Below is a trailer for a movie about Anton Krupicka.
In the last year, I have experienced extreme highs and extreme lows in my running. The extreme low was not finishing the Hole to Hump (bottom of the Grand Canyon to the top of Mt. Humphreys) and the extreme high was finishing the full Wonderland Trail (loop trail around Mt. Rainier).
With all the training it takes and all the effort exerted during ultras, it was difficult for me to deal with my DNF (did not finish) result at Hole to Hump. It became obvious that these events are at the edge and finishing is not a guarantee no matter how hard you train and how well you prepare. In fact, the odds can be very against you if you are really pushing your personal limit. But, knowing that it is on the edge doesn't mean that it is easy to just let go and move on after not finishing!
Anton just completed an extreme training cycle in preparation for the Leadville 100, an extreme ultra in Colorado. He was pushing to beat the record. On race day, he was in some of the best shape of his life and then it all fell apart during the event and he DNF'ed. He posted a thorough account of the breakdown on his blog and it was a great read for me considering all I have been though this year with the ups and downs of my ultra attempts. He continues to be an inspiration and a source of learning for me. Here is the story on his blog http://antonkrupicka.blogspot.com/2009/08/leadville-100-2009-dnf.html.
Below is an interview with Anton before the Leadville 100.
Below is crew footage of Anton winning the Leadville 100 in 2007.