Ragnar was a success! 200 miles covered by 12 runners and 2 vans in about 28 hours, ending up on a beautiful beach in Dana Point at about 4pm yesterday. The runners experienced some stomachaches, fatigue, muscle soreness, and dehydration, but were generally in fine fettle by the end, after refueling and a bit of rest. And I suffered a mild case of beanie-head, but that cleared up by the end of my shower. Highlights: midnight trip to Roscoe's Chicken and Waffles; the van we saw that was decorated with Richard Simmons' head atop a giant chocolate chip cookie (if the goal was to make me feel slightly uneasy about cookies, mission accomplished); jokes that seemed funny at 4am but that probably weren't.
Team Pound Sand kicked ass, and I was happy to be able to contribute in a small way to their success.
In other news, come to this tournament: http://www.grappleseries.com! My friends are running it, and they will do a fantastic job. Unfortunately, I won't be there for it, because I'll be in New York for the weekend. The Hamptons, to be exact. My college friend Leigh is getting married! So it will be old home week for me. (This is a lot of the same group that went to London in 2007 for my friends Jennifer and Pat's wedding--when people gave me a hard time for writing about the wedding instead of the grappling. I may do the exact same thing this time around!)
And then next week I'll be sticking around on the east coast for a couple days to train and see some friends. It'll be like old times, when I lived out of the trunk of my car and roamed the country looking for likely training partners. Can't wait!
More on that later. Meantime, congrats again to Team CrossFit Academy, which fielded 3 teams in addition to the one I drove for, including the Ninja-Pirate Alliance, and particularly to Team Pound Sand!