Adventure Race race (Get Your Bearings) 2:57:00  18.0 mi (9:50 / mi)
Raced Get Your Bearings with Shane. He actually did his first AR with the same base as I did... Running only. No experience canoeing, no experience mountain biking ("What does 'single track' mean?") but did awesome!
Started out with a run down the hill to the bikes and some biking in the badlands. We did pretty well on this and were among the top teams, but I made a slight nav error on CP3 that cost us a few minutes, which is something you can't afford in a race that takes under 3 hours to complete. Darn. We then did most of the yellow loop. We got stuck behind something like 4 or 5 teams shortly after the start. The slippery bridge took several people out, so we were able to pass there. Then, there was a hill right afterward that allowed us to pass the rest who were walking up the hill. Shortly thereafter, Shane did an endo. Then, a few minutes later, another one. (Later, he mentioned that his football background helped him recover from these) I mentioned to get his weight back on the down hills and all was good after that. We probably should have gotten together for a training session before this. Ha!
Next we got in the canoes and passed several teams. This was actually quite tough paddling for a beginner level race. Lots of trees down in the river. At one point, we hit an unseen stump and got stuck on it. Nothing was working, and it was close to the front, so Shane had to move almost all the way to the back of the boat to get the weight off it and we escaped. Since I was the experienced paddler, I was in the stern, but I think it's hard to control when the 6'4 guy is in the front and the 5'4 girl is in the back. That's my excuse, anyway.
The run/orienteering was our time to shine and I was getting my butt kicked on this, but it was only about an hour, so I had to just gut it out and push myself. This went pretty smoothly and we passed several teams. Changed strategy on the fly to get 20 last but probably shouldn't have done that. We had no idea how close it was until we got to the finish only a couple seconds before another coed team. Turns out we won the 2-person coed by two seconds and took 4th overall! Woo! I was glad to hear he really liked it and wants to do another one some time. (maybe the Chill) I hear lots of the first-timers had a really fun time and want to race again. That's the point, right? :) It makes me happy.
Mountain Bike (Island Lake) 2:17:34  24.0 mi (10.5 mph)
After the race, I went out for a few more loops at Island Lake. Almost bailed after freezing at the start/finish, but it turns out that was the coldest and windiest place in the whole park. At the bike pick-up, Heidi agreed to join me for some more riding. Yay!
I didn't have dry bike shorts, so I just went in my running capris. It wasn't as bad as I expected. Heidi and I did blue and then yellow. The trails were in great condition, and it was fun to get to ride with her. She thought she was going too slow, but I was perfectly happy with the pace. Why do we all seem to do this to ourselves? (underestimating and not giving ourselves enough credit.) I accidentally moved my magnet for a while, so I lost about 12 minutes of distance. I ended up just deciding my distance was slightly less than two blues and one yellow (since adding them together cuts a bit off each)
I did one extra blue loop by myself to get over 2 hours. Some guy told me I needed to oil my chain. He's probably right. I actually should take the bike in for service tomorrow. I couldn't figure out the end of the blue loop at first... it was the same place we got on the single track at the race, which confused me as well because it said blue, but it was really blue and yellow. I did find it eventually and it was fine.