Think Daily by Larry Janesky
Five on Four – Part 8 – the Finish

I drove, and Kevin called the turns.  We raced to Mike's Sky Ranch - a rustic hotel in the mountains catering to off-road racers.  Just past Mikes, the course gets really steep and really rocky.  You can't take a civilian vehicle back there.   Mountain switchbacks....up, down, turns.  We come upon…


Five on Four – part 7

Victor and Dustin arrived at mile 289 in the night.  Marie and I got back in the car and strapped in, and hooked our filtered air supply hoses to our helmets.  We were off to take on Matomi Wash.  Matomi is a wide wash that narrows and narrows to steep…


Five on Four – Part 6

Ten miles after Kevin and Dustin got in the car, the left rear wheel fell off - or was broken off.  When the wheel came off the axle dragged in the dirt and rocks, and ruined it, and the hub and caliper. In a crisis, communication is the key to…


Five on Four – part 5, the "Summit"

Three hours in.  The grade sloped up gradually, and then steeper.  There were pine trees because at high elevation it's cooler and it supports different vegetation.  We started going down.  You could see very very far into the distance from up here.  It got steeper, and rocky.  Down.  Switchbacks.  Almost…


Five on Four – part 4

After much preparation of the physical, mental and mechanical variety, we were ready.  I would start the race with Marie in the co-drivers seat and race to mile 155 where I'd give the car to Kevin and Dustin.  That was the plan. The race started in the middle of the…


Five on Four – part 3

Pre-Running Pre-Running the course means you run it before the race so you can see the course.  Typically you do not pre-run at night.  You need to see it.  There has been a lot of rain in Baja this year, and rain changes the landscape of the desert considerably.   Washes…


Five on Four – part 2

The team of five -  This year the race was 828 miles vs last year's 1124.  I decided we needed only 5 teammates.  I'd do most of the driving.  My wife Marie would be in the passenger seat when I was driving.  I needed two more to fill in for…


Five on Four – Part 1

For those of you that are new to Think Daily, I'll catch you up.  I ride dirt bikes. It's been a big part of my life.  I raced them with my son in Baja - the 1000-mile-long peninsula on the Pacific Ocean side of Mexico.  If you haven't seen them…


The body keeps score

Eat, sleep, move - and do these things enough and well. The body keeps score - and from that, you can not escape.  


Do you work for the company you work for?

I walk through workplaces including my own and I see people texting.  While texts may be used for work, let's not kid ourselves, most of it is personal. Here's a story I heard from Zig Ziglar 35 years ago that I still remember -  A fancy rail car pulls up…


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