Enoch is transfigured

The sprinter van known as Enoch has returned to Leadville, Colorado after an almost 40-day escapade. The vehicle has sat in the parking lot of the Denny Menholt’s in Billings, MT since the end of July after striking a deer en route to Bozeman, MT.

Enoch lost his beautiful Mercedes grill in the crash, which was replaced by a logo-less grill. This social status contributed to the USSPC-sponsored van’s untenable hubris, according to some, and having shed that scrap of metal, the van is starting to care more about what’s on the inside — like a functioning radiator — than what is on the outside.

The vehicle’s primary driver, Ryan Sederquist, put his life on the line to rescue the van. He departed a greyhound station from Denver at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday afternoon, heading north with a crowd so sketchy, it would have made John Wayne cower behind a nearby cactus.

Upon reaching the final stop for the first driver in Buffalo, Wyoming at 8:55 p.m., a passenger sprinted to the front and asked, “What time are we getting to Portland?” which should tell you almost everything you need to know about the trip.

After sitting at a Maverick station for 90 minutes waiting for the connection to Billings — a time that, even for a gas-station lover like Sederquist is far, far, far too long — the bus driver informed the crowd that the connecting bus was two hours behind schedule. The group was relocated to a hotel, so the first driver could get some shut eye. After pouring himself a fourth cup of hotel hot chocolate at 11:30 p.m. — an activity Santa Claus doesn’t even recommend for smiling children on Christmas — Sederquist nestled in for his fourth hour of reading about Covenant Theology while the rest of the gang discussed strategies for, and as Dave Barry would say, “I’m not making this up” … escaping from federal prisons.

At 12:05, a second bus appeared.

“What happened?” I asked a long-haired individual with a nice piece of metal holding most of the parts of his nose together.

I was then told that the bus driver forgot his wallet in Gillette and had to turn around to get it, which cost the crew an hour. Then, he backed the bus into a tree branch and ripped it across three full windows, one of which was perilously dangling on my left. In a shattered death trap, I decided the best course of action would be to crouch down and try to get a couple hours of sleep.

We arrived in Billings at 3:05 a.m., which is actually where the best part of the journey started.

With approximately 6.2 miles of dark Billings streets separating Ryan from the van, the frugal 31-year-old father of one — and soon to be two — packed up his backpack and started jogging to home. To a better life. To freedom.

His phone had been drained to 3% battery life during the harrowing journey across Wyoming and southeastern Montana. This forced the experienced runner, who once dreamt of running a 2:25 at the New York City Marathon, to memorize his Google Map route before electing to utilize the remaining juice to stream a comforting discussion on the state of education from Canon Press. Without the latter, there is no saying if he would have made it through the sketchiest parts of Montana’s largest city alive.

Luckily, Ryan’s navigational skills have taken a surprising upward swing since his days of playing make-believe football games with his animals in his childhood rec room. Despite running the final 2.8 miles without any map — AND NO PODCASTING MATERIAL — Sederquist, wearing a full sweatshirt and Courtney Dauwalter-length shorts — arrived at the well-lit GMC body shop around 4:30 in the morning, roughly an hour after leaving the bus station.

He then got in the van and drove it straight back to Leadville in 93-degree temps, a training session in and of itself, considering the van’s pathetic air conditioning capabilities. He was awake for 33 hours in a 36 hour span. That night, running completely on coffee, he joyfully pedaled his first mountain bike ride on the dirt of Leadville in over a month — and drafted a fantasy football team when he got back.

“We’re glad to have Enoch back,” said Christie Sederquist.

“Mum MOM MU-MU-Mu-mU-Mom! …. AH!” Novi Sederquist added.

Published by rsederquist

My name is Ryan Sederquist.  I am a man of many passions and dreams, and this website is the outlet for many of them. I am currently teaching 5th grade remotely in the Adams12 school district in Colorado. I have been an elementary music teacher in Alamosa, Colorado, as well as a 7-12 band director at Lake County High School in Leadville, Colorado. I am also in the final, final stages of acquiring my M.S. in Exercise Science from Adams State University. In 2018-2019, we spent a year in Presque Isle, Maine as I coached the UMPI Nordic ski team. I currently live in Leadville, Colorado with my wife Christie, a special education teacher, and our border collie-German shepherd mix, Ajee. Even though it is not my full-time job, ever since I was a child, I had the desire to do one of three things professionally - pro sports, writing about pro sports, or being a radio talk show host. This website is where I pretend to do the latter two, and when I'm out pretending to do the former, I listen to podcasts, think about topics, and pursue my wild dream of someday, at some event, in either running, biking, or skiing, wearing a team USA uniform. This website contains articles, podcasts, pictures, and journal entries that have to do with my passion and involvement in endurance sports. Our flagship project is the Seder Skier Podcast, which talks mostly about nordic skiing and attempts to interview influential individuals in the ski world. I also rant about the Big 4 sports, with a lean towards Minnesota teams (Vikings, Twins, Twolves, and MN Distance Running). I sometimes try to write Sports Illustrated like 'feature' articles about athletes as well. In addition to a focus on sports, you will find the occasional article or show that discusses the intersection of theology and society ...which is ...obviously everywhere. We place these in our Skieologians podcast. The heading at the top of my homepage reads, "Search for Truth. Play with purpose. Strive for success." It is the underlying theme for my coaching philosophy, which can be downloaded from this site. Basically, I'm always looking to search for the truth in my pursuit of knowledge, whether that is knowledge regarding the best methods for waxing skis, training a quarter miler, or defending my Christian apologetic. Searching implies a dedicated pursuit for knowledge, and that is what I'm about and what this site is about, even if it is simply for providing viewers with an accurate description of a product. Play with purpose has to do with living out our passions because they are fun. I ski because its fun. I play music and teach young kids because there is joy in it. This blog is about celebrating the joy and fun that inherently exists in the pursuit of excellence and in the activities themselves. Finally, strive for success is built on the principle that true success is the realization that we gave 100% effort to become the best that we could possible be. It requires 100% in preparation, competition, reflection, mental effort, etc. If something is worth doing, I believe it is worth doing with that level of effort. Someday, I hope to race the Visma Classics - the entire season, wear a Team USA singlet, and have a job that involves writing or talking about sports or theology all day. If you know of any body I can reach out to to help me accomplish these goals, please email me at sederquistrd@grizzlies.adams.edu

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