Monday, August 11, 2008

"I am an Adventure Racer"

Just read the quote below, in a book about Adventure Racing. It's by a guy called Nathan Lake, from Team PureFit/Orca. It's another thing that sums up racing, attitude, life, and makes me happy.

"I am an Adventure Racer. My skills are many, my needs are few: a long trail to run, a high cliff to climb, a fast river to ride, a good bike, and trusted teammates.

My sport is inherently risky, but risk taking is part of who I am. I consistently strive to know, understand, and prepare for those risks so that my team will arrive safely at the finish line.

I respect all athletes for their acheivements, and the work and dedication they have for their sport. Having the ability to win is satisfying. Having the opportunity to participate is life.

Sometimes Adventure Racing is my life and somtimes it is just a hobby, but at my core I am, and will always be, an Adventure Racer"

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Sleepless...

Just got back from Sleepless in the Saddle, a 24hr MTB race.

It was good, bad and ugly:
Good; Team 'Cake or Death' - Suzie, Jimbo, Jon, Stu and myself, the craic, the huge tent (thanks Steve), the laughs, and the awesome singlespeed last lap/finish
Bad; Breaking the rear mech of my bike halfway round my second lap and having to run the remaining 4 miles of the course
Ugly: The mud!! Jeezus, clay a go-go.

A few of the jazzy arty/cool pics I managed to get (when I wasn't riding/pushing/breaking my bike) will be up on the new Pyro's Yard Productions photoblog

Cheers all

Pyro