Although we didn’t
finish the race, we accomplished our other goals.
We’re better friends than when we started, all
gaining respect for each other’s abilities.
We’ve learned a lot about expedition racing.
We represented the Chicago Area Adventure Racing Association
proudly, both as strong competitors and as ambassadors
of the sport.
For a new team that has never raced together
and with no team member having experience in races longer
than 2 days, we’ve got a lot to be proud of!
personal challenge for this race was to find out if
I have what it takes to compete in an expedition race. Do I have the skills, the navigational ability, the strength,
stamina, and the smarts? Can
I manage sleeplessness over a long race?
Can I lead a team through a major race?
I believe that I have proven that I can. My
perspective on racing has changed forever. Among
other things, this race has really reinforced that it
takes a team, rather than four individuals working alone,
to make it as far as we have. I’m proud
of myself and this team.
It has been a successful race!
Winds Adventures for letting us experience this
event and thanks to the
Chicago Area Adventure Racing Association for your
support! Jerry and Randy, we owe you a lot!
Winds, be ready for us in '03...we’ll see you
at the finish line!
- John Chase