Trust me when I say that Cavanal Hill, the "World's highest hill" is nothing shy of being a killer climb. Have you ever imagined trying to ascent a sheer vertical that turns your legs into mush while you try to push up the 4 more miles of hill? Well, in my slow build-up from the OKC marathon, I thought Cavanal hill would be the perfect last Oklahoma race for me plus I really wanted to see Poteau, where Ashlee went to school. Ashlee and me had the awesome chance to stay at the brand new HOliday Inn Express, we dinned at a really nice Italian restaurant, gazed at the awesome Carl Albert State College campus where Ashlee went to school, and we sipped on the best strawberry smoothies at the Coffee Cup. Trust me, those smoothies were SOOOOOO GOOOOOD! This weekend in Poteau was a dream come true. We had sooo much fun and it was the best thing since sliced bread to have Ashlee's family up at the hill with me along with Ashlee which made for a star-studded posse. To describe the race in one word, it would be "KILLER". This race is like a mini MountWashington Road Race which is saying something as I began the race at a fast clip say 5:30 to only come up the hill at say a 6:50-7:15 minute average. I almost missed the turn for the hill after the first mile but caught back on track and pushed my already taxed quads up the hill as the mist began to shroud me. I will admit, I was not ready for the race in many respects but a 37:23 win is great for my first time and makes me hungry for more. The road was steep and windy and it really tested my strength both physically and mentally. I am soooo thankful to have Ashlee and her family by my side on this ocassion as we made it to the top of the world's highest hill...together!!!! Words cannot express the day and it makes me refocused for the summer!