Our last post was almost 2 years ago!? Not acceptable. We’ve done some races since then. I’ve been lazy. We’ve been injured. The team composition has changed. We took a break. I’ve become slower. My motivation took a nose dive. I’m struggling to get back in the game.
All of these things you would think would make good posts. But life and work, and every other nit picking excuse has kept me from pounding the keyboard. I forgot why I write, and I forgot how to enjoy the journey. Let’s hope that has changed.
A big heartfelt thank you to those that supported and followed our team in 2017. It was a tough season that didn’t quite end the way that we had hoped. Hurricane Irma decided to crash through our area on Sept 10th-11th, forcing FLX to cancel the FL24, our last regular race of the season.
And with post-hurricane recovery, there was just no way that we could make USARA Nationals on Sept 22nd either. A real bummer as we were really looking forward to racing against some of the top U.S. teams. However, when all the points were counted, we ended the season 5th overall and we’re extremely proud of that accomplishment.
A huge thank you to Ana and Todd, the best teammates ever. There’s no one else I would rather get lost in the woods with. Thanks for always making it fun.
So, what will 2018 bring? Who knows? A higher level of bad assery? Perhaps. But, I’ve recently reacquired my addiction to chocolate cake and good beer…so maybe not. Regardless, I appreciate everyone that follows along with our antics. I hope we bring some humor to your day and maybe even a little inspiration…maybe…just a little…hello?
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:
Donation per lap for Lucas our 9 year old son
Donation per lap for Nolan our 11 year old son
Donation per lap for David (He’s getting a little old and his knees are a little shaky)
Donations per lap for Ana (She’s a diesel that may just chug through the whole night)
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.
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.
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 😉
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.
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 ^^^
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.