If you read my race report from the Tantauco experience, you will know how much I like getting into adventure and exploring relationships. You may also remember the Italian team we ran with on the last day. Cool guys and it added a lot of good to the experience as cool people always do. There is just something about the combination of these people, some amazing places and an overwhelming challenge that just makes the goal complete for me.
Before I even got all of my bags unpacked and my race report complete I was exchanging emails with Marco from Italy. He offered for me to head out his way for a race and I quickly emailed a thanks…looks cool but there was no way I could go. Even if I could get more time off work and afford the trip I was missing time with one of the most important relationships in my life. My wife. I mentioned it to Monique the next day and discovered again that if there is a will…there is a way. Even if it was not my will!
So…with that, I put the remaining things like time off work up for question and it all worked out…just like it always does. We have been wanting to go back to Italy and her birthday is right around the corner so to make a long story short, the emails continued with Marco and tomorrow we…Monique and I are flying out to Italy to race and then spend some time on the Mediterranean beaches doing nothing. Twist my arm.
The race is on the island of Sardinia which is the second largest island in the Mediterranean Sea just off the coast of Italy. I started doing some research so I though I would link it up here and give me some reading tabs for the flight over. This island is pretty different than the one we just got back from in Patagonia. Sardinia gets approximately 300 days of sunshine! The beaches look sick, the race looks super fun and we know how good the food is… Stoked!
I am really stoked to be racing with Marco too. The guy is a stud with years and years of adventure racing and exploring experience and a proven nice guy.
SleepMonsters just posted some news about the race including a highlight about Marco. “The teams include some familiar names, among them Karine Baillet, Buff and Bimbache Exteme, as well as Italy’s best know racer, Marco Ponteri. Marco is one of the worlds most experienced racers, but with few compatriots able to match his AR expertise he almost always competes international teams, and has just returned from a second placed finish at an international race in Chile“
The race is the Sardinia Raid Adventure Race and “It takes place in one of the wildest areas of the Mediterranean Sea: the Supramonte, in the central east Sardinia. Teams will race from the mountain to the clear water of the Golfo Di Oroseiwhite beaches. …The race covers around 350 km of a variety of disciplines which may include orienteering, kayak, trekking, caving, rope skills, mountain biking and other disciplines. It ‘s a non-stop race, day and night.…” AWESOME!!
After being in the wet and dark of Patagonia I am really looking forward to spending time on the island of Sardinia. We will be in the Gennargentu National Park, the largest park on the island and crossing the Gennargentu range on our way to some peaks and lots of adventure between.
We also have one of our lifetime friends, David Sinatra(who we call our son) who is going to fly out and hang with us. We have been wanting to go on trips together for a long while and the timing of the bromace and Italian wine was just too much to turn away from. Should be a solid adventure with built in recovery and good friends. Dream Crushing capacity!