Adventure Race race (RaidPulse) 7:15:00  40.0 mi (10:52 / mi)
Met my Untamed New England team for the first time and did the 8-hour RaidPulse. There was some strong competition at this one!
We started out on the boats. We had to start behind a line, and the top teams all started WAY behind the line as we were all planning to portage right off the bat so we lined up to jump out of our boats to portage. It was well worth it. We got the first checkpoint and were on our way to the first take-out in the lead! There were 4 checkpoints to get on foot, and we moved well and kept with the lead group. We got back to the canoes, grabbed one more off the boat and headed to the TA.
From there, we followed the flagging to CP4 on top of a huge hill on our way to the bikes. There were a lot of places where you had to be careful about getting cliffed out. In fact, one racer separated her shoulder on the first trek when she fell trying to get down a steep hill/cliff. The bike included a lot of really muddy trails. I really broke in my new bike shoes with the mud - they had a late thaw and there was some heavy rain the day before. We were supposed to cross a beaver dam to get to the TA, but we didn't hit it, so we just crossed the marsh with our bikes, which was worth it to save time. I hadn't done that in a while, so I guess it was time for a good swamp crossing with the bike.
Next, we had 5 points on foot, which went smoothly. LOTS of climbing, which is good for me to practice for UNE. We ran when we could, but there was a lot off trail.
The last thing we had to do was get two more bike points and get back to the TA by 5:00 to be allowed to do the last 2. I assumed we had plenty of time, but it was slow going with a lot of bike pushing on steep/swampy trails to get the last two points. By the time we got back, it was 5:07, and we missed the cut-off and had to head straight to the finish. It was good enough for 4th overall for the two teams and first 2-person coed for Pascal and me. Woo! Second 2-person male for Yannick and Jean Francois. Cool. I enjoyed racing with these guys. I think we are going to have a great race at Untamed. Maybe I'll even learn French while I'm at it.