Monday, October 06, 2008


Just a quick note to let everyone who has been checking the time splits page know that Lisa is okay and at the hotel.

Lisa didn't make it to Almost Amboy this year, but did go far beyond what she was able to do last year. I'm afraid I don't have many details to offer, but I did get a message earlier on from Cathy about the weather: "bitter cold, rain and wind... Lisa is having a hard time with the wind. Very strong, gusty winds.... 30-40mph with stronger gusts."

As soon as I hear more, I'll give updates.


Anonymous said...

Thanks for posting the update.. glad to hear she's ok.

will abrams said...

Putting your toe or pedal on the start line takes tremendous courage. Training just happens. Commitment on race day takes strength. Lisa, you have the biggest heart of anyone i know. All the children dont care about the desert cup, just survival. You have ensured this!




Hart said...

ah darn. so sorry to hear that lisa. i hope you are safe and comfy. you put in an incredible effort and have inspired us all.

Joe said...

"It is good to have an end to journey towards, but it is the journey that matters, in the end."
- Ursula K LeGuin, novelilst

Lisa, what you have accomplished is amazing, and I don't mean the running and the cycling. While those are both incredible achievements and extremely inspirational, I am most inspired by what you have done for "The Children." As my friend Will said, 'the Cup doesn't matter;' you have sacrificed yourself (once again) for the benefit of others. In my book, that is the greatest accomplishment of all.

Anonymous said...

You are my hero and always will be, Cup or no Cup. You have the biggest heart of all the people I know and to all of us that know you, you are an inspiration.
Love and hugs to you,

Anonymous said...

The kids win no matter what and it's all because of your amazing heart and soul. Take care of yourself!

Becky said...

Lisa - I know you endured some pretty tough times out there. Know that in doing so, you have helped so very many kids! The journey and the process are what makes this so important and meaningful to the kids and all of us. You are such an inspiration! All the best to you!

Meredith said...

Lisa, I am so sad to hear about your race, but know that you always make t he best, smartest decision. I am so proud of everything you have done this summer in your quest for the children. You were herculean in your efforts this summer at Badwater and when you were done, you did not look like you did anything more than an easy jog. You are a super hero!

olga said...

Good quote Joe presented. And and the journey was not only the one from mile 0 to mile 4xx, but mostly to get to the starting line, and not only in good shape, but how many people you have touched along the way.

Anonymous said...

Dear Lisa,
God bless you.
I know this great disappointment of not completing an event. I failed to finish the 2002 MdS and at the wrap up party i was feeling extremely depressed. During that party, Kory Helean from the US team came up to me, gave me a big hug and said ' Kevin, you did enough'.
I can say that to you too Lisa, 'you did enough'. God bless you.

Anonymous said...

Do not beat yourself over the head about this my dear - you gave it
everything you had, and some that you did not. Your health is most
important, and you have 2 little girls to think about, plus your loving
Take time to recover, regroup, and then finish those last miles.
Rules of rally-car driving:
4 then go fast
These apply to endurance events too!

#1 priority is always safety, and didn't we exercise that option in BW?
I am very proud of you,

Anonymous said...

I am so proud of you. You put yourself on the line for the kids and raised over $500,000!!! That's what it's all about. You inspire me and so many people to live life to the fullest. Go home and rest, you deserve it. I am praying for your body to heal and for you to find peace with the fact that God is not done with you yet. You did not fail, because God can not fail and he was with you all along this journey. He has more plans for you, so until then, be proud of your accomplishments.

Anonymous said...


You did great! Hey, it's all about the journey, right? You have raised an incredible amount of money which will help kids have a chance at life! How cool is that?!? Anyway, your health is nothing to fool around with. Your kids and husband need you! Cuddle up with them and let their love heal you!
Love ya,

Anonymous said...

I think you're amazing for going to far on the journey even though it did not go as planned. It actually is a good lesson to me and maybe others about listening to and taking care of your body. We are both mothers and no matter what we need to be there for our children so I am proud of your decision not to put yourself in danger. There will always be another race but as far as I know we only get once chance at life!


Anonymous said...


I just wanted to offer that you are most definitely not a quitter, it takes a special quality to be able to face the 508 two years in a row. Most of us can only dream.

You should be proud of yourself, congratulations on finishing the Furnace Creek 450 + / - !!.

Best, Joe

Anonymous said...

oh lisa,

its with a heavy heart i read this and that is because I know how important it is for you to complete your goals...however i want you to know one thing reached the goal that God had planned for you...remember the plan is layed and its God's did exactly what God planned you to do ..and knowing you like i do i know you pushed most likely to a dangerous I thank God you listened...because had you not.. who knows what might have happen.. and those beautiful little girls of yours and Jay need you with my friend relax heal and most of all feel good ..for your self and all of those children all over the world whose lives are better because of you and who you are..i love you and miss you...and with all of my trials this past year from sick kids to dog attacks i really look at things differently these days..

please rest feel better and know how proud i am to say Lisa Smith Batchen is a friend of mine.

Love ya as always Crazy Aunt Diane