Support the Big Muddy
With the cancellation of the July MR 340, Team MoDak has decided to throw our paddle into the mouth of the Kawnivore; a 100 mile race on the Kansas River (a.k.a the Kaw River) on July 22-23.  No doubt this will be a brutal challenge and being considered a “finisher” will be quite an accomplishment.   The good news however, is that our training regime will not have to change.  True the Kaw is a much different river requiring a different skill set, but we have been so busy that our training had been minimal to zero to begin with, and finding the time to train more is practically impossible, especially considering the amount of traveling we have been doing this summer.  Separately, we have both been driving approximately 2,000 miles a month.  It is nothing short of craziness, but somehow we still manage to find some river time tucked between our short and random days off.   

To add to the adventure, we still had a week planned originally for the 340.  Rather than change our schedule on these dates, we are driving with family to Colorado, for a few nights in Rocky Mountain National park and surrounding area; then hitting the Kaw River on the return trip home.  In my opinion, there would be no better preparation for what might be the most challenging race we have ever entered than to return from a soul rejuvenating trip in the mountains.   

  Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature's peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop away from you like the leaves of Autumn. –John Muir

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