In my last post, I noted that in Bolivia I have the time and opportunity to train like I would like for a race like the Leadville 100. Currently I'm too much of a softy to leave Deneb home with the maid to get out for a long mid-week run, but were he in day care, that wouldn't be an issue. The real irony of having time to train in Bolivia is that, even while the time is there, it's the only thing I find attractive about being here.
This has put a huge strain on my relationship with my wife. I often find myself regressing and becoming a person I very much dislike.
There's a further irony. My wife is doing fabulously well career-wise here. In fact, I find great pride in the fact that she is such an influential person. In her current role, she has the capacity to actually make a difference for the environment. I have uttered on many occasions the phrase, "The only thing I give a shit about when I cast my vote is who will be a better steward of our lands." She would always have my vote, yet somehow finds herself essentially a dictator.
She is Executive Director of a small institute here which is looking for sustainable methods to harvest Bolivia's timber. There's more, but if I told you, then I'd have to kill you...
Anyway, all of this complexity ties into why it's too much for me to even attempt Leadville right now.
[editor's note - somehow I forgot to sign off]
Thanks for reading, and sometimes there are just some things which are more important.