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Gear-ing Up

Holy Moly…

In the past four days, I was a Radical Democrat in ancient Athens, trying to rebuild a legal system after the Peloponesian war; a judge presiding over the trial of Socrates; an Indian Village Leader in 1945, as the British were granting independence; and just briefly, an aid to Margaret Sanger, as she worked to spread the gospel of birth control in early 20th century Greenwich Village.

And in the midst of it all, I also spent a few hours celebrating with my family at my cousin’s wedding on the banks of the East River in Manhattan.

What a weekend!

Have I mentioned that this was the greatest academic conference ever?

We got back to Philly last night, and after momentarily panicking at the amount of stuff that needs to get done before we leave for CR in a week and a half (a week and a half!!), I sat down and made a list and discovered we’re actually in pretty good shape.

Adventure racing is one of the most gear-heavy sports around, and as I’m now learning, international racing brings with it its own share of complexities and complications.

But thanks to some very generous pro-deal sponsors, we’re all outfitted with Werner carbon kayaking paddles, Black Diamond trekking poles, Railriders clothing, Dinotte bike lights, and Kenda tires.


Testing out our new Railriders shirts and pants during recent adventures

A couple weeks ago, I also won a gift certificate to Running Warehouse from Coy over at First in Philly, and the timing was perfect (thanks, Coy!).

During long adventure races, you have to be prepared for the possibility of some serious feet-swelling on the later days, and I’d forgotten to get a pair of bigger running shoes.  With Coy’s gift certificate, I ordered the Saucony ProGrid Peregrines, size 8.5.  They came in the mail over the weekend, and I’ll be rocking them religiously over the next couple weeks in preparation for race day(s).

We’ve still got a few things to check off the list – some extra cushiony socks (I like the low ones, the boys prefer ankle coverers), the requisite safety vests to wear while we’re biking alongside crazy Costa Rican drivers, food/water purification/bug spray/sunblock, and hopefully a small lightweight waterproof camera that we can carry along to document the adventure – but all in all, we’re nearly there.

Craziness abounds…


10 responses to “Gear-ing Up

  1. kari @running ricig June 13, 2011 at 10:22 am

    Best academic conference ever? Nerd 🙂 Glad it was a good time!

    Good luck giving up caffeine before your race! You’ll definitely get a jolt when you start up again…maybe I should do that for the marathon.

  2. Mallory June 13, 2011 at 10:29 am

    You are just so hard core I can’t even get over it! I’m glad you had a great weekend!!! I’m sure you’ll get everything packed up for your adventure!!!

  3. Anne June 13, 2011 at 10:37 am

    Can not wait to read all about Costa Rica…you are such a badass team 🙂 …Have a blast guys!!

  4. Julie (A Case of the Runs) June 13, 2011 at 11:49 am

    Sounds like an awesome conference! Those shoes look pretty sweet, too!

  5. Kara June 13, 2011 at 2:04 pm

    Costa Rica will be so much fun! We honeymooned there and loved it! They do have some SCARY spiders there, ugh. I’m normally ok with them, but not when they are bigger than my face. 🙂

  6. Sarah S @RunningOnWords June 13, 2011 at 2:04 pm

    You guys are going to have so much fun in Costa Rica! I mean, it’s no academic conference, but I’m sure it’s a close second! 😉

  7. Jill June 13, 2011 at 9:23 pm

    Score on the runningwarehouse shoes and on the sponsor donations for the adventure race. Sooo excited for CR for you…can I come and just veg out on the beach??? 🙂

  8. Cory June 13, 2011 at 10:15 pm

    Those shoes look awesome! I love Saucony.

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  10. Julie Martinez June 14, 2011 at 2:27 pm

    You’re welcome! Spend away! Sorry I’ve missed commenting lately, had a crazy week!

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