Spartan Sprint: A Family Affair

Spartan Sprint: A Family Affair

Note: We’re trying something new here. This is a guest post written by my wife, Tawny, a.k.a @FiveFeetofFuryVT on Instagram


This past weekend Ben and I headed down to Rutland Mass for the Spartan Sprint.  I have been racing for years and all along the way Ben has been on the sidelines. I am so fortunate to not only have my biggest fan cheering me on, but he also takes amazing photos!  I mean, could I be any luckier?

This past weekend was extra special though as I got to race with my brother, who is more competitive and races elite most of the time, and for the first time – my dad!  Chris raced the elite heat first thing in the morning before joining my dad and I for more laid back open heat mid-day.
The initial forecasts called for rain most of the day with a chance of thunderstorms but we lucked out.  The skies were gray but the rain held and we were left with perfect racing weather to go along with the great company.  The trails were muddy and wet but that just adds to the fun.
My dad only did a small bit of training before the race so we worked as a team to get through some of the obstacles.  Some he concurred like a champ while only needing a little assistance on others.  He even successfully completed the 20′ rope climb.  How many 60+-year-olds can say that?
Ben and I stopped by the store on the way home from the race to print up some of these beauties for Father’s Day.  I am so proud of my dad and was honored to run by his side this past weekend and so thankful to have some beautiful photos for him to display at work.

Snapshots vs Photographs

So, I’m posting this photo so that I get more chances to win a camera, but it does have some relevance.

I can’t tell you how many times someone pulls out their phone and says to me something like “Sorry, it’s just a camera phone but it’s all I have…” Sure, an SLR would take a better photo and there are other even bigger, more expensive cameras that have advantages over SLRs… but if you’ve got a camera in your pocket and you’re taking a photo, it’s something important to you and worth capturing with whatever you have! I believe it’s Chase Jarvis that says “The best camera is the one you have with you” and he’s right. So… keep taking snapshots. They’re worth remembering.

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Reasons to be thankful

So this post is coming on the week following Thanksgiving. I was traveling during the holiday and that’s some of what sparked this post. On Thanksgiving eve, Tawny and I hopped in the car and drove to Northampton, MA for a show (and some other festivities) at the Iron Horse Music Hall. Normally this would be about a 3 hour trip, but with the snow storm that was pummeling the east coast, it took us more than 5 hours. Apparently this storm caused the 4th largest ever power outage in New Hampshire.  We started keeping count of the number of cars off the road and got to 18 before we arrived. There were signs of many others off the road, too. So, I’m thankful for is that we made it to Massachusetts safely.

I’m also thankful for the number of amazing musicians in my life. About 15 years ago, I was introduced to a few members of The Grift. Eventually, Tawny and I made it to a show and discovered that our friends with a band were actually amazing musicians! (You never know in Burlington. It seems like everyone has a friend in a band.) Not only are they musically talented, but they’re also some of the nicest people around. Through them, I’m happy to have met many other people in the Burlington music scene that I can also call friends.

On this night, The Sweet Remains were on the schedule to play, but there was an ulterior motive. It was also Clint’s birthday. Little did he know that he’d be playing a gig with so many friends to celebrate!

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