Adventure Racing race 22:00:00 
WT with Bender, T-rex and ShedmanDave as team Shed Coffee Bar.
First time racing with this team, and first long race since my knee surgery and slow recovery. Superstar roster of teams!
Super-well organized of course, (except for the Great Coffee Debacle).
Trek start with a 5km trail run- we decided to take it "easy" there and let Dave and T-rex set the pace. Hah- up with the front in no time.
We had a few minor nav bobbles, but moved well, and varied from being ahead of the overall winners (Benoit's Pentathlon de Neige, AKA Snowpants) between CP 2 and 3, to dropping down to 10th after just running into slow thick bush past CP3 . Bender's so nav-confident and relocated us well, doing some towing on trails too.
T/A to bike as the rain started, sloshing through the mud holes. Shedman's so strong and super-skilled on the bike, and No-brakes-T-rex is a fearless descender and got stronger and stronger as the ride went on. The middle section was fast dirt road. My knee started to yell at me, but I chuckled down advil and tums and we passed 5 teams and had a great ride, bouncing past teams on the big bumps and finishing in 5th place in daylight. Bender's nav was rock solid, as was his riding.
On the water, the 2 lads were strong but our boat just didn't keep up as well. Salomon and Kinetic surfed by us in the rain and dark. Friggin sleep monsters tried to hit me even with T-rex's help staying conscious, but luckily Bender had an emergency Redbull and saved me. We kept plugging along, and my knee let me portage at a decent pace. We met up with Running Free, and paddled with them throughout the night until they dropped us after CP10. The rain let up and it was dead calm, a great night for paddling.
Final T/A to a nice rocky and hilly 10km trail run (former LRS run course). My knee had seized up pretty well, but more advil and trekking poles got me moving at AR shuffle pace. We knew Outeractive was right behind us, but held them off for 6th co-ed and 8th overall, about 2:20 behind Snowpants. Very tight times between the top 10, in an epic field.
Fun times with a good bunch. Maybe we could balance boat speeds better with tow systems or rotating teammates, but we all raced well together.