In which the Backbone Buffoon holds forth on results and the proper Backbone mindset….
PR & FKT – it really doesn’t matter which one you go after, as either will only find corroboration from a source other than the official results. Why? Boner & Bonus Minutes, applied liberally, will yield the “official” results to be posted on UltraSignup at some point following our recovery from the games.
And if you’re concerned how it may impact your overall Ultra rating, fear not, for this 68 Miler just doesn’t align with the “standard” distances plastered all over the calendar. Want to improve your standing anyway? Well, suck up to the Vols and perform other deeds of note to earn valuable Bonus Minutes out on the Backbone.
As it is, all Coyote Vets enter the game with Bonus Minutes; others will earn still more for Thursday bowling; doing the Ray Loop and/or hanging out at The Patio on Friday; hopping a boat for whale watching on Friday; participating in Friday’s dinner; and engaging in other touristy things in the area pre-event. Get the drift? It ain’t a race; mentality centered on same guarantees Boner minutes to drop you further in the final ranking.
Let this sink in: those moving methodically to get the biggest bang for their bucks, and moving in camaraderie-rich Coyote packs, will earn Bonus Minutes to counter the Boner Minutes earned by those racing and running solo to the Finish. Welcome to the Coyote brand of ultrarunning!!