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Adventure Racing - how I got started

The itch to race started when I worked a couple multi-day adventure races including the Endorphin Fix and Balance Bar races. Watching amateur and elite teams Team ACG and GoLite compete, I wondered could I do a race? After talking with veteran racers, I started looking for some teammates to compete in a 6-12 hour long race. We finally found a race that fit our schedules and a race course that included whitewater - Denver Oyster urban adventure race. I was looking forward to racing on a RipBoard riverboard.

Hearing of my teammate's workouts and not wanting to be the weak link, I increased my typical workout from 40 min. to a hour, and continued until I felt comfortable doing a 3 hour workout. As race time approached, I had several three hour workouts under my belt. Most of my workouts were focused on running, inline skating and then biking. The inline skating proved to be the killer leg in this particular race.

Denver Oyster Race - August 21, 2004

The night before our team assembled for the first time and got our gear together. Warning - waiting till the night before a race is not recommended. As I worked until 1:30 am replacing the wheels on our skates - I kept thinking I need to get some sleep. Racetime came and the adrenalin kicked in thankfully. Good thing we had new wheels as the inline skating portion of the race was close to 15 miles. Other than a few navigational errors - to be expected on your first race, we finished the race in six and half hours. No medals but we all left with the itch to race again. To see photos from our first race click here. Since my first adventure race - Team RipBoard has completed the Denver Oyster urban adventure race 3 years in a row - with a fifth place finish in the coed division of the 2006 Denver Oysterurban adventure race

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