February 19, 1997
After finishing four races in second place, my office began to think of me as the guy who couldn't win. The Combined Forces Air Component Commander, Colonel Dougherty, made fun of me, calling me the 'eternal second place'. It was good-natured ribbing but it bothered me that I'd come so close and couldn't win.|
Three days before I was to depart Turkey, I ran one last 5 kilometer run in the pouring rain. I almost didn't run it because I was on my way out and just wanted to relax. I woke on the morning of February 15, to feel the wind buffetting my tent, and the sound of pouring rain. I thought,"I should just stay in bed--it's been a good run". But then I changed my mind. I dressed down as much as possible to prevent myself from soaking up the rain, going sockless, with only my thin shorts, a thin shirt, and my running shoes, minus the insole.
Below, you see some cool pictures of my flight home. I flew out of Adana, Turkey, on February 18, had a transfer in Istanbul