“The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.” - Mark Twain -
It wasn’t the crushing weight of a pack carrying sufficient food, water and gear to sustain this Okanagan woman for seven days. It wasn’t navigating the barren, inhospitable terrain of the high desert through Arizona and Utah. It wasn’t even the debilitating exhaustion and sleep deprivation, the incessant rain or the three inches of mud accumulated under each shoe. It was the blisters. Raw, swollen, blackened and bloody, she looked down at the things she used to call her toes and wondered, why? Why am I doing this?
It is a question 46-year-old Crystal Flaman, a professional speaker and social entrepreneur, has asked herself plenty of times during the course of finishing a host of extreme endurance races: 11 Ironman triathlons and two Grand-to-Grand Ultras (273-kilometres in seven brutal days, from the rim of the Grand Canyon to the summit of Utah’s Grand Staircase).