7:38 total race time.
1st place female
Not my smartest race, but a good physical performance.
Picture on Left: James standing in for me at the awards ceremony. I was running an errand.
- Fast transitions are good, but take a second to make sure you're truly ready to go!
- Tie your map to you or get a neck strap, dangit! You can't keep chasing that thing everywhere!
- Wear a skirt while paddling, the rapids may be minor but the wind may have it out for you.
- Thank your race-angels and offer to buy them a beer for pulling you and your boat out of the water :)
Things Done Right
- Physically ready for the race.
The race started on bike. It was a steady climb to the top and I played it smart, tagging on the draft of the lead peloton. The field eventually spread out, but I maintained a solid pace and met some fun pace-line amigos willing to trade lead and draft for part of the way.
The rappel was in Onion Creek along a creek-side bluff. I scrambled up the rock on my way to the rappel. At the top the wind stole my map that I had tucked in my britches and tossed it to the bottom of the canyon. I debated leaving it down there until after the rappel, but feared an updraft may come and hide it elsewhere. So, I scrambled back down, got it and scrambled back up. I stashed it in my backpack to prevent it from happening again. This would bite me later. I should have bought a map case with a neck strap before this race, and it would have saved me time and mistakes.
Bike/Rappel Split: 4 hours 53 minutes.
The total biking mileage was 47.4 miles with 5,589 feet of climbing.
I was gaining on 2 racers in front of me. I could see them in the distance, and it inspired me to keep it up. I realized I had forgotten my map, but it was too far to turn around. I decided it was okay. I had the course pretty well memorized and remembered that I needed to take the large reentrant off of the trail to gain access to the correct canyon. And, I determined that I'd use context clues like racer foot prints to ensure I chose the right way. But, when I got to that area, there were hikers and their tracks everywhere....a kink in my plan. I tried to follow the trail to the reentrant I knew, but in my hurry, lost the trail. I couldn't find a way down into that reentrant without risking limbs. So, I circled around and waited for the team I saw coming to the previous CP. They thankfully let me tag along and we ran to the CP did a short, but fun canyoneering section and ran back to the TA.
Run/Canyoneering Split: 1 hour 29 minutes
Running Mileage: About 7 miles with ~700 feet of elevation gain
I passed several racers and enjoyed being on water. I was gaining on the 10th place person toward the end of the paddle and decided I'd make my move and pass him. So, I turned up the heat and made a B line. However, the wind had picked up so fiercely, I could hardly paddle! I looked over at the guy I was trying to pass and he was having the same difficulty I was with water coming off of his paddles horizontally! I'd never paddled in this kind of wind! I was in the middle of the river and he was on the edge. Why was he on the edge? Vhoooosh! The wind dunked me. I threw a brace, but I scooped water into my cockpit and didn't make it upright. I was underwater. I rolled up, but with all the water in, I wasn't able to nail the roll. "Okay," I said, "I'll get it this time, I've rolled a swamped boat before." But my hips and thighs slipped out and so I was swimming.
The water was cooooold! I was swimming the boat to the bank when I heard someone say, "Are you okay?!" I looked up to see a guy who had stripped down to his skivvies and started swimming in to help me. They had been driving by and saw me flip. There was no stopping them from helping me! He and his buddy helped me wrestle the beached whale out of the water and dump it. It was so heavy I honestly don't know if I could have done it without their help. The ground was pure mush and we were sinking in to our knees. Once the boat was empty, I jumped back in and asked them if I could buy them some drinks or food for their unselfish help. They said they were late to go climbing so had to move on. I decided maybe they must have been race-angels :) I crossed the finish line a few minutes later.
Kayak Split with Swim: 1 hour and 16 seconds.