AR race race 5:36:00  50.0 km (6:43 / km)
shoes: Salomon XT Wings
MOMAR in Burnaby.
Good day as the weather held out and the paddle was very calm. The usual cast of characters in the usual positions. Todd won followed by Revy and Shane. Sarah and I finished 3rd coed.
Order of events:
11 km paddle around Jog Island and back,
Ride to the summit,
"urban" orienteer around the builidngs and grounds of SFU,
MTB to the bottom, ride back to the summit, back down to the bottom,
Trek up part way again,
MTB back to the start at Barnett Marine Park,
and finally orienteer around the park.
One out and back section was removed from the end of the race to shorten the course a bit.
Overall a good course although I think attendance was down a little.
The paddle was pretty good actually. Strangely, I don't know if was the swimming or what but it never felt like we were pushing very hard on the paddle. We were solidly in the pack but I usually am much more eager to get out of the boat than I was this race. Perhaps it was all the chatting we did with Todd drafting us for 3/4rds of the race. At least he was there to catch our rope bag when we dropped it in the drink.
The ride was a bit of a grunt up to the top of the mountain. I was surprised early on that Sarah dropped back when we were climbing. Turns out she was only saving her legs to make me look dumb later in the race.
The orienteering at the top was pretty easy. Buildings make pretty obviously land marks and the only change really was trying to determine where you were above or below the checkpoint and what stairs to take in SFU's convoluted architecture. I don't think we lost any ground here.
Marshall and Astrid had about 10-12 minutes on us coming out of the water and I think we made up almost all of it before the last orienteering section.
The trails at Burnaby Mountain were pretty much right in my wheelhouse for technical ability. Sarah complained that we ran the toughest trail on the trek ran than ride it but haven't run it I think I would have been faster that way than having to negotiate it with my bike. Especially with a little moisture. For the record, my partner rode allt he way up Cardiac. Not too shabby.
Like Revy I thought I had lost our passport at one point in the race. I glanced down and saw my pocket was unzipped and open. Moments of panic were brief however and I found it in another pocket before we had to do any backtracking.
In the final orienteering section I really didn't have much left for the run. At one point we caught up to Marshall and Astrid (who were second) and I thought they might be a bit turned around but you never know since you can collect the CP's in any order. Unfortunately, I might have led them right to the next CP so we'll never know. One CP that was right off the edge of the map, by a reported 600 metres, was a pain in the rump at that point but we were told to watch for it so we didn't miss it unlike others.