After finding glimpses of my soul on the Georgia Death Race (GDR) course in 2019. CHECK OUT THIS VIDEO to see the official 2019 GDR race recap. I was truly convinced that 2020 would be the year that I got the monkey off my back and earned my long sought after finish. Mike V had unfortunately struck out on the GDR lottery, but I was fortunate enough to bypass lady luck. At the required gear check of GDR 2019, the staff gave you a cloth wristband as a was to verify your passing status. When I ended up failing the race, I kept the band on as a constant reminder of unfinished business. It helped get me going for 5am lifts, it helped ease the pain of long runs, it helped warm me for ice bath recoveries, it was a singular point of focus to help guide me during my preparation. It also became the key for me to bypass the GDR lottery. I made a few social media posts showing off my motivator and the team at RunBumRaces took notice. They invited me to bypass the lottery and pay for my slot if I was committed to not only training hard for a finish, but I also had to keep that band as a constant reminder all the way up to the race start. DEAL!!!!! It got even sweeter when fellow running buddy and fitness success story, Steve Kline, notified me that he had been selected in the GDR lottery. I went to work and started training. All things were looking up for a 2020 rematch.....
I’ve got a double-duty recipe for you today that’ll make you feel so squared away and organized you will blow your own mind!
And it only takes ONE POT – your slow cooker – and has the potential to save you serious $$$ if you ever use bone broth.
First: roast a chicken in the crockpot and then
Second: make healthy homemade bone broth in the same crockpot!
This roasted chicken is moist and succulent and makes a DELICIOUS meal – plus you’ll have a lot of leftovers!
I’m including a basic recipe but you can get fancy with it if you want – instead of using foil, make a base of chopped potatoes and carrots.
Before we get to the end, this story is truly best recognizing the beginning. Like many crazy life stories, the story of my Adventure to slay the Georgia Death Race (GDR) came during a brainstorming session with a client. It is an emotional tale of defeat, inner demons, friendships, and ultimately victory. It will be long and for that I am not sorry.
I had been racing obstacle course racing (OCR) since 2012. While I still loved it, I was looking for something a little bigger, longer, and harder. Something that I couldn’t just wing it. In 2015 I was transitioning from an athlete that focused on best placement to one that was looking for more adventures. My gateway drug into the ultra trail racing world was the Dances with Dirt series (LINK). Back then they had 4 races (Devil’s Lake Wisconsin, Hell Michigan, Gnaw Bone Indiana, and Dade CIty Florida) and each one offered a range of unique challenges from bluffs, stone stairways, and technical ski slope running to swamps with gators, the hottest bug bog ever, and a 50k with less than 100ft of gain the entire course! I really should go back down memory lane and do a separate entry on just that series since it included my first BONK, first campouts pre race, first hallucinations, and many other terrific/terrible first time experiences with the ultra world :)
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