Sloshy’s sense of ad­ven­ture

Multisport Mecca - - Q & A -

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.

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