig Thornley hatched the idea of a synchroblog and five bloggers (blogs were all the rage in ultrarunning back then!) Bryon Powell, Scott Dunlap, Sean Meissner, Craig Thornley, and myself all participated.  On this, the 10th anniversary of the synchroblog, a few of us have returned to where it all started to consider "What Western States means to me 10 years later."

I wrote my first Western States race report in my blog after the 2009 race.  It had been a brutally difficult day during which I barely slipped into the …