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Virtus Update – Non-Race Coming!

Bob Jenkins decided it was high time to get organized, so he called the first ever Team Virtus meeting.  It was tough to find a time and date that worked for everyone, but we did the best we could.  Those that couldn’t make it either called in or provided us with any important info before the meeting.

I was the first to arrive, and after Bob hit me with the super-secret callsign (“Leonard 5″), I of course answered with the super-secret countersign (“Quellish”) and was allowed to enter.  Bob was already cooking up some grub and had the place completely ready for the team.

 

Bob's Poker Table

Bob's new poker table complete with beautiful decorations... and flowers too.

Shortly thereafter, Robby Brown arrived.  After a short pause, Robby remembered the countersign and entered to find this waiting for him:

 

Team Virtus Food

Damn, Bob! You went all-out!

Our friend Adam, who is joining us at the High Profile Adventure Camp and Lightning Strikes Adventure Race (LSAR) in April, arrived.  Unfortunately, he didn’t know the countersign, but we let him in anyway.  Although, if we had known how hideous his shirt was, we might have refused his entry.  It was so hideous, that I can’t show it with good conscience on our blog.

 

Adam Lafoon

Trust me... I just saved your keyboard from a downpour vomit. You're welcome.

We even had a dry erase board that we used to keep us on topic.  It worked for the most part, but there were still many moments of off-topic hilarity that ensued.

 

Virtus Meeting Notes

How legit is this? Too Legit. That's how.

We went over our tentative race schedule.  It’s not official, but we managed to decide some of the bigger races in which we’ll be dominating this year.  Team Virtus, in one form or another will be attending The Bonk Hard Chill, High Profile Camp and LSAR, Dirty Kanza 200, Lionheart 24 Hour AR, The Berryman Adventure 36 Hour AR, and The Thunder Rolls AR.  While there are many other shorter races that we’ll be attending, such as the Castlewood Cup 15K and the Ava Brown Memorial 5K, as well as some other longer races that we hope to make it to, these are the big dogs we’re definitely shooting for.

Next up on the agenda was our upcoming Non-Race.  Bob and I have done some scouting, but Bob has been the true driving force behind this thing.  He has mapped out the entire bike leg of the race, and he has scouted most of the orienteering sections as well.  We both hope to get out there soon to finalize everything.  But here’s the BIG ANNOUNCEMENT: The Second Team Virtus Adventure Non-Race (so named “The Deuce”) will be held in the Jefferson City/Holts Summit area on… Drum roll please… March 13th!!! Mark your calendars, and be on the lookout for more details very soon.

 

Bob doing mapwork

Bob shares his evil plan... Muhwahahahaha!

 

Adam had to leave us at this point, but Zack managed to make it.  He didn’t know the countersign, though, but no one was surprised by this.  It’s rare that Zack can make it to this kind of thing, so we let him in anyway.

We then discussed sponsorships.  We have a few new sponsors, but I’d like to save that for a future blog post to give them the attention they deserve.  So stay tuned for that.

Team Jerseys was the next topic of discussion.  After throwing around some design ideas, we realized that we don’t know what the hell we’re doing.  We’re hoping to get Mindy from Dreaming Tree Creative to help us out again since she blew us all away by designing our super-cool logo.

We weren’t done with the Jerseys, though.  We needed to decide if we want to get a “race cut” (aka – Euro-style jersey for super-skinny dudes), or a “club cut” (aka – a more relaxed fitting jersey for your average everyman).  In the beginning, this would have been an easy decision since everyone on the team was… uh… shall we say, “Rugby-esque.”  Now, however, we have as many skinny dudes (Robby, Drew, Darin) as husky dudes (Casey, Bob, and myself), and Zack falls somewhere in between.

So, we got Bob’s “race-cut” jersey out (from the same company that will make our jerseys).  It is an XXL, and I decided to be the Team Virtus Model.  It wasn’t pretty…

 

Luke in Jersey

Any similarities to real events or persons are purely coincidental.

 

Yeah, I felt like a stuffed-sausage in that thing.  I’m not sure Casey could have even gotten that thing over his barrel chest.  So my vote is for the “club-cut”, but we’re going to see if we can get a mix of cuts.

All that was left to do to finish the evening was to reminisce about past races by checking out some old photos…

Bob, Robby, Zack

Good times.

And then we had to compare battle scars…  Robby won…

 

Robby's ankle

Robby's almost all the way back.

 

So, that’s the rundown of Team Virtus’ first officially official team meeting.  Thanks to Bob for hosting and providing the delicious food and beverages.  It was a blast and, believe it or not, very productive.  And remember… The Non-Race is March 13th!!!

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