Race was epic to say the least - we came 7th in our category and 24th overall in the short course there were 275 teams total and I think 175 of those were for the short course.... The kayak portion totally sucked - I really need to learn how to paddle - my poor teammate Liz basically did all the work and I flailed like an idiot.
We were last out of the water, but I ran to the first checkpoint and by the time we were through transition and on our bikes we had already caught 20 teams. We rode like freaking hell - I was in my big ring going full tilit boogie absolutely killing it. I thought I was going to die, but I figured I needed to shut up and pedal as it was my fault we were so far behind. By the time we reached checkpoint three and dropped our bikes we had caught 90 teams. The trek was crazy - bushwacking through the mountains, gaining 2000m of elevation to reach checkpoint 5 - amazing view and totally exhilerating but super exausted and still had 8 more checkpoints to go before the orienteering stage.
Back on the bike for incredible single track which was awesome - lots of crazy climbing...there was one climb that was 2km long and I swear to God I thought I was going nowhere it was such a grind. Just when we thought we might be at the top we turned the corner and the grade got steeper. Mother f^&&**&$&!!!!! Ha ha ha - the downhill rip was worth it.
There was a water challenge where one teammate had to swim to the middle of a lake to get the checkpoint - Liz my teammate did that one.
Then it was a mad race to the startline to drop our bikes and grab our orienteering map - 7 more checkpoints on foot - all in the woods - more bushwacking and we got through pretty fast. There was an incident with ground wasps which was horrific - I got stung 20 times
Those buggers are awful!!!
Then ran across the finish - we finished in 5hrs and came 7th in our category - 24th overall...
Can't wait to race next time