Adventure Race race (Summer Fury) 12:05:00 
Wow, this was a tough course. Nobody cleared it - not even close. Our team got a bit of a rough start. We apparently didn't scout out the course ahead of time adequately because we ran out from the start in the lead... and took the road when there was a trail that cut distance off. This moved us back to the back third. (not a huge deal) Then, we had to go swim, which I HATE. Swimming sucks and I am terrible at it. I have no interest in practicing either. I swear I was close to the last one out of the water. We quickly started making up time after that. Everyone struggled a bit on CP3, then we had a rough time with CP4. We started making up time on the bikes and were in decent position by the time we got a few CPs in to the canoe leg, which was LONG for a race of this length. Some swamp paddling and then a river leg on a super tight twisty river, which is not where my boat excels. Run back to TA, bike on some roads to the next O-course. We missed the first point and ended up running out to the road to attack the farthest points first. Pretty much nailed those 3 points, but the going was slow due to thick brush. We were running low on time to finish this section, looking for the trail that had 3 points on it. Eventually got them all, but we left with 2:10 left in the race. They let us go get the 2 required single track bike points even though we were past the cut off (lots of teams were in the same boat) Last O-Course, we needed 2 to be official. Thought "no problem" but they were harder than you'd expect - even for the closest "easy" points. Also, we were slowed down because Jim Hafke's calf injury from last month was flaring up and he was hurting pretty badly with nothing we could really do for him. We got the two points, but missed the cutoff by 5 min. Even though the "other half" of our team pretty much sprinted back to the finish, they still missed it by 3 minutes. Bummer. We got the same number of points as MRA, but they were in before the cut off.
Overall thoughts: I felt like I was doing better on the hills and running was feeling better. The team concurred that I did well on the hills. I could have run hard into the finish (maybe not as fast as Mark and Jim, but I had it.) I am definitely moving through the woods better these days - even through the thick stuff. It's a bummer to miss the cut off, and we said we should have known better and made some different decisions earlier in the race, but it's so hard when you're used to clearing the course to make the decision early on to skip optional CPs that are time consuming. I'm just saying "we got this out of the way" and we will do better at Wilderness Traverse.