Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Team East and West

Last year Jason (my bro-in-law [Ryan's brother]) and I decided to do an Adventure Race. We didn't totally know what it entailed, but it sounded really fun!
Sept 25th, we packed up the kids and flew to North Carolina to meet up with Jason's family, and to race the next morning. After a red eye flight with kids, the early race start of 4am (1am CA time) and recovering from bronchitis and a sinus infection, I was definitely not 100%. But when we started the race I was so excited I felt awesome!

The race is done by map and compass, no specified trails or paths. You have to navigate your way to the finish and collect points by finding a series of checkpoints. The check points are given to you in latitude and longitude before the race and you have to graph out your own course.

Orientation at starting point. Here we go!

I snapped this shot during the 20 mile kayak.

At one point we crossed paths with this team. They tried to lead us in the wrong direction, but Jason the "King of the Map" couldn't be swayed. Game on!

We had to portage our kayak up and around this dam.

Team East and West

We trained.
We raced.
We Won!
For the twelve hour race, we finished at 11hrs and 50 mins.
First place in the co-ed division and 2nd place overall, yes, we did beat the team of tough guys from Fort Bragg who were trying to get us lost.
It rained almost the entire time, and I felt like a soggy rat. But, I loved every minute of it!
Thank you Jason for being the perfect AR partner.
And thank you Ryan and Randy for being an awesome support crew!