Team Bushwhack Adventures had a great showing at the 2009 Isotopes Racing YukiJoy adventure race! When it came time for heading to the prize table, we were the first ones called, as the first place coed team! The final standings may change (that’s another story), but we will be proud of our performance regardless.
I understand some of our readership may not have the endurance to make it through my book-length race reports, so I’ll try to do a Cliff-notes version here.
Deena, Jeff, Patrick and I formed a four-person coed team this time. Sully and Roxie were our cheering section. The race started at 7am with teams plotting the 24 CP’s on their maps. We then ran through camp to the river, paddled and waded our canoes upstream for about a kilometer to CP 0, then turned around and paddled downstream for about 11 km’s, picking up CP’s 1-5 on the way.
At TA 1 we transitioned to bikes and rode about 7 km over to CP 6 and a hike-a-bike-O section. There were five more CP’s there to be found among a set of ATV trails. The overnight storm turned the red clay to slick mud, so we chose to take a risk by hoofing it instead of biking it. Apparently that was a smart guess on which would be faster, as other teams were hating the biking and weren’t happy with us as we passed them. This might turn out to cost us in the end. What cost us more was my stupidity in not taking a water bottle with me. We spent more time on that section that I thought we would and I got a little dehydrated.
Once through that section, we biked the 7 km back to Danbury and picked up two more CP’s close to town, 12 and 13. My dehydration was starting to kick my behind at this point. I was drinking and taking electrolytes, but the midday heat and being behind on fluids took me a while to recover from. As we climbed hills towards Hanging Rock State Park, I got really slow and started having a few brain misfires. At one point I intended to shift gears up but grabbed a handful of brake instead – surprise! Soon after that I sprawled out on the ground under a shade tree for a few minutes and finally got my temperature down and some fluids soaking in.
The ride up into HRSP was a killer. The road went from1100 feet to 1700 feet in about 3.5 km. If it wasn’t for Jeff and the tow rope, I might still be crawling up that hill!
At the Visitor’s Center we refilled our camelbak’s and then checked into TA2B. From there we hiked across the park, up and over a ridge and down to Tory’s Den, where we punched CP 17. As we left 17, it started to rain. We climbed back up to Moore’s Knob, punching CP 18 on the way and finding CP 19 on top of the tower at the knob.
By this time my left knee had decided to abstain from downhill’s, at least it wasn’t going to do them without screaming at me. The 4,037 rock steps in the path coming down were very painful. I wasn’t the only one grimacing. We decided then to seek sponsorship from Celebrex.
Back at the bottom of the mountain we picked up CP 22 by the lake and headed back around to our bikes. We had to be out of the park by 8pm. It was 7:30 when we rolled away. The hill that took almost an hour to get up only took 5 minutes to get down. Patrick hit 56 kph, with both brakes on. We had one hill to grind up just after we got out of the park, but from there it was all downhill back to the campground. We punched in at the finish at 7:45, leaving 30 minutes on the clock. Had we not been so ready to be stopped at that point, we probably had enough time to get one more, if not two more CP’s in that amount of time. Ah, hindsight.
Regardless of the outcome, we had a great time on the course and worked pretty well together. I’m looking forward to the Atomic AR next weekend! 24 hours of AR insanity! What was I thinking?!
Update: The results have been posted. We were penalized 1 point for not dragging our bikes through the mud-fest-bike-O section. But we were one of only three teams who hiked all the way across HRSP. Most other teams hiked in to one point and biked around to the other side to get the other mandatory point. As result, the RD gave us three bonus points, equivalent to the three CP’s we could probably have gotten in the time we spent hiking that other teams didn’t. The result was a change in points, but we still maintained first place in the 4 person coed category! That also put us in 7th place overall. Not bad!
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