I'm dreading it too, Albert, especially because when I look at the list that Tim posted, it's obvious that I'll be finishing DFL in it.
What does the 'handicapping' thread do? Does it create a competition between
TRL members? That seems like it would be against the mission statement.
Edit: The more I think about it, competition does help people accomplish their fitness goals ... but in a large marathon like CIM I think its everyone against their goal helping each other but probably not against each other ... unless that helps them accomplish their goals?
I am not running CIM but am looking forward to it and other races for the following reasons:
1) Because I have now actually met
a few people in the running community who are consistently driven to improve themselves and hope to see them affirm it in a race.
2) Because I love to follow running and it is a lot more fun looking at the results of races I am not even in when I know a couple of the names.
3) Because now that I have a small amount of insight into the training of those involved I can possibly gleen both negative and positive insights to help me improve my own running.
4) "I know of no more encouraging fact than the unquestionable ability of man to elevate his life by conscious endeavor" Ralph Waldo Emerson and it is inspiring to watch it happen.
I think Hockey Puck is right about running your own race. Go out there, test yourself, and see what you're capable of.
Good luck and I hope y'all crush the CIM this year!