|Okay, this is from LAST year's Chill, but I just love our team selfie so much, I had to include it this year too.
Race morning we're up at 0530 and it seems everyone slept just fine. I change into my race kit and, rrrrrrrrrrip! The seam on the inside right leg tears, leaving a big hole in a rather unfortunate place. Oh, this is not good! Visions of extreme chafing run through my head as I explain the problem to the guys, and the fact that I didn't bring spare tri shorts. David doesn't see what the big deal is. Doug offers to fix it with duct tape. Jeff suggests asking other racers for spare shorts, or switching with him. He also tells me that most likely, once we start racing, I won't even notice. So I decide to tape the hole closed, then wear tights for the whole race, and hope that nothing chafes too badly.
|Huddling before the start.
|Start map, 1:10k.
|Not us, but this is what we looked like coming into CP1.
PADDLE 1, CPs 1-4, 9mi, 1:54
|Beautiful morning for a paddle! Photo by SuperKate.
|Doug and David at the put-in.
|Doug and David lead me and Jeff (and Toporadicals) into CP4.
|Jeff and me bringing the boat up to the truck.
|Jeff, me, Doug, and David run into CP7/TA.
|Me plotting, David route planning, Jeff calling coordinates.
|Doug getting the trekking passport ready.
|Rogaine trek, we went clockwise.
We don't see another team until we are leaving CP8 (after attacking it from the south) and they look like they're maybe just starting out since they're still all wearing jackets. All of us have been stripping layers off like mad since the frosty paddle ("Doug, can you put this in my pack?" has been on repeat all morning) and we are thrilled to be running hard in the sunshine. We take a low route to CP14 and CP16, then up high to CP17 and CP20. On the climb up to CP23 we see the 4P male Extreme Electrical Race Team bashing through the woods in the opposite direction, and then our very own Carrie who is racing with Momentum/Alpine! We are all really excited to see her and she tells us that they haven't seen any other teams coming from our direction. This might mean we are in the lead! On the ridge run to CP22 I get a little excited by our progress and trip over a branch, executing a perfect faceplant into the leaves. Brilliant! But thankfully nothing injured so we keep running. CP19 throws David a curveball with the different spurs, we go up the one next to our intended route, but once on top of the ridge he figures things out and we attack CP19 with only a few minutes lost. Then we've just got 3 more left, CP21, CP18, and CP15, all in a straight line back to TA. We knock those out feeling really strong and proud of ourselves for trekking well so early in the season, on an unseasonably hot day as well.
|Running back to TA after our trekking loop.
BIKE 1A, CPs 8-14, 26mi, 2:16
|Biking from TA/CP7 clockwise back to CP14.
The key for successful towing, is that neither person, whether it is the tower or the towee, should put in any more effort than they were putting in if they weren't towing. The effort should remain the same, but the overall speed will be faster than the slow person, and slower than the fast person.I could go on and on about the benefits of towing, but this is a race report, so I'll get back on track. The rest of the ride is really smooth. We crush a couple hills, enjoy the scenery from the top of Tunnel Dam Garden Road (really GORGEOUS!!), fly down and grunt up the last hill, and then get set to punch CP14. It's at a gate just 500m from the finish, except as we approach we see a car and 2 race volunteers waiting for us. This can't be good...
BIKE 1B, CPs 15-20, 1mi, 0:24
|David and Jeff receiving the bonus map.
|It really does say bonus!! Start at CP14, collect CP15-20 in order on bikes. Bikewhacking allowed.
FINISH 8:46 total time
|Hugs and smiles.
|Did we really just do that?
|David and me post-race. With the map, natch.
|Hanging out with Team Fusion after the race! Well done team!
Full results: http://bonkhardracing.com/chill/chill-results.asp
Official photos: http://bonkhardracing.com/chill/chill-photos.asp
SuperKate's photos: https://www.facebook.com/kate.geisen/media_set?set=a.10152053885503882.1073741856.531103881&type=1
9 Balls: http://houseofkerrs.blogspot.com/2014/03/bonk-hard-chill.html