Monthly Archives: June 2010

Paddle, Run, Paddle, Prowler Push, and Pain… Oh, the Pain.

It’s hard enough to push yourself when training. So it’s always nice to be able to train with a teammate. Bob picked me up on Friday night for some fun/training/pain. We went to Binder Park here in Jefferson City, and we hopped in a tandem kayak around 8:30 or so.

We paddled across the lake (roughly a mile), and then we hopped out and hiked over to the red loop (my favorite trail to ride and run) for some running as the nearly full moon crested over the treetops. After running the 1.65 mile trail by the light of our headlamps, we headed back over to the kayak hidden in the marshy, brush.  We paddled back across the lake without the use of any artificial light since the moon was so beautifully bright.

Moon Shining on Lake

Binder Lake Looked JUST like this... Sort of...

After paddling the mile back across the lake, we loaded the kayak back onto the truck to head home. Now, this probably would’ve been enough for most mortals.  We are, however, TEAM VIRTUS.  So, we wanted to finish off the evening with some real pain.  We headed to the nearby school parking lot for some Prowler Pushes.

The Econo Prowler

This is actually the Econo-Prowler which is what we use

The Econo Prowler looks innocent enough, but don’t let appearances fool you.  You know what they say… You can’t judge a book by sticking your head up a Bull’s ass… No wait… It’s gotta be your bull…  Uh, wait… You know what I mean. Anywho, This simple sled is actually a device of self-imposed torture.  Seriously, I have a love/hate relationship with this bad boy.  It looks so easy, and at first it may even seem easy.  However, after the first 10 seconds or so, you start to realize that it ain’t so easy.  Then as you get 20+ seconds into a Prowler push, you realize that it kinda sucks.  By the time you finish, you want to die.

You can add weight to the Prowler to make it more difficult when doing sprints, or you can even have your training partner sit on it while you try to sprint with it (I think this is Bob’s favorite way to use it).  Or you can use the Prowler with no additional weight (it probably weighs 40-50 pounds by itself) and push it uphill or push it over longer distances.  Whatever way you decide to use it, you will experience pain… Lots of pain…

After the paddling and running, Bob and I decided to do some hill pushes followed by one long-distance out and back.  It only took 18 minutes (including recovery time) to completely destroy ourselves.  Here is video evidence (just remember… It’s MUCH harder than it looks):

By the way, that video was taken with my new iPod Nano 5th Generation that I got for Father’s Day (a big thanks to my wife and kiddos!!!).

So there you have it.  Just another day in the life of Team Virtus.  If you have questions or anything then please leave a comment.  Or if you want to join us next time then drop us a line, and we’ll be sure to let you know about our next date with the Prowler.

Until next time, keep on truckin’.  Onward and upward, my friends.

Pre-Riding Syllamo’s Revenge

I just wanted to share a few videos we took while pre-riding some of the trails at Syllamo, but be sure to read Bob’s race report from Syllamo’s Revenge to get all of the details.

During our pre-ride on Thursday, when we got to the White River Bluff Trail (the Green Loop), we decided to play around on the rocks a little bit. It’s always a blast, and I usually learn a thing or two. And just so you know, photos and videos never do justice to what it’s like when you’re actually there.

First up is Bob.  Let’s just say he gets quite familiar with his saddle…

That was actually Bob’s second attempt at clearing this.  His first attempt was better, and he almost cleared it on the first try.  Here you can see his third and more successful attempt…

So, Bob cleared it cleanly on his third try.  Now I don’t want to brag or anything, so all I’m going to say is that it did not take me 3 tries to clear those rocks…

My wheel nearly got completely stuck in that crack.  It was not cool.  Now here is a video of my SUCCESS…

Like I said before, it didn’t take me 3 tries to clear the obstacle.  It took me TWELVE tries!  It wasn’t as pretty as Bob’s successful run, but it felt good to clear it nonetheless.  In my defense, I actually cleared the obstacle a couple of times before my twelfth attempt, but I had to put a foot down after clearing it each of those times.  I was determined to ride away cleanly after clearing the rocks, so I kept trying.  I think you can actually hear the relief in Bob’s voice as he yells, “Success!”  He was pretty happy that we could finally continue riding.

I’ll try to add my own race report soon, but I thought I’d post these videos for all of you Virtusites out there.  Um… Yeah.  I just made that word up.

Race to the Dome Canoe/Kayak Race- Who’s In???

Race to the Dome Canoe Race, Jefferson City, MO

Bob just brought this to my attention, and I think we’re going to do this one as a two-man team.  Who else wants to do it?  It’s a 16 mile canoe/kayak race on the Missouri River from Hartsburg to Jefferson City on July 3rd, 2010.  It’s affordable, it’s close to home (for most of us), and it looks like a blast. Check out more info at

The best part is that this race will benefit the Missouri River Relief, a group “dedicated to reconnecting people to the Missouri River through hands-on river clean-ups and education events.”  This is the first year for this race, and it’s a grassroots kind of thing.  So come on out and join us.  It would be fantastic if we could get a bunch of Team Virtus members and friends out there racing in this.  At the very least, help spread the word by telling everyone you know about this race.

And seriously… You should do this one.  Yes, you.

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