Now publicly announcing your commitment to a race of this caliber, gives you that little extra needed push. It also makes it harder to back out and you have followers / supports to be there for you. My students talk to me daily about what I ran that week and every once in a while if I can really run 100 miles. It is not just about the race, it is the days leading up to it.
The Leadville 100 is so difficult that you can't just show up and wing it. You have to take it seriously, do your research, plan for it, and then put in the time. In a way, I say the same thing to my students, “You have to take responsibility for your education, if you wait for your teacher to tell you what to do, you are already behind.” Students tell me that they want to be film makers, animators, and game designers, very competitive industries, and I ask them “How bad do you want it? . . . Then what are you waiting for, start today.”
The cool part is that the students are following me from day one, my initial commitment, the website, my struggles, my training, my research, then the race, and some are actually showing up to run with me. How cool is that?