They're Sarah Stewart, a fitness trainer and coach at Pure Austin Gym, and Laura Ball, all-around athlete and violinist.
athletic background includes, "Everything from extreme sports (water, snow skiing, surfing, etc) to tennis, and now more adventure racing.Ever since I was three, I've loved being outside and pushing myself to the edge of my physical capabilities."
How did these two fast women hook up?Sarah
says, "I started racing with Laura after we both competed in the women's off-road duathlon.
had participated in an Adventure Racing School
recalls, "I personally knew how his
mind worked (CRAZY!!) So we figured, 'what do we have to lose, why not push ourselves in another wild adventure?' To our benefit, the WAR
taught us so much about how strong a team we are, both mentally and physically."
The Speedy Divas were either in the lead or close to it for most of the race.In an adventure race, that can make some of the special tests a nerve-racking experience.Sarah notes, "Some of the obstacles we had to take on were pretty challenging we were basically the guinea pigs!But all in all, the changes were for the better."
says, "WE had a BLAST!
do the race again, or recommend it to others?"Most definitely.
...Since Sarah works as a fitness trainer and coach, I asked her if she had any training tips for women who are thinking about doing the race this year.She
replied, "Start training now.