How do you challenge yourself? What do you do to take yourself to the next level? This past weekend I completed one of the hardest, but most enjoyable events I have ever participated in. It is called the Reno Tahoe Odyssey, everyone around here calls it the RTO for short. It is a 178 mile 12 person relay race that starts in Reno, NV and travels through Truckee, CA then up to Lake Tahoe. After the teams run around the lake they drop into Carson City, NV and then up to Virginia City, NV then back through Reno to finish. Here is a link to the map. Each team member runs three separate legs of the run. The legs range from 8 miles to 3.1 miles, but there is a lot of elevation change.
At the start of the race each team is split up into two vans. I was put in a van where I knew only one person, but I ended the adventure with many new friends. You basically go for almost 30 hours with little or no sleep because you are supporting your teammates. I know you are asking yourself, how does this sound fun? Well you have to experience it to understand. I am extremely proud of my all my teammates. They all fought through some sort of illness or extreme heat to complete their legs. There was no complaining because no one wanted to let down the team. Well maybe there was a little complaining when the sprinklers came on us three times while we were trying to sleep in the grass of the Raley’s parking lot in South Lake Tahoe. Other then that, great job Silver State Streakers.
I know this is a financial blog and you came here to read about finances, so here it is. When you spend money you are expecting something in return. This is often called return on investment. I am asked all the time why I spend money to run in races and beat up my body. I do it because the enjoyment I receive from competing far exceeds the investment I made to enter the race. I love to challenge myself to see how I compete against others. As the old saying goes, “you must pay to play”. Life is always about improving, so go out and challenge yourself. Get out of your comfort zone.
Thanks again Silver State Streakers for working so hard. You are all awesome. I am already looking forward to next year!!