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In the 1 days ending Aug 17, 2013:

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  Adventure Racing2 18:26:00
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Saturday Aug 17, 2013 #

8 AM

Adventure Racing (Mtn Bike) 7:20:00 [3]

Second 24hr race with 1L, MJ and doubledown_on11 taking on Wilderness Traverse - the preeminent 24hr adventure race in Canada. There were lots of top teams present.

Lack of recent training on bike trails hurt me on this first leg of the race. Power and energy rose and faded quite often. The powerline trail was quite bumpy and my butt got a good sandpaper finish to it which lasted me throughout the rest of the race. Only 1 fall which occured while trying to drink from the bottle and steer clear of rocks - the rocks won.

We finished 40 minutes ahead of our time estimate which really lifted spirits coming into the TA.

DD_on11 was strong on this leg but unfortunately we could not utilize his power to the full extent as the tow was not suitable for the technical riding which consumed most of the leg. He did shoulder the madatory gear for 1L though which helped her.
4 PM

Adventure Racing (Trekking) 11:06:00 [3]

Things started off well for us. Quick 20 minute TA and then we swam across the river. Didn't find the first trail but headed on without over thinking it and picked up the second trail crossing. Over to CP4 without a problem. Instead of the long bushwhack to CP5 we opted to use trails as much as possible, thus went east and then bushwhacked down to another trail which would get us to within 1 km of CP5, however this proved ill advised as the trails were generally overgrown with many unmapped trails lying around as well. Spent too much time near Seesee Lake trying to relocate ourselves. 'Bent was playing wonderful host at CP5 dishing out cheese, crackers and coffee which was super nice.

We also took an interesting route out of CP5 as we chose to cross the water at the very northwestern tip of Little Wilson Lake (believing it would be the shortest crossing and least deep option) - the climb down to waters edge was way too steep but we made it down on the second attempt. The water crossing was great as it was only 20 feet across and waist deep. Once on the other side we headed due south trying to hit an unmapped trail we identified on a trail guide we had the night before. We hit something and continued on it for what seemed a very very long time. we were worried that it kept going southwest instead of southeast. At points it was going northwest, west, northeast, east, south, etc - pretty much every possible direction and confusing the heck out of us. Coupled with the fact that it was not very distinct and a few spurs in the trail had us guessing. We were hanging on a prayer and really did not have a good sense at all where we were. We finally hit a large logging road and continued south on it which eneded up being the right road to the TA. We wasted a good 3 hours in the marshy area 1km south of Little Wilson Lake.

The encouraging thing was that our team stuck through it all and we all tried to help MJ relocate us on the map using whatever faint features we could make out in the night. It was a long walk/slog to the TA.

While I was not navigating this race, taking that hat, I probably would have liked to have seen more trails filled in on the map - for instance, the major C trail snowmobile trail south of Wislon Lake going west was showing as a dead end but in reality would continue on to hit hwy 69.

Except for the troubles we had a the end of the leg, the Trek was my most enjoyable portion of the race - and one of my strongest. My legs felt strong and I really enjoyed the lakes and forest.

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