Team Nike just returned from Brazil where they raced in the Ecomotion Adventure Racing World Championships. In talking to them, it sounded like the heat was oppressive and the suffering was intense. Our team, made up of Mike Kloser, Monique Merrill, Chris Forne and Gordon Walker led for most of the race but a late navigational error put them second overall behind OrionHealth.com from NZ. The guys were a little disappointed for sure, but already focusing on Abu Dhabi next month. For that race, our team will be Mike Kloser, Michael Tobin, Chris Forne and me.
Nora, Ian, Karen & Paul on their way to 3rd place at the World Championships!
I also want to congratulate my friends on Team SOLE, who placed third at the race. SOLE took a nontraditional approach and raced with two women and two men (instead of the typical 1 woman, 3 men). Paul Romero, Karen Lundgren, and Ian and Nora Edmund (who were married two days before the race) had a very strong and smart race in order to beat most of the best teams in the world. Congrats! Check out more here.
Juniper, Ian, Zulu, Hank and I are all headed to Moab this weekend for more training. Gotta get ready for that Arabian heat!
Although most of the peaks and many of our trails have snow on them, it has been super warm this week which has been great for training. Now that the XTERRA races are over for the season, I am focusing again on adventure racing and more specifically the Abu Dhabi Adventure Challenge. This means more training, longer runs and rides and lots of paddling. All of which is awesome except for this thing called daylight savings. I plan on getting in some flat water paddling in the dark and making some trips to Moab in the next month for the best training possible.
Due to our unseasonably warm weather this weekend, Ian and I were able to get in one last ride in Aspen on the great Sunnyside Trail thanks to our friend Kara hanging with Juniper for the afternoon. After a quick trail run through our neighborhood this morning, I headed to the Colorado River for some upriver paddling.
No complaints here on the warm weather and the great training. Meanwhile, my teammates Mike Kloser, Monique Merrill, Chris Forne and Kiwi Gordon Walker are in Brazil defending the title for the Adventure Racing World Championships. Visit Sleepmonsters and Ecomotion to see how they’re doing.