Third times the charm


Photo by Myke Hermsmeyer


He did it.

Jim Walmsley set a new course record at Western States.

100 miles in 14 hours and 30 minutes. That’s 8:42-minute miles in one of the toughest courses on the circuit.

It’s a testament to the notion that we learn from our failure. That we only get further ahead when we first fall and fail.

People probably won’t remember his first two failures. Ten years from people will be talking about this legendary race and they won’t mention the year he took a wrong and got miles off course. They won’t talk about the following year when he got sick and took a DNF.

But they should.

Nobody starts at greatness. You get there after years of failure.



2 thoughts on “Third times the charm

    1. I don’t know if I agree. I’ve failed excessively. I’ve failed at work, and at relationships. I have failed and cost my family greatly, in time, money, energy and happiness. And yet – here I am. Here we all are.

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