I'm into my usual taper before a 100-miler. Last month I went into Cascade Crest with doubts and fear. I go into Bear 100 with guarded confidence. The leg seems to continue to improve. With all the miles I did Saturday, I'm pretty much pain-free today. So I think I'm ready to push this race. My best time was in 2010, a 26:30. But that was just two weeks after a 28:30 Wasatch 100. Shouldn't I be able to come close to a 26:30, being more rested? Looks like I'll have one or two sons coming up with me to crew or pace. Weather looks perfect.