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Saturday Aug 17, 2013 #

Adventure racing race 28:00:00 [3]

I could start this with: 'I had a dream....'
Few years ago, watching with envy as teams competed in WT I was wondering if I would ever have enough strength and endurace to do something so epic. Then a year ago, I convinced Eco to let us try it....I mean, what's the worst that could happen? MooPoint jumped on board and convinced HubNukin to be our navigator. Awesome! After a year of training, we showed up at the finish line as ready as we could be (except that MooPoint didn't have any shoes....;) No problem, I had 3 pairs!)
Bike section was very long and challenging at times, specially riding on sand for long streches. Riding under powerlines was exhausting due to sun exposure and bumpiness. Going through water was refreshing. For some reason (and I haven't figured that one out yet) I get stomach cramps while biking. At first I thought it was due to drinking too much water and not enough electrolytes. So for this section, I decided just to have Nuun tablets in my water. Well...the cramps started early anyway. The bad thing was that I was getting sick of drinking that stuff after few hours and desperately wanted pure water. Luckily, we arrived at CP1, which was right next to a lake-yay! At this point, MooPoint decided to stay behind due to pain - we were sad to leave her behind....but I feel confident she knows her body well and knows where to stop to prevent further damage.
We were surprised to find Andrew R at CP1, out of the race due to bike issues. Lucky for him, we now had a spare bike so he happily joined our team to finish the race. There was an instant connection between him and HubNukin and they rode under the powerlines and into the sunset in great harmony......;)
Stomach cramps still had me in their powerful grip but I managed to deal with them....which was just to accept them.
Another stop at CP2, where we re-fueled and rode another 20k or so to CP3/TA1 - that was hard going due to sandy trail and exhaustion.
I was really happy to give my bum a break. What an awesome treat to have volunteers greet us with ice cream! :)
We had no problems (actually, HubNukin had no problems...) locating CP4 and CP5. I was looking forward to seeing Bent at CP5 but when we got there he was snoozing inside the tent. Not far from CP4, Andrew R got treated to a beer from some kids camping. They wanted us to stay longer but we had a race to finish.....
Trekking was interesting because of many reasons: beautifuly, clear, starry night, calmness of the lakes, calls of the loon, beavers slapping their tails on the water, uneven terrain, 'things' whacking me in face out of nowhere,
thinking how many spiders and ticks am I knocking down from the leaves down my shirt, feet disappearing into the holes in the ground, falling face first into a rock, not seeing my teammates in the darkness, being there to welcome a new day, observing a mist over a lake.....then we hit the trail and life started to move in slow motion. I became very sleepy those last few kms to CP6, the trail was mostly flat then turned into a gravel road.
HubNukin entertained us with some riddles, which to a tired, sleep deprived brain sounded like a mambo-jambo.....sorry HubNukin;)
Ah, TA2 was a welcomed sight! I was glad to be off my feet and looking forward (?....so not the right word!) to peddaling the last 20k or so to the finish line. It was hot out there and the paved road was in full sun but at least it wasn't hilly. I was concerned about Eco's breathing problems but knowing we were so close to the finish, I knew she would make it! And she did:)
So happy to be greeted by MooPoint and Bash and other volunteers at the finish line. My dream came true, thanks to my awesome teammates: Eco, MooPoint, HubNukin and Andrew R!
Thanks to all who put such an awesome race together and made us feel safe and cheered us on the whole time :)


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