Gregg Geerdes is a former member of Connections. Along with his wife Janet, he is living in California preparing to go overseas in service to our country. This is his story.....
The Road to Badwater
by Gregg Gerdes
I can’t give you a definitive answer as to when I started on this path. Was it when I first applied to the 2009 race while in Baghdad? Was it after I ran my first ultramarathon in 1997? Was it when I began running early in the morning while in grade school? Or maybe have I always been on this path and just now become aware of it? I don’t know. What I do know is, now that the race is over, Badwater was an amazing memorable section of road along a much longer road, a section of road through the desert that I will remember for as long as my memory serves me well. Here is my story.
In 2009 I had received my orders to Taiwan. You might say that preparing to move to another country is enough to keep a family busy; between selling our home, learning Chinese, and saying our goodbyes to so many amazing friends, we didn’t have much time for additional pleasures, yet alone challenges of a lifetime. However, on February 18, I was accepted into the 2010 Badwater Ultra marathon, a 135-mile race through Death Valley, considered by many to be the world’s toughest foot race. How can you say ‘no’?
- Lesson Learned: You can do more than you think you can, but it will take sacrifice
- Lesson Learned: You need good friends; they will help you through everything
- Lesson Learned: Seek the Lord in all things
- Lesson: You need to ask for help
- Lesson: Train specific for your event
- Lesson: Seek advice from people who have experience
- Lesson: Plan early and if you don’t have that skill, find somebody who does to assist you
- Lesson: Pray for everything and then leave it up to God, he usually has a better solution