Why do you race? Racing provides the perfect balance for the humdrum. Racing removes me from slacks and collared shirts places me in the woods with a map, compass, and survival instincts. It is as much an outlet as a lifestyle.
How did you come to AR? I was working abroad in the summer of 2010 and had been served my walking papers by a girlfriend back in the U.S. Both the smallness of my world and dissatisfaction became stark. I needed a community of like-minded people who enjoyed the outdoors. I remembered a friend telling me about her AR experiences. After a little research, I determined that AR was for me.
How did you come to THT? I volunteered at Odyssey Adventure Racing’s Fall Finale in 2010. After the race, I sat down with several competitors and shared my interest in the sport. Andy Bacon, now co-owner of Adventure Addicts Racing, was at that table. Andy invited me to run with TeamHalfwayThere on Tuesday nights at Wakefield in Annandale, VA. I accepted and have since been indebted to Andy.
What do you like about THT? Why do you stay? TeamHalfwayThere is all about playing, being safe, staying healthy, and solving problems together. While competitive, the Team is all about good beer, laughs, and stories around the bonfire. My teammates are real, caring, generous people. They are my family.
Something you’ve learned through AR that you take with you beyond the race course? Racing is all about being efficient with your energy, your resources, and your time. That correlates beautifully to project management in an office setting. Racing has also emboldened my emotional intelligence. To accomplish difficult tasks, you have to be able to ask for help and put your ego aside.
Specialty My greatest strength is my attitude. I push and encourage my teammates as well as other racers. I strive to maintain a smile even in the face of adversity. I encourage conflict resolution and work to bring out the best in others. At the end of the day, we’re all playing in the woods like the kids we are.
Favorite piece of gear My girlie, sky-blue Reebok headband I won from Arden at the Team’s 2010 Holiday grab bag. I do look silly, but it keeps the hair out of my face and adds to my “race flare.” On a more serious note, my Specialized Stump-jumper Comp 29r (hard-tail). This was the first bike I had purchased on my own (my last mountain bike was from high school). I wanted a solid entry-level bike that would get me up and running as well as solid for five or so years. The folks at Spokes, Etc. listened to my needs and matched me up with this legend. The Stumpy is a workhorse in the sport. A year and a half into our relationship and we’re still very much in love.
Favorite movie? In the sports world, my favorite video is “All I Can.” This extreme skiing film is a breath-taking visual journey. I would love to do something like that for AR. Quote? “There is no such thing as a weird human being. It’s just that some people require more understanding than others.” – Tom Robbins Book? Where The Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak. Everybody wants to be Max a little bit. Why stop when you grow-up? Adventure awaits, but never forget your home.