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Training Log Archive: tRicky

In the 1 days ending Jul 29, 2012:

activity # timemileskm+m
  Adventure race1 3:49:00
  Total1 3:49:00
averages - sleep:5.8

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Sunday Jul 29, 2012 #

8 AM

Adventure race race (MD ARA) 3:49:00 [3]

Another fun race down at Nanga bush camp. Cold start to the morning and the first activity was the "Trek OIympics" where we had to collect 2 gold CPs (of 2), 1 silver (of 2) and 2 bronze (of 3). The gold medals involved activities and we were warned beforehand there might be a wait so Steve and I hotfooted it over to the one by the river to start. Turned out to be a paddling activity where we grabbed the Canadian paddles and a 'boat' made of two tyre tubes, a piece of canvas and a bit of rope holding the whole lot together. One CP upstream and two down, there were five teams heading off at the same time and the other four all beat us to the first upstream as we struggled to figure out the boat. I ended up in the water a fair bit pulling the damned thing along over the rapids, but then we got the hang of it and passed three of the other teams, out to get the other two and stupidly followed the lead time past the far control before I got out the compass and realised we'd gone past the sweeping bend we were meant to be finding the control at. Oh well, collected it and back to the start, where there were half a dozen teams waiting for boats to return. Wise move going there first.

Next off to the 2nd gold CP where we had to negotiate an obstacle course. Me through the head high tyre, then some team balancing on the ropes before a climbing wall where Steve and I took turns at failing to make it to the far end. I reckon we took about five turns each and had about four teams go through us before the marshals took pity on our cold, wet hands from the paddle and let us go onto the other activities.

Next was find the mapped single track amongst all the unmapped single track for a hidden CP, then onto the far end of the course for the silver CP to avoid going across the river, then back for another bronze. There were no description for these CPs so it was pot luck if you found them off the side of the road.

Back to HQ then off on a run to the north side of the river to CP1 then an attempt to go up through the pine plantation for a short cut to CP2 but failed with all the blackberries so back down then around the long way before finding a suitable path up. More up to CP3 then tracks to TA.

Picked up the bikes and headed off to the first, which caused a few people grief. I didn't bother with reading the description, just went to where some people ahead of us were heading out. Upon later discovery, the description read '60m W of the track junction' but I found it on the east side. Luckily I didn't read it! The next one was just as dodgy, being 15m W of the junction instead of 15m E where the description said it would be, so a bit of time loss for us. We were ahead of a bunch at this stage because we passed them walking up the hill so we showed them where it was. Over to #7 we passed a couple of teams looking in the wrong place but ignored them, found the control then blazed back down the hill past where they were still looking. No problems from there through the next 5 CPs back to TA and we managed to get ourselves (unknowingly) into 1st place through here after other teams just got lost. Took a cross country option through the dead end track out of 12 so made up time.

Short orienteering leg back at TA where we made a bit of an error looking for a 'track split' since some teams went right past it so threw us off, but no major dramas. We were surrounded by Raw Course teams at this point so didn't really know where we were in the standings.

Final MTB rogaine to collect four of five controls, again no dramas but a couple of steep downhills sections and then cruised in to win the event by about 20 minutes. Hooray!

Never really tested myself on the bike today but Steve kept up a good pace given that he doesn't ride the MTB all that much so didn't think we needed to kill ourselves. No idea on distance since I couldn't get the new bike computer working but think it was far less than the advertised 35km on bike and 15km on foot. Our winning time was apparently half an hour under their estimate.

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