I hadn't done an AXS race in a while due to sicknesses. I was looking forward to working on my speed and competing in this fast-paced race. I asked if Danelle Ballangee wanted to race with me to create a coed girls team for this race, "so we could try to beat the boys" and she agreed!
So we prepared our gear for what we did know:
1. Run to boats ~5 miles,
2. Kayak ~ 6 miles at an ultra high river level of nearly 4000 cfs and try not to swim,
3. Bike to ropes for the Tyrolean Traverse ~10 miles,
4. Bike to the TA to learn of our new checkpoints,
5. Bike some more [ended up being about 15 miles with a short bike-whack]
6. Rogaine orienteer on foot [about 4 miles], and
7. Bike home as fast as possible! [about 10 miles]
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The race started and Danelle and I focused on maintaining a steady pace up the hill, keeping the pack leaders in our sights. With a good route choice, we ended up jumping ahead of a few teams who had gotten ahead with their beginning-of-race exuberance.
We transitioned to the bikes and pace-lined with Thole Craic on the way to the ropes challenge. The ropes challenge was a 400' Tyrolean Traverse across a gully that was ~200' deep. Typically this really wears me out, and while ALWAYS difficult, I did better than I ever had which was exciting.
Next we found out where the rest of the course was going to take us. We made good time to the orienteering course through hail and a short rain, then stagnant heat.
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We had finished the O course and snagged the last 2 CPs via bike on the way to the finish line. We hammered, and had a fun time on the last bits of single track. What a blast! We were the first team to cross the finish line (well...we tied with Jeff LaForce and Garret in an exciting and hilarious sprint to the finish), and you know what?....We beat the boys!
Our strategy paid off. We won first over all the team divisions, and first in our 2 female division.
It was an awesome day, an exciting win, and some great racing experience.
Here are the posted results: http://axsracing.com/wp-content/uploads/BV14.pdf