…Back when I was playing baseball, my idea of a long run was First to Home. My idea of a long run was having to chase a fly ball down in the left Centerfield gap. —Eric Byrnes
For a professional athlete the prospect of retirement is quite a different experience than it is for the rest of us. Former major-league baseball player Eric Byrnes has been able to combine his knowledge and experience of the game into a successful career as a studio analyst on the Major League Baseball Network.
But what about the body? How does a pro athlete transition into a less active lifestyle? Tennis, golf, and beer-league softball may appeal to some people but Eric has chosen a different path: Ultra-marathon running.
Mr. Byrnes has challenged himself to become the first former mainstream professional athlete to complete the 2016 Western States 100 Mile Endurance Run. The race takes place between the towns of Squaw Valley and Auburn in California’s Sierra Nevada Mountains. Facing 18,000 feet of elevation gain and 23,000 feet of descent, the physical and psychological limits of each participant are put to a grueling test. At the end of the day what is the reward? A silver belt buckle for those who finish under 24 hours.
Inserted below is a trailer for a documentary film about Eric Byrnes and his journey of inner discovery.
It’s not about the prize. It has nothing to do with the reward, the reward is a process. What drives you? What motivates you? What gets deep inside you and let’s you know that you’re alive?
May the wind be at your back,