Adventure Race (Breakdown 15) 14:40:00  65.0 mi (13:32 / mi)
Mike and I got a last-minute opportunity to race as a 2-person. Since we weren't in the elite division anyway and I wasn't sure about my achilles, we went for the 15. Also saves a vacation day.
Weather was perfect and sunny. Due to the bike-intensive nature of te race, we left our trekking shoes in our bins and never changed shoes the whole race.
We led the charge up the hill toward cp1. However, once we got there it bunched up because cp1 was missing. After probably 30 minutes(way too long) we gave up. It's so hard to give up on the first point.
Rode into haysi and did the funniest little o-course where we covered maybe a half mile and saw every pizza place in haysi.
Left in 3rd on the bike but passed the other two teams on the way to the paddle. The paddle looked like it would be costly time-wise, but we decided to go for the whole thing. We saw a deer swimming across the lake in front of us. It was moving fast! I was impressed at deer swimming skills.
After clearing the paddle (other than CP7, which was also stolen) we were back to the bike and went up up up to the ridge. Lots of nice dirt roads for the first half of the ridge and a beautiful view from the top of the tower. Then the trail got nasty and the speed slowed considerably because much of the trail was un rideable. There was a cool waterfall. CP 21 was stolen from the ridge so we looked a short time and moved on. (Seriously, who was out cutting cable locks!?) Then I got a flat... Really should convert to tubeless. We finally got to the TA where we grabbed 2/3 trekking points picking up the easiest. Flew down to the decision point for getting leg x. I said let's go for it so we got one more easy one down there to make sure we had enough points to win. On ride back, I was limited on gears because my filthy chain kept sucking up. I found one that worked. Rode into the finish with 20 min to spare. Turns out we won by a fair margin 6 points, I think. Overall, a great time and great training on the hills/mountains