This past week I had the honor of being a part of something truly special. Scott Jaime, wife Nicole and father-in-law Rick started a journey in Durango, CO on August 16th with a goal to end in Denver, CO on August 24th. The objective was a new FKT (fastest known time) on the Colorado Trail but the actual reward was far greater.
Scott’s physical performance goes without saying. Averaging ~60 miles and ~11,000’ per day for 8 days on little sleep through the toughest mountain range in the US. However, his mental performance was truly remarkable. There were low points - an upset stomach, a wrong turn, a torrential downpour - but Scott never faltered, never complained. He would turn quiet and press on. Steady Eddy-mode as I called it on the trail.
It was this composure that impressed me most. A true example for his sons. An example of a father, husband and co-worker balancing it all with the perspective and experience to see a bigger picture through any situation. When the journey reached it’s toughest point and Scott questioned its direction he was driven to push his limits out of love and example for his sons. By trusting the support around him and pushing his comfort zone he could set an example for Jaxon and Myles to do the same. To become something greater than themselves.
A new FKT was set and Scott achieved his goal. 8 days 7 hours 40 minutes 17 seconds. However, the real lesson behind the experience is not just the achievement of a tangible goal. The balance between a loving family, a stressful job and the desire to challenge himself centers Scott and keeps him composed. That is the lesson we can all learn from. I only hope I can do it justice.
Achieving Balance: THE COLORADO TRAIL will premiere in Spring 2014.