Brent Freedland of Rootstock Racing shares his perceptive on the 2021 USARA Nationals Race where he learned the proverbial 10,000 ways not to do something.
For her part, Abby Perkiss, the better half of the first couple in adventure racing, had this reaction to Brent's report:
I've been thinking a lot about Brent's race report since he shared it with me last night, aware that he spent an awful lot of it focused on his own shortcomings rather than everything he brought to the team: an incredible navigational and strategic recovery; an ability to keep moving - generally fast and in the right direction - despite significant physical and mental discomfort; and a willingness to help be find my way back onto the course and into the race after the fall he referenced in his recap.
I'm healing up pretty well over here. My shoulder is about 75% less colorful than it was earlier in the week, and I went out for a ride this morning to try to reclaim a little bit of my mojo on the trails. After starting out entirely too cautiously and struggling to find any rhythm, I crossed paths with Patty Skuster and a few other folks from our local women's mountain bike group, riding in the opposite direction. I grabbed onto a little bit of their energy and tore through the rest of the park with renewed comfort and confidence. Thanks for the boost, Patty!
Onto the next adventure...