I finally mustered up the courage to email Pete Ripmaster about coaching me for The Drift, a winter 101 mile Ultra, several months after being referred to him through a mutual friend. His first response was “Howdy Brother”. After that, we were off to the races. Pete’s council was unbelievably spot on and he had a plan. He held me accountable for hitting the mark on the workouts and was extremely generous with his knowledge and experience as I peppered him with questions. The goal, as we agreed together, was to finish my first 100 mile Ultra. The approach was to methodically prepare for the business meeting of a lifetime. The result was that I did finish The Drift, and the bonus was that I finished first on foot! Thank you Pete for being the expert in my corner!