Sloshy’s sense of adventure
Full name: David Schloss. Nickname: Sloshy.
Birthplace: Downtown Redcliffe. Lives: Wurtulla.
Occupation: Construction project manager, Ausmar Homes.
Age and marital status: 38, married with three kids (two 12-year-olds going on 18 and one five-year-old going on 10).
Sport: Adventure racing. Favourite food and drink: Milo. Pet hates: Organising a training ride, run or paddle and those that you are meeting pull out at the 11th hour.
Favourite run location: Parklands – the single trails are awesome. You can run for hours and it doesn’t feel like it. Favourite ride location: Sunshine Coast Hinterland – Bellthorpe across to Maleny.
Tell us about your recent win at the eight-hour Upside Down rogaine: Met my teammate when we had dinner three hours before the event which started at 10pm. This was to be his first rogaine. Plan was to have some fun and see how we go. Lucky for us, after the first couple of checkpoints we got our navigation on track and found everything we went for. We moved well between checkpoints. Although looking back, there was certainly a better route than we picked but we were lucky enough to keep pushing hard for the full eight hours and came away with a nice win at 6am.
Best or most memorable event: Winning my first multi-day adventure race. We completed the event in just over five days. Bucket-list event: Montane Spine Ultra run in England – Running for 24 hours a day over five-plus days in the middle of winter.
How did you get into this sport: Through a great mate (Rob Gowland) who I used to paddle with. He had been competing for a few years and I was lucky enough to even get a third place with him in a seven-day race in Alaska in 2015.
Favourite race: AR World Champs Shoalhaven 2016. What’s your favourite part of racing and training: The camaraderie. Getting to the finish with three other like-minded people who like yourself have had minimal sleep and food and seeing places that are not shown in most tourist brochures.
What does a training week look like for you: Two paddles, runs and bike rides. Leading up to a specific event the volume increases from 12 hours a week to a maximum of 20. This is hard getting this done with work, family and life in general. Needless to say, I also practice the sleep deprivation element of my racing. What is next on your racing agenda: 24-hour race at the end of April called Rogue Raid. Then off to France at the end of May to do a seven-day race called Raid in France. Lead navigator for a Canadian team.
How do you manage to fit in training with work and family commitments: Early morning starts. Being in the construction industry, the working day normally starts at 6.30/7am, I have to get my training done before this.
If you could have a celebrity live with you, who would it be and why: Mark Webber. He loves to go fast, loves the outdoors, is an Aussie and a top bloke.
When you were little what job did you want to do: Wanted to be a vet.
Best movie: Lethal Weapon. Current car: Renault Trafic van – work car.
Dream car: Anything that Grant Edwards gets to drive!
David Schloss on his way to victory with his team at XPD 2015.
Competing at last year’s Hells Bells.