How did you come to AR? A coworker in Virginia Beach was an Adventure Racer and asked me to race with him. Without any training, almost none of the right gear and no idea what I was getting in to, in 2000 my first AR ever was the Odyssey 24 Hour in Big Island, VA. Ouch!
How did you come to THT? Blame Michelle Faucher.
What do you like about THT? Why do you stay? The people, the fun, the challenges.
Something you’ve learned through AR that you take with you beyond the race course? You can accomplish more than you think. Don’t give up, you’ll get there.
Specialty? Eating. In racing, I would say Navigation, seeing as the US Navy spent a fair amount training and paying me to do so, professionally.
A Caveat of conscience; I don’t really do “favorites.” There are so many great things in life, to have a single favorite seems limiting. Besides, how does one compare, for example, Serenity against The Godfather Part II?
Favorite piece of gear? My 2009 Specialized Stumpy FSR. Although, soon to be joined by a hardtail. With Stans NoTubes Crest wheels, of course!
Favorite race/event that you’ve participated in and why? The inaugural National Collegiate Series Sprint in Natural Bridge, VA. Following a very early buffoon of a Nav error which put us a good 4-6 miles behind the pack, Michelle Faucher and I pedaled, trekked and orienteered our butts off to come back to win our division and take 3rd Place overall. A banner day.
Favorite movie? See the above caveat.
Favorite AR quote? No matter whether you go fast or slow, it’s going to hurt. So do whatever you can to go fast. – Don Mann, AR Pioneer, Odyssey Adventure Racing Founder, Primal Quest Race Director and overall crazy man.