Adventure Race 17:13:00  65.0 mi (15:54 / mi)
CT Day 1
quiet bus ride from Casper (5200') to South Pass City (7400').
PROLOGUE/TREK 1, CPs 1-5, 4mi??
3 out-n-backs from "city" center on various missions. any order. we went CP5 (JJ Marin stamp mill), CP1 (Carissa Mine Mill), CP3 (Volksmarch Trail), CP2 (store/salt water taffy), CP4 (saloon/shots of whiskey). we could all feel the elevation but not bothersome, just additional breathing.
BIKE 1, CP6, 10mi
gravel out of South Pass City, thru Atlantic City, to CP6. Journey and Silent Chasers caught us, rode as loose pack, in WYOMING! wheeee.
TREK 2, CPs 7-10, 6mi (optional)
a short foot section in random open terrain w some mapped fire roads. started this w Journey, YogaSlackers shortly ahead. SC shortly behind. open terrain and trails. Journey got ahead and we were fine w that since we didn't want to push our luck at elevation (and they are from Colorado).
BIKE 2, CPs 11-13, 25mi
gravel to start, then some pavement. my shifting was mildly off once we got on the pavement but i fixed best i could while rolling. we caught back up to Journey and rode w them for a while. had a nice chat w Todd the construction dude as he held us a few minutes at a work zone. then onto fire roads w lots of climb. Mike started to overheat. the first few climbs were okay as he was able to recover on the downhills. at the first creek crossing (mile 12ish?), i carried my bike and tried to further fix my shifting once across. the drive-side crank nearly fell off! horrible! it needed a 10mm hex wrench to fix and the biggest we had was 8mm. asked a couple other teams (Journey, Rev3, others) and no luck. Garrison figured out a way to use my tire lever to sorta tighten the bolt but it would only hold for about 1mi at a time. luckily/unluckily, there was a lot of bike pushing for the final 10ish miles so the crank wasn't needed as much. Garrison also cramped badly in this section so we dialed back the pace and swapped packs/bikes to help. the downhills were super sweet and i would have enjoyed them a lot more if i wasn't scared of losing the crank bolt. limped ourselves into CP13 (8500'), happy to be done w bikes.
TREK 3, CPs 14-21, 14mi
passed 3-4 teams right off the bat here, most of them stocking up on water. knocked out the optional CPs (14-17) w no issue. these were all around 8500'-9000' so as flatlanders we were stoked to be moving well. caught Journey at CP17. slight bobble for both teams coming out of CP18, but we eventually found the right trail, hiked the up together and then Journey went ahead on the down. took a feet/lights break at CP19 (Sheep Bridge). sun set, we got to CP20 (falls overlook) in the dark and somehow Journey was behind us on the out-n-back trail.
TREK 4, CPs 1-10, 6mi
all days ended with 10 optional CPs. we did this in the dark, but it was mostly a trail-o in Sinks Canyon SP (around 6500'). we moved well but Garrison and I each used a pole for the last 5 or so CPs. rocky33 was a MACHINE w the punches, especially CP4 which we spotted from the road and without a second's hesitation she motored on up with the rest of us straggling behind. rolled into the EOD TA at 2:15am.
i ran around to anyone that was awake, trying to find a 10mm hex wrench. finally found one from JR, one of the medics. tightened the crank and returned the wrench along w 2 cookies. had a really hard time falling asleep, my feet were v fatigued, more so than i remember from even much longer treks. we closed our eyes for about 2.5hrs but i bet i only slept for 1. stars were beautiful tho.