- Stupid-long race is created by some cray-cray race director.
- I think said race is ridiculous, even by my standards, and declare myself uninterested.
- My friends comment on how said race is ridiculous...ly AWESOME and they are signing up.
- I like my friends so I grudgingly sign up too.
- We train.
- We race.
- We have fun.
|Carrie and Jeff practicing in the rain. Love them!!!|
But then David got in on the act, and he had a race canoe, and he needed a partner, and I had a free race coupon from Bonk Hard and.....suddenly team "Would you like Freis and a Korsch with that?" was signed up for Hardwater! Training ensued. Jeff and Carrie found an almost-identical race canoe to borrow from another local paddler, and the four of us hit the water for some great training sessions. And to be honest, the paddling practice was certainly needed, but it was even better to have Carrie to train with. Girl is nails!!
|Carrie, Leonard, and Jeff! Rock stars.|
|Me! (Adam the stud paddler in the background)|
|Uh, Carrie? The water's over there..|
|Me and David just before the start.|
|Eventual winner (Joe) in red. David and I right behind, but not for long!|
|Splits for the first 25k.|
|Passing by CP1.|
Buoyed by our fast first split, David and I decide to keep things rolling for the second half. By now we're solidly in fourth - the podium spots are long up the river and we only get glimpses of 3rd place (Jason and Diane) when there's a long straight-away. We seem to have a decent gap to 5th place, who turns out to be David's nephew Nicholas in a solo kayak. So all there is to do is keep calm and paddle on.
|Starting the second half of the race!|
|Approaching the finish line with Nicholas in hot pursuit!|
|We can smell the finish line. And it smells like pie.|
|Splits for the second 25k|
Just because there are only 16 paddlers doesn't mean Bonk Hard is skimping on the finish line party. They are armed with their traditional cowbells, plus a delicious lunch spread that includes THREE KINDS OF PIE!!!!! I am so happy.
|David and me: Hardwater finishers!|
|Jeff and Carrie! Hardwater finishers!|
Tons of race photos