Standing Stone Fuels Employee’s Quest for Xterra World Championship
At Standing Stone, we believe that supporting employee health is the right thing to do, and it makes for happier employees. In August 2009, we took our first big leap into employee wellness incentives by purchasing commuter bikes for employees who promise to bike to work at least 45 times in a year. In 2010, we teamed up with Standing Stone server and yoga instructor, Lindsey Holy, to offer free weekly yoga classes for all employees.
When Standing Stone server and triathlete, David Conley, came to us with a proposal to sponsor his quest to qualify for the XTerra World Championships, we were happy to support another team member’s passions for a healthy lifestyle. We asked David to share his story and some tips for others who enjoy challenging themselves through recreational sports.
What are your goals and motivations?
My goal this year is to qualify for the XTerra World Championship in Maui and compete among the top amateurs in the country. Long term, I’d like to turn pro and be competitive on that level. My motivations are the competition, the healthy lifestyle, all the new places I get to see and ride and, most of all, the friendships I make along the way. After every race it is like your family grows by two or three members!
What’s your racing schedule this season?
This season there are 8-10 races I plan to compete in. I’ve already participated in the Xterra Real in Folsom Lake, Sacramento where I finished 6th overall. Then I raced in the Xterra South Central Championship in Waco, Texas and finished 49th overall. My next race is May 15th in Santa Cruz. If I place high enough in the next few races this summer, I’ll qualify for the Xterra World Championships.
Where do you train for your races?
Most my training gets done right in my backyard here in Southern Oregon. I’m extremely fortunate to live where I do and have access to such great trails. I spend a lot of time pedaling up to Four Corners (above Ashland) and bombing down. I also really enjoy climbing the White Rabbit trail. (Ashland, OR trail maps here.) Recently, I have been putting in some hours on my road bike, and my favorite ride is up the Greensprings Highway. For swimming, a lot of my time is spent at the YMCA in Ashland, but once the water at Emigrant Lake warms up to about 60 degrees I’ll be doing open water swims. Also, Applegate Lake is a great place to train for swimming, mountain biking and trail running.
Man, nothing beats Standing Stone’s teriyaki ribs with sweet potato fries. I come in to Standing Stone for those even when I’m not working out or on the clock. When I’m there, I also like a “Wolfhound,” which is a favorite that one of our regular customers created with the Noble Stout and Oatmeal Stout mixed half and half. And, of course, water, water, water.
Daivd will be keeping his fans up to date on his racing progress through his blog. You can also get updates on our Standing Stone Facebook page and twitter feed as we’ll post his progress throughout the summer. Be sure to wish him luck whenever you stop by the restaurant!