First, I want to congratulate Zack for kicking ass at the Leadville Trail Silver Rush 50 Mile Mountain Bike Race. He said it was the hardest race he’s ever done, yet he still managed to finish in 7:08:54… on a single speed… with a shoulder he separated two weeks ago… Um… Yeah, he’s a stud. So a huge congrats goes out to Zack. Great job! Up next for Zack is the daunting Flint Hills Death Ride this Sunday. Good luck, bro.
In other news, all of us on Team Virtus have been training hard for some upcoming races. I might be going out to NY to do the Suicide 6 mountain bike race with Casey on Aug 15th. I hope I can make that work. Bob has a little race called the Leadville Trail 100 on Aug 14th. There is also the Midwest Single Speed Championships on Aug 22nd. Hopefully Zack, Bob, and I can all do that one.
Then Bob, Casey, and I will be competing in The Thunder Rolls 12 Hour Adventure Race in Oregon, IL on August 28th. To simply say we’re excited about doing another race put on by Gerry Voelliger and High Profile Adventure Racing is like saying Bob kind of likes to partake in an adult beverage after a hard race. We seriously can’t wait for this one.
Bob and I have teamed up with our friend, Brandon, to dominate the 3-man category at the Tall Oak Challenge 6 hour mountain bike race right here in our backyard at the Binder Trails in Jefferson City on September 4th. I think Zack might enter this one as a solo as well.
Then Drew and I will be competing in The Berryman Adventure 36 Hour Race on Sept 24th-26th. Yeah, we’re probably stupid for trying the 36 hour race, but it is the race that got us started in adventure racing 10 YEARS ago (Damn, I’m old!). We failed miserably at that first race, and we had no clue what we were doing (some would argue we still don’t have a clue). We just felt compelled to give it another go for the 10 year anniversary of this race. Darin was one of our teammates at the very first Berryman, and he truly wanted to join us for this one. Unfortunately for us, he has the Lewis and Clark Marathon the following week, though. I doubt a 36 hour race 7 days before a marathon is a good way to taper.
There may or may not be more races here and there, but the races listed above are some of the big ones. We’ve all been training our butts off to get ready for these races. Zack rides forever pretty much every day. Casey is finally recovered from a bulging disc (I hope), and he has jumped right back into the running, paddling, swimming, lifting, and biking that he was doing before the back problem. Drew has gone from running 6 days a week, to lifting weights twice per week, running thrice per week, and getting a good, long bike in at least once a week. Darin has continued his grueling running regimen to ramp up for his marathon. Bob and I have been doing a little bit of everything… TRX training, road riding, trail riding, paddling/swimming/caving, weight lifting, Prowler pushing, and of course trail running… Here is Bob’s leg after a nighttime trail run to prove our commitment:
So, will we see any of you at any of these races? I hope so. If you do make it to any of these races, be sure to come on over and say hello. We’ll be the ones having a blast… Like we always do.