Changing the cut-off at WST
- I'm not 60+, but I find it often helps to try to look from someone
else's perspective. Let's see . . . suppose the cut-off for Western
States was twenty hours. I can't run this race that fast, so I'd never
be a Western States finisher. With such a cut-off (and appropriate
qualifying standards) the race would have an incredible aura: Any
finisher would achieve tremendous status. The competition would
be an olympic-level event. To say that you were accepted into, and
training for that race would really open someone's eyes.
Would I try to get the RD to dumb-down the standards to accomodate
me? That would reduce the race's aura. It'd be like taking the mountains
out of Hardrock, the heat out of Bad Water, or arguing that I should
be allowed to display my six-minute-mile prowess at the Olympic games.
Naw -- leave it alone. I'll respectfully relegate myself to spectator status.