I've spoken about Adventure Racing as a sport for years in this space. It's an endurance sport combining navigation, running, paddling, mountain biking, and climbing or repelling. Expedition races can last days or weeks while sprint races average six to twelve hours. It's something my husband, Razor, has done since our youngest daughter was two years old.
You see where I'm going with this right?
She's fourteen now and recently completed her first adventure race with Razor. Adventure racing is largely an adult sport and it's uncommon for teenagers to race. But she biked, ran, repelled, and paddled for over six hours in the hot sun with her dad. This is the two of them at the finish. She was hot, tired, sore, thirsty, sweaty and hungry.
And it's in her blood. She was ready to do it all again as soon as she flopped down in the shade at the finish.
They came in third place in the co-ed division.
Third place ya'll! She's fourteen!