Archive for September, 2009


Days 3 and 4 – Show Me Challenge

September 17, 2009

Day 3 – 124 Mile Bike Ride!

Day 4 – 26.2 Mile Run – Finished at the Gateway Arch in St. Louis


Show Me Challenge – Aspired > Believed > Conquered!

September 17, 2009

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The Show Me Challenge has been Conquered by the Factor Founders!  After running and riding 283 miles in just over 30 hours in a span of four days, we have climbed this mountain!  Just as important to us, we were able to raise over $5,600 for the Touched By Cancer Foundation.  We want to thank each of you who generously and graciously donated to support our efforts and this great foundation.

It was not easy as you can see by the videos, but it was a Challenge worth fighting to Conquer.  There is no way it would have been possible without our sponsors, and I would like to take just a few sentences to recognize them.

First, and foremost, Koach Karl of Athlon Endurance was absolutely critical.  Koach put us in a position for success.  From the moment we met on an early Saturday morning back in late May until the finish line at the Arch, Koach was right there with us encouraging us to keep going.  I highly recommend you check out  He can and will help you go farther than you ever thought possible.  His motto is… “No Boundaries”, and he constantly encourages his clients not to set limits because we are all capable of more than we think.

Also, we want to say a special thank you to Staybridge Suites in Independence (specifically, Noble Hospitality), Columbia, and St. Louis for the accommodations, which is the perfect place to stay whether on business or out with the whole family.  Please visit for more details on this great hotel.

Bike America,, Garry Gribbles Running Sports,, were two great sponsors that provided a tremendous amount of support.  They will meet all of your biking and running needs to keep you going.

We also would like to thank Endurance Planet,, for the coverage before and during the event.  Also, there is no doubt in my mind that we would not have been as successful in this event had it not been for great nutrition.  The fuel for the Show Me Challenge was Isagenix.  Please visit for more details on Isagenix.

Last, and certainly not least, both Matt and I would like to thank our family, friends, and business associates for their incredible support for this event.  We would not have been able to get through the last 4-1/2 months of training and through these 4 grueling days had it not been for the great encouragement of each of you.

We are already considering our next Challenge.  What will it be?  Where will we go?  Please stay tuned for more from the Factor Founders.  In the meantime, check out products page on our website.  Purchase some inspirational apparel to keep you and others going!  Start issuing challenges right from  Please let us know your comments.  We are pumped about the direction of Challenge Factor, and it will only be successful because of you!


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Show Me Challenge Day 2 – NEVER GIVE UP

September 11, 2009

M&S Boonville

Wednesday morning started out early in Glasgow, MO as Sheldon and I were preparing for our 35 mile run.   As some of you know running is not my forte, however I was up for the Challenge.  All things considered it was a great day for running; it was partly cloudy and a bit humid. We ran south from Glasgow heading toward Boonville.  As we were approaching Boonville, I was beginning to fade and Sheldon was still running strong.  I knew something was not right but I kept pushing on, but at 22 miles I could go no further.  No matter how badly I wanted to keep going my body was not letting me.  Sheldon called Koach Karl and my father who were driving our support vehicle and asked them to come to my aid.  I got into the Factor mobile and rested for awhile until I began throwing up out the side of the truck door.  Sheldon kindly videoed me as I was just finishing, I am sure you will enjoy the video. For some reason, the fluids I had been taking in were not working through my system, and it was all sitting in my stomach.  I wanted to push on after throwing up, so I walked 2 more miles but I was too weak to go on.  I called it quits at 24 miles, just 11 miles short of my goal for the day.  Sheldon ran on with strength saying, “If I finish we finish!”  He’s a great partner and friend.  Sheldon completed the 35 miles feeling great.  Later that night after having rested some and eaten dinner I was thinking back over the day.  I didn’t want to give up if I could keep from it.  I wanted to finish my goal of running 35 miles.  It had been a hard day, but I wasn’t going to quit.  At 7:00 pm that night, I knocked on Koach’s and Sheldon’s hotel door and let them know I wanted to complete my 11 miles.  Thinking I was slightly crazy they agreed to trail me in the support vehicle.  I ran hard for the next 2 hours and well into the dark of night.  I finished my 11 miles at 9:00 pm that night with a since of accomplishment knowing I had run my 35 miles.  I could have never done it without the support of my team.  Although the day did not going according to plan for me, I kept my eye on the prize and still conquered the challenge.  Tomorrow will bring new challenges, and I will be ready knowing what I have already overcome. NEVER GIVE UP.

Link to You Tube video about Matt’s determination to finish!  


Endurance Planet Interview

September 10, 2009

Check out this interview by Kevin Patrick, the founder of Endurance Planet.  If you have not been to Endurance Planet,  you really need to check it out!  From timely and informative discussion forums to educational blogs along with intriguing interview podcasts and not to mention great products all pertaining to endurance, you will find all of that and more at  In the meantime, be sure to check out this interview,


Show Me Challenge DAY 1

September 9, 2009

We finished the 100 mile ride at around 6pm in Glasgow, MO.  Here is a link to our Facebook page,  If you have not become a Challenge Factor fan, yet, please do so.  If you click on that link, you can see some pictures from the day.  We will have some video that we will upload tomorrow night.  We have to get a quick night’s rest, and we are back at tomorrow morning at 6am for a 35 mile run.  We are hoping for good weather and no cramps!  We will be tweeting along the way, so if you are interested in following us to see how we are doing, please follow challengefactor on

Until tomorrow.Crash and Matt 9.8.09