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Adventure Addicts Racing: 'the Chill' 2017
Adventure Addicts Racing: ‘the Chill’ 2017

It was great to get back into Adventure Racing as I wasn’t able to do any in 2016. This time I stepped outside my comfort zone and registered for a race that was local vs. being dependent on my brother-in-law in Missouri taking care of everything (bikes, gear packs, getting us to/from the race, orienteering, etc). I was able to trick recruit three other Speed Sherpa teammates to try Adventure Racing while take a stab at being team captain… which really means acting as a “sherpa” to ensure everyone is prepared, ready for a great time, and does not include being able to read navigational tools (more details below). [ Read More... ]

Adventure Enablers: Resolution Trail Run 2017
Adventure Enablers: Resolution Trail Run 2017

For the past few months during the triathlon off-season, I’ve been drawn to running and biking outdoors in trails around the area to just “have fun”. I knew I needed a break from racing and simply enjoying being outside, and the time I’ve spent since the purchase of my new 2016 Scott Scale 930 Mountain Bike has made me feel like a kid again as if I were riding through the neighborhood “dirt trails” exploring new areas that have yet been charted (at least before they were destroyed for new home development). It seems to me I have a new calling to be out in the woods, so you are going to see a lot more of trail Ride / Run (Xterra) posts for 2017. [ Read More... ]

EX2 Adventures: Rendezvous Run and Ride 2016 Double Race Report
EX2 Adventures: Rendezvous Run and Ride 2016 Double Race Report

Sometime early September I was looking for events that would complete my 2016 race calendar that was NOT a triathlon. I had already lined up the 2nd annual Family Duathlon and the family 5K charity run at Old Bust Head Brewing CO., but the one thing that was missing was my annual fall trip to visit my sister and her husband in Missouri for an adventure race. [ Read More... ]

Harpers Ferry Photography
Harpers Ferry Photography

Over the weekend my parents decided drive the 600+ miles to visit us in Virginia. When my parents do make the trip, we usually visit one new tourist attraction and one new winery to serve as subtle reminder that if they moved out to the east coast we could make these types of events more frequent than once a year1. This year my parents requested a little trail walking as “Family Hiking Day 2016” was scheduled during the same weekend they were visiting us, and they have a goal to walk all of the Appalachian Trail (or at least in all states). We found the closest advertised event, which happened to be Harpers Ferry, WV. We had a great day of hiking, being tourists in the downtown area, and visiting Camp Hill. It was an excellent way to spend the day with family and the outdoors. They still haven’t moved, but we’ll continue to try. ↩ [ Read More... ]

New Site Redesign
New Site Redesign

Over the past week I’ve been fighting an infection that was draining all of my energy, rendering me incapable of working out1. This left me with some extra time on my hands to address that this site design has become boring to me and drastically needed a makeover! While reviewing different templates for the Jekyll static site generator, I eventually returned to the awesome page designer Michael Rose for his new Minimal Mistakes Theme. Not being able to exercise should be a good thing during the triathlon off-season, but it seems more detrimental to my mind and general wellbeing than expected. ↩ [ Read More... ]