April 25th-27th- Team YogaSlackers Adventure Race Training Camp & Smith Rock Spring Sting ! The team of Chelsey, Jason and Daniel were amazing at being professional & fun, while working with us all at the appropriate skill levels & finding our edges to nudge at. More than generous with all their personal skills/knowledge, years of learning, generous in sharing stories and lending out loads of amazing gear! Interval/base line training, basic-to not so-basic mountain bike skills, nutrition, navigation, pack rafts/ water, team dynamics and roles, gear, bike maintenance, we covered a lot of things in the two days pre-race.
Things that stand out as bonus awesome: mountain biking at night! all girl team, paddling the river like I was surfing with Amy & Mallory, falling down and getting up aka: learning mountain biking
if I can get myself lost, I better get myself found. Maps, compass and observation of where you actually are and where you are going…… the less stuff you carry the better, decide if you are riding clip-less or flat pedals in advance, after the race, eat 3 dinners in one night and wake up in the morning, at 5:45am ready for breakfast #1 ….
wow- can I say it was fun! if you think that walking across a river with a mountain bike before attempting to ride uphill, or pack-rafting in water that was a little to cold for some, while looking for check points marked with orange tape is fun, than hell yes, it was awesome fun.
movement meditation- focus on the task at hand- keep moving with your team
repeat? another one of these AR things? I am thinking to do another one of these 8 hour adventure races, closer to home, 7 weeks from now, (June 21st) really feel the inspired commitment and desire to continue to suffer well, & move a little faster! I have until May 31st to sign up and will just continue training in case I decide yes ( gots a few details to work out, like getting my own mountain bike…. ) & will be a different team…. sounds like the start of an adventure.
gratitude is where its at!
Thank you to Bend Racing, JandC Training, Team YogaSlackers, Chelsey, Jason, Daniel, Deven, Barley Corn Cooks, TEAM BABS!! Betty & Blaze, AR Camp awesome folks, Smith Rock State Park, Ellsworth Bikes, Toesox, Prana, Fleet Feet and all the amazing support of the Smith Rock Spring Sting.
check out BendRacing.com and get moving
photos: http://dirtylittlerunnergirl.smugmug.com/Spring-Sting-2014 (thank you for the amazing photos! )