Great Adventure Challenge {Race Recap, Part 1}

This race is my Everest. I get nervous/excited before every race but I get NERVOUS NERVOUS/excited before this bad boy. It’s long and physically and mentally challenging. But, and there is always a but, I LOVE EVERY MINUTE OF THIS RACE!

Great Adventure Challenge

Let’s start at the beginning – I have done this race 4 times over the last 5 years. I missed the race in 2012 because one of my BFFs (and bridesmaids) got married. The race never gets easier but I fall more in love with it every year. I already can’t wait until next year’s race!

The Great Adventure Challenge consists of three legs:

  • 2.5 mile kayak
  • 16+ mile mountain bike
  • 2 mile hike up and down a ski mountain

Generally I do better on the bike than I do on the kayak and hike which is weird because I’ve only mountain biked four times in my life (the four times I’ve done this race).

This year, I woke up bright and early Saturday morning to perfect race weather, it was sunny, warm but not hot and not humid. I packed up my arsenal of race snacks and supplements the night before so I only had to worry about eating breakfast in the morning.

Race Snacks

In order to avoid committing the ultimate race day sin (trying something new) I tested the nuun the night before, liked it, and made a couple water bottles for race day. I packed up two packages of my favorite Black Cherry Shot Bloks in my bra and in my bike pouch. I saved the Quest bar for post-race and never ended up eating the Gu.

The Almond Pecan Crunch was delicious but I found it wasn’t great for race day, too dry. I was struggling to get in enough water as it was so these were mostly saved for post-race. So with my snacks packed up I was ready for the day.

The race starts down on the beach were tons and tons of volunteers help everyone get their kayak in the water. Once everyone is set at the start line, there is a cannon blast (sorry to all those trying to sleep on a Saturday morning) and we were all off!

Due to the whole water situation, I didn’t take any pictures but I did see a loon and a loon baby at the beginning! I also get hit by someone which knocked my kayak into a sideways position so I wasn’t off to a great start. The kayak portion is never my best so instead of get mad, I righted my boat and kept paddling.

It was pretty windy so I struggled a little staying on track but it didn’t really matter. The day was beautiful and I considered myself lucky just to be out there on the course.

My kayak time – 38:31

My past kayak times:

  • 2010 – 34:53
  • 2011 – 36:00
  • 2013 – 41:49

Stay tuned throughout the week for the bike and run recaps!

Have you ever done an adventure race? Do you want to try one?

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Tri Me!

I signed up for another triathlon! I have seriously needed to start training for something again and the Brickman Triathlon is a great race to do just that.

Brickman Triathlon

This race is not new to me as I competed in it back in 2010. Yikes, I can’t believe it was 4 years ago. But yes, I have done this race before and I remember it being a chilly morning but a quick race. Perfect for ending the triathlon season (for me.)

triathlon set up

The Brickman is a sprint distance triathlon which means short…and great for first timers or peeps like me who enjoy training but have a real life as well. I would love to live in triathlon training world where I had hours upon hours each day to swim bike and run but alas, I live in the real world and have to go to work every day.

The swim is in a pool…yay! This means warm and quick. I do LOVE swimming but I also enjoy the ease of starting the swim portion of a triathlon staggered so I don’t have strangers kicking me in the face.

The bike is 3 loops around a flat, 3.4 mile course. Unlike the Triathlon by the Sea, this course isn’t particularly scenic but that’s ok, it just means I’ll have to concentrate on pedaling faster. Zoom!

The run is a super flat, 4.5 loop course around the town common for a total of 3 miles. Nothing much by the way of scenery. I remember it being really cold 4 years ago and feeling good running. I was cruising along, minding my own business and I saw a MAN doing a walk of shame home carrying HIS HEELS!! Yes, a cross-dressing-walk-of-shame!! If I can only be so lucky this year to see such a sight.

I thought it would be fun to look up my results from 2010 and see how I did…

Swim – 5:17 (10 laps)

Bike – 43:56 (13.9 mph)

Run – 28:37 (9:23min/mi)

TOTAL – 1:21:49

Not too bad. But I would love to beat it. Look at that run time though…great min/mi for a tri!

Now time to create a training plan and stick to it. Because this course is super flat, I will focus on doing some speed work on the bike and on the run. I honestly do not remember one single hill on this course so no real need for a ton of hill workouts (which I actually enjoy more than speed workouts.)

I’ll post the training plan later this week for anyone who is interested (but mostly for me so I know where it is at all times.)

Happy Tuesday folks!

Does anyone else have any fall races they are gearing up to train for?