Rock Bottom – Day 3 Los Gatos, CA
Only three days in and Tim hits rock bottom. Months of training, countless hours preparing logistics, little sleep, triple-digit temperatures, insufficient calorie intake and anxiety for what lay ahead all contributed to his body succumbing to the pressure on day 3. At the time, none of us realized the degree to which Tim was struggling. He pushed through increasing pain and weariness at mile 13, stopping only briefly to rub his aching left arch. Coach Mike encouraged Tim to alternate bottles of electrolytes and water. At one point, he broke out a Snickers Bar and Coke hoping the sugar would be enough to get him to the finish.As the sun dipped below the surrounding hills, Tim stepped onto the Los Gatos High School track where dozens of supporters gathered to cheer him on. Tim would say later, “It’s such an amazing feeling to come to the finish and see everyone in these red shirts. It feels really good, it feels like I’m floating.”
With nine laps to go, Tim’s fatigue and pain were evident to everyone. This is the point where we as filmmakers wondered if we would have a complete story to tell. Would he finish today’s 26.2 route? Is this journey done on Day 3? During the final 9 laps those questions were answered for us as we witnessed the power of the human body and spirit when focused on a goal greater than one’s self.
Directors Note: Today’s video blog doesn’t reveal the extreme challenges Tim faced on today’s run. You will only see these scenes on the DVD. Order Now: www.featmovie.com/store.html