The Thunder Rolls Teaser

It will take us a little while to get all of our photos gathered up and to sort through all of our thoughts to write a full race report.  We should have it up early next week so be sure to check back in with us.

The Thunder Rolls Adventure Race Logo

This was one tough race, though.  I mean, there were a couple of times where I wanted to quit… really badly.  If you’ve never tried to paddle an inflatable packraft UP-river, then do yourself a favor… NEVER EVER attempt it!!!  Seriously, don’t even think about it.  Don’t believe me?  Check out this article, by Chris Johnson of the Ogle County News.

You can also check out a short video right here (also by Chris Johnson) that starts off showing Casey struggling with ascending, and then quickly mastering the proper technique.  You’ll then see a short clip of Casey trying to choke Bob out at the dinner table.  Seriously… I’m not making that up.  I guess I’m not cool enough to make the video.  Or maybe I’m just too ugly.

One other quick note… During this race, one of us acquired a new nickname, and it is absolutely perfect.  This new nickname was a bright spot in an otherwise crappy portion of the race.  And that’s all I’ll say about what happened during the race for now.

We ended up taking 4th out of 8 teams in the 3-person-same-gender division, and we took 9th out of 40 teams overall.  Not bad.

Here’s a photo (by John Morris) of all of the teams at the start of the race.  See if you can find us, you know… kind of like “Where’s Waldo?”  The first one to find us gets a high five from me.

The Starting Line at The Thunder Rolls Adventure Race

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The Thunder Rolls left us with quite a story to tell, and we want to do the race justice.  It’s hard to cram 12 hours of fun, pain, glory, suffering, happiness, and diarrhea into a worthy race report.  We’ll do our best.  Until next time…

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About Lukas Lamb

Husband to a wonderful wife, father to 4 incredible kids (3 daughters and 1 son), adventure racer, mountain biker, runner, lifter of weights, reader of books, and lover of life. He can be found on Google+

Posted on September 2, 2010, in Race Reports, Uncategorized and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 11 Comments.

  1. Hopefully, Bob will get his Leadville Report up for us all to read while we anxiously await your story. It took me nearly a week to write about the 24 hr race. And that was after letting it all sink in for a few days…

    • Oh don’t worry, I’m working on it. Lots of details, just trying to do it justice…from the public library’s computer lab.

  2. Bob, why does everybody want to choke you out? He didn’t try to fishhook you or grab your sack, did he?

  3. I dunno, I guess I’m just an asshole. Luckily there were no “Smith-style” wrestling moves used on me that day. I’m pretty sure Casey could tie me in a knot if he wanted to.

  4. Waldo…one eighth in from the left, back row, with an Aqua Bound paddle(white) between you and Bob.

  5. And the high five goes to Susy! You found us!

  6. I counting on a real high five at the Berryman. The Golden Girls are volunteering. SS

  7. You’ll be getting one from me fo sho!

    Chinstrap,(Adam), and I are doing the 12 hour. Hopefully you’re at one of the earlier checkpoints:)

  8. Jason never reveals anything to the volunteers until after your team meeting, so we do not have a clue where we will be. Sure hope it is a checkpoint that both the 12 and 36 hour use, so we can see you come speeding in and sprinting off, or paddling, or whatever. We will be in the Coach House motorhome(has a CH on the front, and a big satelitte dome we don’t use), so look for us camping in style at our checkpoint, where ever that may be.

  9. You’ll get the biggest high five I can muster! The earlier I see you in the race, the more energy I’ll have for the high five. We’ll definitely look for your camper. It’ll be nice to see some familiar faces out there on the course. I’m still not sure why I signed up for the 36 hour race… I’m terrified!

  10. I see there is a different bike drop location for the 12 and 36 hour race, so they may be completely different courses. Luke you signed up for the 36 hour so you can see what you are really made of, but maybe you found that out on the Thunder Rolls! No…you are going to do just fine…you have so much heart. YOU can do it!!! Good luck to all of Team Virtus! Hope to see you there.

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