EARNING MY STRIPES
Not the rainbow stripes on the cap.
Not the metaphorical “stripes” one earns with some heroic deed.
But those stripes of salt and minerals perspired out during last weekend’s 24 Hours In The Old Pueblo.
I earned those, believe you me.
Through stupidity and irresponsibility, when it comes to managing my water and electrolyte intake.
Warm, windy and very dry conditions led to severe cramping in every muscle in both legs. I’ve never, ever experienced such severe cramping in a lifetime of athletic pursuits.
After trailside massages and a long walk back to base camp, I took a few hours off and a few of Rhys’ Enduralyte supplements and felt much better.
Gatorade just wasn’t enough.
Those salt stripes are a good indicator of what my body lost.
And the knowledge and wisdom gained.