Apr 9, 2010
Today is the 68th anniversary of the beginning of the Bataan Death March. My thoughts are out in the desert of New Mexico, remembering our team and the POWs who made our experience so meaningful.
Read all of the coverage of our Bataan Memorial Death March experience...
Mar 23, 2010
I’m back at the corporate overlords’ desk and feeling many emotions about our Bataan Memorial Death March adventures. I have lots of stories and “lessons learned” to share, but for today, we’ll just have to make do with a few photos.
Thank you to everyone who posted comments, followed us on Twitter, donated to the Wounded Warrior fund, marched with us in spirit, and went on...
Mar 19, 2010
Bonita fueled up on pancakes waffles and eggs this...
Mar 18, 2010
[I'm ready for our big adventure.]
I’ve got packing lists in email, scribbled on scraps of paper, and scrawled on the white board in our kitchen. Tomorrow I’m making trail mix to take on the road and cooking a batch of chili so we have something comforting to eat when we return on Monday as (tired) conquering heroes.
We’ve learned how to wear all of our gear. I needed remedial help with...
Mar 9, 2010
I have war on my mind. Aside from the usual headline horror, Dave and I watched The Hurt Locker and Inglourious Basterds this weekend, and I’ve been reading Tears in the Darkness for a few weeks in preparation for the Bataan Memorial Death March. I’m taking my time with the book – slowing down my usual pace to check the map… working to understand the military strategy explanations that...
Mar 7, 2010
We’re two weeks out from the Bataan Memorial Death March. This weekend, I went to REI (again!) for a pair of hiking pants. Who would’ve thought I’d be the owner of moisture-wicking cargo pants?! [shaking head in horror and resignation]
The March is never far from my thoughts. I’ve read the details on the official website many, many times, and trolled YouTube for videos. These are...
Mar 1, 2010
Team Relentless hit the Barton Creek Greenbelt on Saturday for a 14-mile hike. Our plan was to start at the trailhead by the Barton Springs pool and walk to the top of the Hill of Life where we’d strategically-placed Bonita’s truck, stocked with water. After a little re-group at the truck, we’d head back down the trail, then celebrate at Green Mesquite with piles of BBQ.
Mar 1, 2010
As you know, Team Relentless is using the Bataan Memorial Death March to raise money for the Wounded Warrior Project. (Look left and click if you’d like to make a contribution.)
Our honorary team member Dave Elliott over at ...And the Adventure Continues… is also running for a cause: the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund. Check out this interview with Dave and read his amazing story. Dare you not...
Feb 26, 2010
Tomorrow, Team Relentless is going on a 14-mile hike on the Barton Creek Greenbelt. It’s a 7-mile out-and-back with our turn-around point at the top of the Hill of Life. Seems appropriate.
We have two goals for the hike:
1. Test out what it’s like to walk for a really long time.2. Test our equipment and food plans to make sure they’re comfortable and up to the task.
Dave and I have...
Feb 25, 2010
Dave gets nervous when he hears me say the words, “You know what we should do sometime…?” because he knows sometime is code for soon, and more often than not, that thing I want to do is way outside our comfort zone.
One of the unexpected gifts of CrossFit in my life is the amazing people I know – and now they indulge me by playing my reindeer games, too. We call ourselves Team...
Feb 23, 2010
We’ve got less than a month until the Bataan Memorial Death March. I’m putting to the test the assertion that CrossFit + heavy weight lifting = preparation for endurance events. We’re not doing a lot of long-distance training – we have one 14-mile hike planned for this weekend, with the option of a shorter follow-up if we need it to refine equipment or clothing.
Surely I can walk all...