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No Sleep 30 Hour part 3: Bermuda Triangle
Note: If you're just starting this saga, you're going to want to first check out our prologue , part 1 , and part 2 to get caught up with the action.   Chuck and I had just trekked for about 10.5 hours, spending the majority of that time with wet feet. I ha...
Note: If you're just starting this saga, you're going to want to first check out our prologue, part 1, and part 2 to get caught up with the action. Chuck and I had just trekked for about 10.5 hours, spending the majority ...
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Our pre-race had been such a disaster that I had no emotional energy for last-minute nerves. More than anything I was ready to sink into my default stress-handling strategy: denial. Nothing like a long race to push your troub...
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Team Murphy's Law takes on the 2016 No Sleep 30 Hour
There are a host of things I never want announced before an adventure race, things like "upstream paddle", "watch out for barges", "rappel", "be very cautious as you follow the slippery rocks along high cliffs", and -- new this race -- "we aren't requiring ...
There are a host of things I never want announced before an adventure race, things like "upstream paddle", "watch out for barges", "rappel", "be very cautious as you follow the slippery rocks along high cliffs", and -- new th...
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Over my head
Last weekend Eric planned a trip to preride part of the Karkaghne Trail, the first segment of the OT100 mountain bike race. I'm not doing OT100 because of a schedule conflict and had initially decided I'd head to St. Joe State Park to preride the Leadbelt c...
Last weekend Eric planned a trip to preride part of the Karkaghne Trail, the first segment of the OT100 mountain bike race. I'm not doing OT100 because of a schedule conflict and had initially decided I'd head to St. Joe Stat...
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I go out of town frequently for races, always traveling with friends because crewing or waiting for me at the finish line isn't my family's idea of a good time. With the trip to South Dakota for the Motherlode being a longer ...
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While we were still in Spearfish we took a couple of day trips. On Sunday, after a leisurely breakfast for Motherlode participants, we headed into Wyoming to Devil's Tower National Monument. We'd been there on our first South...
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No Sleep 30 hour part 2
It was 3:20 a.m. on race day. After a nightmare pre-race , Chuck and I had just enjoyed a pretty smooth first bike leg and were excited to set off on our initial trek. We bid a cheerful goodbye to the volunteers at TA1 and hit the trails. Trek (CPs 4-13 any...
It was 3:20 a.m. on race day. After a nightmare pre-race, Chuck and I had just enjoyed a pretty smooth first bike leg and were excited to set off on our initial trek. We bid a cheerful goodbye to the volunteers at TA1 and hit...
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2016 No Sleep 30 Hour
Our pre-race had been such a disaster that I had no emotional energy for last-minute nerves. More than anything I was ready to sink into my default stress-handling strategy: denial. Nothing like a long race to push your troubles to the back of your mind or ...
Our pre-race had been such a disaster that I had no emotional energy for last-minute nerves. More than anything I was ready to sink into my default stress-handling strategy: denial. Nothing like a long race to push your troub...
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Thunder Rolls 2016
I was packed the night before I left. I wasn't sick. No team member mistakenly believed the race to be the following weekend. We weren't even running late. Granted, I couldn't pick up my mountain bike from the shop until about an hour before our scheduled d...
I was packed the night before I left. I wasn't sick. No team member mistakenly believed the race to be the following weekend. We weren't even running late. Granted, I couldn't pick up my mountain bike from the shop until abou...
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I looked out the window with equal parts wonder and trepidation. "The Black Hills are really hilly," I told Jeff. "Really hilly. A lot more hilly than the Flint Hills. Where do they draw the line between a hill and a mountain...
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During our time in Spearfish, we stayed three nights at Spearfish City Campground. While the camper sites weren't spacious, they were level and most had trees around them. The campground bathrooms/showers were probably the ni...
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Devil's Tower
While we were still in Spearfish we took a couple of day trips. On Sunday, after a leisurely breakfast for Motherlode participants, we headed into Wyoming to Devil's Tower National Monument . We'd been there on our first South Dakota vacation 13 years ago, ...
While we were still in Spearfish we took a couple of day trips. On Sunday, after a leisurely breakfast for Motherlode participants, we headed into Wyoming to Devil's Tower National Monument. We'd been there on our first South...
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I'm a runner, adventure racer and cyclist, easily talked into new challenges and types of event in which to flounder in all the spare time left between parenting, teaching, and grad school.
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