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Oh, the places you'll go

by Majellb
Friday 29th April 2016
Tags  Majell Backhausen   |   Dr Seuss   |   Skyrunning   |   UTWT
The Christmas break was the perfect opportunity to stop, yes, just stop, and smell the roses. Take a couple of days easy and think about the places you want to go and explore in the New Year. I have now done it for a couple of months but don't tell the coach.
Doing this opened the opportunity to volunteer at Australia’s first Vertical Km and crew at Australia’s longest single stage Ultra, Coast 2 Kosi. These were such RAW eye opening views of the sport we love. It provided a different perspective on and connection with, more great people involved in the community.
Watching races and not putting foot to ground has me thinking though… what to do and where to go.
Calendars for SkyRunning and UTWT were revamped and released for 2016 and a swag of new races have been announced from all corners of the world. It makes me excited and keen to get out the map and actually see where some of these newly listed races are!
Sichuan to Glen Coe to Waitakere to Mars… Mars is yet to be confirmed for 2016.
Recently crewing at C2K, I got speaking to Scotty Hawker (NZ trail bad ass) about geography, altitude and the Yading Skyrun one newly released race on the SR circuit.
Listening to his account of a recent visit to the region was pretty amazing. Excitement levels rose as he explained his experience of landing at Daocheng Yading Airport, the worlds highest civilian airport at 4411m and busting a gut to climb the airport stairs! So what will it be like to race there!? Damn challenging and RAW I think, Especially with stats like Starting altitude of 2,800m, race highpoint of 4,700m, and the wee 2,300 elevation gain over the first 25km!
It also sounds a bit daunting if you ask me, just like any exploration out of your comfort zone. However these are the challenges and experiences that stress us and thus force us to adapt and grow stronger both physically and mentally.  Nothing ventured, nothing explored, nothing learnt leads to nothing gained! 
The exploration and experiences on offer through the sport of trail running, as we see in the Yanding Skyrun example are really endless. We have the ability to travel to remote places, experience hidden cultures and meet great people who are also involved in the trail running community. Now this doesn't mean we have to travel to Sichuan! of course, because looking local we also have such hidden gems in Australia, such as Tasmania!
And it was on a recent running tour of untouched Tasmania with Find Your Feet  that my 2016 quote for the fridge/ corner of the mirror was found.
“Life Is Not Measured By the Number of Breaths We Take, But By the Moments That Take Our Breath Away”
I guess running in Yanding does both of these in one, so its high on the list!
Doing something that will take you out of a comfort zone is nothing but enlightening. Whether it is travelling to new places, experiencing new cultures, volunteering, riding a bike to work, running different races, eating more sustainable for you and the environment (#meatfreedays) or learning a new hobby. 

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