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?