Relay for Life

Like many people, our family has been affected by cancer and we want to get involved in stopping this disease. We are trying to help raise funds for the American Cancer Society through the Relay for Life.  If you would like to help by donating, please visit our Relay for Life Team Page and make a single donation.

Or, if you want to have fun with this, give us a challenge and base your pledge on it.  Here are some examples we’ve thought of:

  1. Donation per lap for Lucas our 9 year old son
  2. Donation per lap for Nolan our 11 year old son
  3. Donation per lap for David (He’s getting a little old and his knees are a little shaky)
  4. Donations per lap for Ana (She’s a diesel that may just chug through the whole night)
  5. Donations per lap for Team Disoriented – all 4 members (Hope you brought your checkbook for this one 😉

Pick the challenge depending on how brave, or how much money you are willing to part with…or come up with your own.  How about how many lunges Ana can do around the track?  Or, a dollar for every minute she rubs my aching feet?  We’re game for anything legal.  The event last 12 hours and each lap is 1/4 mile.

If you want to make a challenge pledge, just leave a comment either here or on our Facebook page, or shoot us an email with your pledge and we’ll let you know how we did following the event.  Maybe we’ll have some challenges that we can post in real time over Facebook…that would be pretty cool.

Anyway, we hope you help out.

We’ll be going live on Facebook throughout the night to give you a feel for the event.

The event is 05/05/17 6PM – 6AM

Our team page for one-time donations is: http://main.acsevents.org/site/TR…

THANK YOU!

And thanks to those companies that make all of our events possible:
Skratch Labs, Voyager Made, EZUP Instant Shelters, Tifosi Optics, Geigerrig, Aquamira, Lupine Lights North America, Klymit, crankbrothers, #KanpasCompass

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Barriers to Entry

Okay, I try not to rant on this blog because honestly who wants to read someone’s ranting all the time.  But, today is different.  Today I want to talk about barriers to entry.  I hear it all the time about how there are so many barriers to entry when it comes to adventure racing.

  • You have to use a compass…
  • You have to plot UTMs…
  • You can’t use your cell phone or GPS…
  • There is too much gear to buy…
  • The races are too expensive…
  • I have to travel too far to race…
  • The races are too long, too hard, too…whatever.


Yep!  You’re right!  And that’s what makes this the “Best Damn Sport Ever”.  It’s hard.  Sometimes it’s a pain in the ass.  Sometimes you get lost, or you don’t finish a race.  Maybe your gear sucks.  That’s life.  I’m not sorry.  I’m not apologetic.  You want to play the game, then get the gear and get your butt out there and learn how to do it.


You want convenient, go run a 5k.  The course is marked.  You’ll be done in 30 minutes and can go home with your t-shirt.  You can impress your friends on Instagram with a couple of photos, hell you can probably tweet to them while running the course.  There ya go, no barriers to entry.  You probably already own a pair of shoes and you can probably swing the $30 entry fee.

As adventure racers, is that what we want?

Enough with the hand holding and wondering how do we get the next generation into this sport.  Maybe they’re too busy playing video games.  That’s cool.

The motto for Eco-Challenge, the race that started this for many of us, was:

For veteran adventure racers, Eco-Challenge is designed to punish, torment, and take no prisoners.  For the wide-eyed rookies, it is designed to be all but impossible.

People try things, they fail.  Or perhaps they don’t do as well as they’d like.  It’s okay.  We fail…all the time.  It’s adventure racing.  We’re not very good at it.  There are some REAL teams out there crushing courses.  We’ll never be half as good as them, but that’s okay.

The allure of adventure racing isn’t how easy or fun it can be made.  The allure is in the multi-faceted nature of it.  You have to do the disciplines but you also have to manage your team, your gear, your nutrition, yourself.  You have to be able to plot, to navigate, to read a map and compass.  It’s a lot, and it’s hard, and it’s not for everyone.  That’s okay too.

I don’t like basketball, but I couldn’t imagine someone lowering the barriers of entry for me.  I’m sure no one is sitting around thinking…man, what if we make the hoop a little bigger, or the post a little shorter.  Most people suck at dribbling, why don’t we just allow people to run with the ball instead of dribbling.

I wonder what other sports have people wondering, “How can I make this easier for someone.”

That’s right, none!

You gotta pay to play.  Gear, training, skills, experience, teamwork, If you want it, go get it.  It’s not fair, but it’s worth every damn penny.

2017 Florida Sea to Sea Tracking

Follow the shenanigans of Team Disoriented as we race non-stop across Florida in the Florida Xtreme 72 Hour Sea to Sea Adventure Race.

Race begins 03/02/2017 @ 11AM EST!

 

Live Tracking here: http://trackleaders.com/s2s17

Leaderboard updates here: http://flxadventures.com/the-florida-sea-to-sea-2017/

Photos, videos & other race stuff here: https://www.facebook.com/flxadventures

and here: https://gemspotsdev.com/flx

And while you’re at it, please check out those that have supported us even after they found out we weren’t super awesome 🙂

Voyager Made

E-Z UP

Skratch Labs

KanPas Compass

Lupine Lights North America

Geigerrig/Aquamira

Tifosi Optics

 

Rogaine Ocala here we come.

ROGAINE OCALA

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Nope, not that kind of Rogaine.  More like the, “pay money to go run and get lost in the woods for 8 hours” Rogaine.  Confused, yeah so are we.  We haven’t done one before but we’re actually pretty excited about it.  We figure it will give us a chance to practice our navigation skills, which are dearly lacking.  Most importantly, it will give us a chance to reconnect with our adventure racing friends that we haven’t seen for a long time.

So, my friend, slick back that comb-over and come get lost with us in the woods.  More info can be found here: Florida Extreme Rogaine Ocala and tell them Team Disoriented referred you…we’ll gladly take the race credits 😉

Another Quickie

I just created a public map where Adventure Racers can post their location and see if there are other racers in their area. Check it out and please add yourself. There is also a layer for adding race locations, if you’re feeling super productive.  Let me know if you encounter any issues accessing or editing the map.  The link to the map is on the top navigation menu or you can click the link below.

https://teamdisoriented.com/adventure-racers-map/

AR Map

A Little Quickie

With the Arctic Blast bearing down on much of the country, it’s a little too cold for this Florida boy to go out and train.  So, what I like to do is go to my YouTube Channel and put on an Adventure Racing video while I work out on the treadmill or stationary bike.  Unfortunately, I don’t have a rowing machine yet to complete the tri-sport training set.

Anywho, some of the videos are not in english, which is okay since I usually mute the sound and put on some jams (yep, I grew up in the 90’s).  Try it, you’ll like it.  If you come across any other AR videos on the web, let me know as I’d love to link to them.

You can also go directly to the playlist from the Inspiration page tab in the navigation bar above ^^^

Marathon Muzak

We need your help!  That’s right, all 3 of you that read this blog, we need your help.  My running soundtrack has become stale and I need to get a good playlist for the marathon.  So, take a second and try to think of 5 songs that you must have on your mp3 player when you work out and post them in the comments section.

Here are my 5 in no particular order:

1. Jet, “Are You Gonna Be My Girl”

A little old but still kicks ass…kinda like me 😉

2. All Time Low, “Weightless”

…and i’m over getting older.  Nuf said.

3. American Authors, “Best Day of My Life”

Reminds me of training with Stu.  Miss you man!  Even though you don’t read my blog, ya b@sturd

4. American Authors, “Hit It”

So, I’m an American Authors fan, so what.

Hilltop Hoods, “The Hard Road”

Ana doesn’t care for it, but I love it!

alright, one more ’cause it’s fun…

New Politics, “Harlem”

Shake it like a bad girl up in Harlem! How can you not like lyrics like that!

Do it, do it now.  Take 5 minutes and give me your 5 favorite workout/running songs.

A Great Teammate is Hard to Find

In adventure racing, as well as life in general, a great teammate is hard to find.  But, I must be lucky indeed because 18 years ago I married the greatest teammate for my life’s journey, a soft-hearted spanish girl that saw something in me worth sticking around for.

I didn’t have much to offer her.  There I was, a pack-a-day cigarette smoking enlisted guy in the Air Force, an F-15 aircraft mechanic that routinely ended my day exhausted and covered in hydraulic fluid or jet fuel.  Foul-mouthed and with no direction in life, my ideal breakfast was a 6-pack of powdered donuts, a Mountain Dew and a couple of cigs.  And there she was, a college graduate–top of her class–that worked her way through school, had motivation to succeed and enough energy at the end of the day to always go for a run or workout.

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We were an unlikely pair and while we struggle during our years of dating, our days together since our marriage have been wonderful.  Like a great teammate, she always gives every ounce of effort she has for the success of our team.  When I am frustrated, she always gives encouragement.  When I am bone-weary, she’s there to lighten my load.

Perhaps she knew that one day I’d give up cigarettes, start exercising and become a world-renowned adventure racer–still working on that last item.  More likely, 20 some years ago she saw something in me worth loving and I was smart enough to realize that I had just happened to meet the greatest person in my life and how wonderful my life would be if she was in it.

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Ana, I love you with all of my heart and I am so glad to be running life’s race with you.  Everything that I have accomplished is due to you, your love and your encouragement.  You have always been, and always will be my #1 teammate and I am very thankful that you chose to share your life with me.

Here’s to a wonderful 18 years and many, many more!

Now get out there and train damn it, we’ve got races to win!

Round the Bay Ultra Relay – What are we thinking?!

What happens when you miss the Turkey Burn Adventure Race and there aren’t any races until January and it’s winter time and you really want to go do something?  Well, if you’re Team Disoriented, you sign up for something like the Round the Bay Ultra Relay of course. Could there possibly be a better way to spend the Saturday after Christmas than running 36.8 miles in a big ass circle?

roundthebayThe good news is that we don’t have to do all 36.8 miles at once.  Rather, the Round the Bay is a relay race.  The bad news is that we only have 2 people on our team whereas most teams have 6 people.  Ana and I will both have to run 18.4 miles and we plan on doing it in 6 legs, alternating between legs.  The longest run I have ever done is a half marathon a little over a year ago, so this will be a challenge.  Ana is a running machine so I’m not concerned about her making it.  Unfortunately, Stu will be visiting with family and won’t be able to make it again–yeah, what’s up with that?