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In the 1 days ending Aug 18, 2013:

activity # timemileskm+ft
  Adventure Racing2 11:08:00
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Sunday Aug 18, 2013 #

3 AM

Adventure Racing (Paddle) 9:51:00 [3]

Started the paddle around 3am. We were a little out of race mode and we fiddled around at the forst portage trying to get to Birch Lake when the portage trail did not exactly line up with the map. Finally I said that we should just portage down the trail and whichever lake it leads us to (Birch or Shawanaga) was the route we'd be taking. Ended up taking us to Birch which was the one we wanted.

Should mention that 1L paddled through this section with a bum wrist which resulted from the bike. She batled through and provided horsepower whenever she could. As a result MJ paddled like a machine and still kept up the pace of their boat to match DD_on11 and I.

We also had troubles at Bear lake locating the route to Fox Lake. But a disgusting bog wadding got us to the right spot.

Right after CP7 we spoted a team nipping at our heels, 100 metres back. They seemed to be trying to put pressure to pass us (for that coveted 16th place). All of a sudden our race mode was ignited and our team nearly doubled our output. We kept that team at bay and finally got a 2km lead on them. We would not give them the satisfaction of that 16th spot without some effort!

The paddle/portage leg was another great leg for me as I felt strong.
10 AM

Adventure Racing (Trail Run) 1:17:00 [3]

Still trying to hold off the 17th place team who were 2km back we quickly transitioned and left for the trail. MJ and I formed a v-tow for 1L. We booked it back to the finish line. We tried to catch the 15th place team who we saw walking on the road but we fell 5 minutes short of that.

Finished the full course at 11:34am (16th palce) after 27 hours and 34 minutes of racing. Really enjoyed the course and the team - nobody complained (well except DD_on11 at the beginning when he got stuck behind some novice riders which was quite amusing) and we were all strong at some point in the course to help the others out. We actually finished just 9 minutes off my estimate of 27.25 hours which was amazing.

Huge thanks to Bob (getawaystix), Barb (Bash) and all the volunteers for putting on a flawless race. The pre-race registration and atmosphere were smooth and electric, the race day logistics were clean, and the course was well planned.

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