A FEW YEARS ago I watched a movie based on the true story of Erik Weihenmayer, the first blind person to summit Mt. Everest. He was born with a disease that caused him to go blind by age 13. He went on to complete the Seven Summits in September, 2002.
Today I read about Simon Wheatcroft, a blind runner who is in training to complete an ultramarathon with a distance of 100 miles, the equivalent of almost four standard marathons. Damn. Some people have a lifelong goal to run a marathon, but four? At once? Simon’s first attempt at an ultramarathon came in the Cotswolds 100 in the UK. Below is a graph of distance vs. elevation. Mile 80 doesn’t look pleasant.