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Training Log Archive: Dee

In the 2 days ending Aug 20, 2012:

activity # timemileskm+ft
  Adventure Race1 27:00:00
  Total1 27:00:00

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Monday Aug 20, 2012 #

Adventure Race race 27:00:00 [5]

WT with Bill Wells, Tom Martin and Bender. Great to race with these guys, we started out hard, which concerned me as I did not know how I would fair on a 24 hour as it has been 2 years. Managed to get ourselves in 4th after some blips on the paddle (got to the paddle start at top of the pack, forgot to get a bailer had to go back, then our canoe yolk broke, had to go back and get another canoe!!). When we got into transition after the paddle there were so many teams in there, we managed a quick transition and were out in 4th place.

The next trek we started out fast, lots of trail running to start. I was concerned how long I could hold this pace. Bill Wells took my pack and I then was able to keep up without over extending myself. We had a great trek leg, hit all the CPs bang on, and came into the next TA 3rd place.

The bike was steady (well actually really bumpy due to torn up and muddy ATV trails), our nav went well and to our surprise when hit the TA in 3rd place (2nd place was in the TA with us and was a team of 4 men). With the energy of this news off on the 2nd trek we went - knowing that Beowolf and Salomon were most on our heels. 4 hours in we then starting questioning our where abouts. We ended up swimming 2 more times (on top of the other 2 swims in this trek) and then started to doubt where we were. After an hour or so of discussion and some of us getting cold (3:30 am), we decided it was best not to keep swimming from island to island so we huddled up and waited till daylight. We were right beside a fire pit so we tried to start a fire...but our matches did not work, we pulled out our emergency blankets and 3 out of the 4 of us had emerg blankets that looked 10 years old (I will not mention names....but not me)!!!. This was worth a chuckle as none of us have ever needed our emerg blankets or matches in a 24 hour race so we did not worry about how old our gear was. Lesson learned "make sure you are not using gear that was in your bin forever".

When the sun came up the island which we thought we were on was not an island - no wonder we could not find it on the map - it then took us 15 minutes to get to the CP. At this point we lost our 2nd/3rd place, we looked at the course rules to see if we missed a cutoff and found out there were no cut offs after CP9, so we then moved forward at a more leisure pace onto the next bike then paddle to finish. Turns out many teams had some issues with this nav, and only 8 teams finished the entire course.

I was very happy and surprised how I felt this race. With some help from the boys at no point did I feel I was out of my comfort zone.

As always great course and organization, and great teamates (so lucky we found such great team mates 2 weeks prior!)

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