Real Name: Tom Delaney
Birthday: Apr 28, 1968
Home Town: Milwaukee
City: Saint Paul
About Me: My name is Tom Delaney and I live with my wife Carrie Garcia (garcia700) in St. Paul, Minnesota (USA). I am interested in learning about, and participating in, adventure racing and orienteering. My core physical training is Paul Roarke's (USMC, Ret.) "Corps Strength" program, which he calls the Enhanced Physical Readiness System (EPRS). I also continue to use the USMC Daily 16 program. I am not a Marine or veteran, but have personally benefited from the USMC physical training programs for a quarter of a century! I became interested in adventure racing and orienteering after I attended the USMC Educators Workshop at the base in San Diego (MCRD, Camp Pendleton). I was inspired by my experience, and came home resolved to improve my physical fitness and develop the capacity to travel across obstacles and through difficult terrain -- adventure racing and orienteering.
Recently, I joined the Minnesota Orienteering Club to meet local people involved with orienteering. On a side note, I also play lead guitar and accordion in Irish folk rock group The Tim Malloys, and enjoy longboarding and other versions of skateboarding with the Old Timers Club, a group of skaters age 30 or so and upwards.
GOALS: I would like to participate and complete one mud race and one orienteering race by the end of 2010. To do the latter, I also plan on completing Minnesota Orienteering Club training and some practice courses.
ORIENTEERING SKILLS: I learned basic orienteering in the Boy Scouts and Army Junior reserve Officer Training (JROTC) many years ago, and was very good at it. However, that was a long time ago, and I am sure that technology and techniques have progressed and changed since then. I am looking forward to getting training form the Minnesota Orienteering Club and practicing on some courses.
ADVENTURE RACING SKILLS: I am a total newcomer to adventure racing. My personal assets include the ability to run, run with heavy weight, and to throw that weight, with or without an intended target involved, and the thrown weight at times being all 180+ pounds of me. I also have some genetically inherited prowess with paddling and rowing watercraft and swearing like a sailor for added ambience. Things I need to work on include ropework (I would like to learn knots, rock climbing and rapelling) and open water swimming.
Activities/Sports: Play lead guitar and accordion in Celtic folk rock group The Tim Malloys.
Minnesota Orienteering Club member.
Interest: Obstacle Courses, Mud Runs, Orienteering, Adventure Racing
Motivation: The United States Marine Corps
Company: Saint Paul Public Schools
Occupation: Dicipline Policy Administrator
Favorite Websites: www.attackpoint.org
Favorite Gears: V-Max Weighted Vest, Bates Desert Tactical Boots
Favorite Music / Movie: The Tim Malloys - "Bloody Irish Music!""
Workout Routines / Fitness Tips: Marine Corps Daily 16; Enhanced Physical Readiness System ("Corps Strength"); Marine Corps 3x Fitness Program
Defining Moments: USMC Educators Workshop 2010