These guys, these teammates, they rally around me and give me a little help during the weekend, because nothing is really accessible enough for me out on the course. But I get to be out there competing with them, as one of them. In some ways I have an advantage, my fat ass on wheels going downhill can go faster than any of the runners, but once I hit any decent hill I am a snail and anyone could beat me. But that doesn’t really matter because hood to coast is so much bigger than running a race.
I get to sit in a van, or this year a truck since our van broke down a mile from the start, with some of my closest friends. We all smell, we are all exhausted, but we all get to hangout. The HTC Race of 2019 will go down as the all time best HTC I have ever competed in.
• My team did it with ONLY six people instead of 12. Our team “5 studs and a gimp” did 200 miles in 30 hours, 23 minutes, and 41.5 seconds and we placed 452 out of 1200 teams…..with half the people. Talk about an accomplishment.
• One of my best friends, Ronnie Miller and I have been talking about doing a 6-man team for years. For a long time we said when we were 30 that we would do it. I am 34 now and we finally got it done. I think our biggest hesitation was that we knew we needed Big L to be there.
• Lawrence Franks, Big L, is one of my biggest heroes (if you don’t know his story you are truly missing out). I strive to be more like Lawrence. His grit is inspiring and he pushes everyone to be better and do better. HTC 2019 would not have been HTC 2019 without Lawrence.
• The last year has been one of the hardest of the last 15. Getting a divorce from my ex wife/used to be best friend Ashley has tested me more than I would have ever expected. To be honest, I spent a lot of the last year feeling completely alone.