Adventure Race race (Blast 6-hour) 5:35:00  36.0 mi (9:18 / mi)
We were in 4th much of the race, but pretty close in with the top teams. Started on foot for 2 close CPs, grabbed bikes and biked down to the canoes. We took my nice new canoe out with me using a kayak paddle and Brenda with her canoe paddle... not sure it was the best set-up, but we each used the equipment we were used to and it didn't seem to slow us down much, but I wanted to catch those guys!
Got back on bikes for a short ride to O-course 1 (about 3 miles) We made up some time getting a checkpoint a bit more efficiently that others weren't seeing. Then, we screwed up by taking the "North, slightly Northwest" road that was not on the map and mostly northwest. We went down and were looking for the CP by a pond/swamp area, but realized that we were too far to the west. You can't make 10 minute mistakes like this in a 6-hour race! Then, we got back on track and got the other two leaving tied with Hafkes.
We then moved on to some trail riding where we just had to follow the trail markers and look for the checkpoints along the way. This went pretty well.
O-course 2 was the deciding factor in the race. We went into it in 4th place. When we got to CP 21, there were the top 3 teams leaving saying they didn't get it and it wasn't there. We didn't believe them and went for it... and found it! We headed out for the last 2 foot CPs, but wasted at least 20 minutes trying to get 19 because we talked ourselves into the line on the map being the pipeline rather than power lines like we'd originally thought. Um, pipeline is usually marked as such. After we realized our mistake, we found it near the stream north of the power lines. Ugh. Finished the O-course and hammered the bike to the finish... and ended up about 7 or 8 minutes behind first place - HLS got CP 21 as well! This was a long course and about half the field missed the cut off. Bummer.
I think this was a case of needing to slow down to speed up. They like to make the points tricky at the Blast and I should have known that. I also shouldn't have let the "oh that pipeline looks so good" factor influence me. Still 2nd overall is not too shabby at all. :)