Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Back in to Adventure Racing

I'm really excited to be getting back into Adventure Racing again! I took a hiatus when I moved here, mostly because I didn't know anyone who raced out west. But, I got back into the swing of things last year with a bang by racing a monster 6-day expedition length race, the RTNX.

That was an awesome experience, but I raced RTNX with guys from all over the country, which makes it hard to train together and gel as a team. This year, I have found a local team, Git Some! So far, we have planned races that we can drive to, which will make racing much more affordable. Moreover, they seem to be at the right level of competitiveness, gunning for top finishes beneath the super fast professional teams. We are looking for sponsors! We will find out how good a fit we are on May 9th and 10th, when we do our first race together, the Buena Vista 24 Hour Race from the Gravity Play Adventure Extreme series.

I've met all the guys and have gone out for some training sessions with them, including a monster 13 mile trail run near Chautauqua. That was long and a lot of climbing!

Tomorrow we head out to Bear Creek Lake Park to practice paddling (figure out the best seating configuration) and get in a a night mountain bike ride. Whoo- Hoo - it's going to be 43 degrees and snowing! Should be good practice for being cold and miserable.

1 comment:

bbrooke said...

My orienteering club is setting the nav portion of the Buena Vista adv race. RMOC members get to do it as a Night-O on Saturday the 10th. We probably won't cross paths, but I'll keep an eye out for you. If you want some land-nav practice before the race, there's an unofficial training event in Nederland this Sunday, May 4th. Details here. In either case -- GOOD LUCK!