Team MOJO Race Report
After participating in a number of races in the last few years, I am convinced that it is near impossible to have a perfect race prep! Something about working full time, running your own business and raising a family as well as being active team members of our church band seem to occasionally get in our way….
Our race prep was fairly average and we both managed to include some snow ski training (endurance and muscle strength for Errin) and learning to fall down better (me). We entered the race last minute after a little coercion from our training partners. We tell you this only to take away your excuses…..If we can do it so can you! We signed up this time with a goal of finishing the race and getting all the mandatory checkpoints.
Race day was at the end of a particularly busy week for both of us and our enthusiasm was dampened by weariness. But never the less we set out…
The race plan and mapping were relatively straightforward with no major surprises.
The race began with a 400m run around the start area, I immediately chose E as the runner, his legs are much longer and his average speed is , well……faster! We then stayed with the pack until the first few checkpoints. It was a bit of bottleneck and this was the first time I ever had to line up to get the card stamped.
The first major challenge involved pushing our bikes up a cliff. I’m not sure we really needed to do this but we did (as did a mass of other people). Probably just as well this was at the start of the race because I’m not sure I could have done it near the end. After navigating a few races I was seriously glad not to be navigating this one. The trail was slippery in places and I managed to utilize my ski falling down training, to do a nice slow motion fall on my bike. Thankfully I was able to get straight back up and keep going.
The next section was a Rogaine. I think you are meant to run – but we (and stacks of others ) didn’t get that memo. We did run down hill where possible though. It was at this point we eyeballed Team Yellow. They became our nemesis, as they seemed to be going similar pace to us. Rogaine successfully completed and onto a short bike leg. The temperature was climbing by this time but we had refreshed with GU and managed to stay well hydrated so we felt pretty good. Run –kayak –run was next or maybe we should call it run – kayak – carry kayak up hundreds of metre hill – run section…the kayak was relatively painless and we were happy with our upstream down stream strategy. A strong head wind had picked up we were excited it would potentially help us kayak back home on the last leg – however the wind died down just as we started back…shame..
After meeting up with Team Yellow and others E led the way finding the checkpoint waaaaaay up the creek. It was fun and cool (literally) walking along the creek bed! Thankfully we never met any other creatures enjoying the scenery. After clicking up the creek checkpoint we climbed up the hill again to what we thought might be the next checkpoint. The compass really would have been useful here because we ended up going a little off track…funny enough who should come out of the bush also going the wrong way but - yep Team Yellow. Finally we made it back to our bikes and to the final leg. This mostly consisted of pushing our bikes up lots of hills and throwing them over barbwire fences. E managed to push extra bikes up hills for a few grateful racers too, what a champ!
With only one minor navigation error we were guaranteed to be in by one – which was also a goal for us. We rode in –yeah finished!! Checked in with Matt only to be told we had missed the last checkpoint…oh well back out again, no point getting a time penalty when it was so close. We got it and guess who was there….yup Team Yellow. Sadly Mr Team Yellow had broken his chain and had a stack so he was now looking like Team Brown and Red. Finally though we really did finish…twice and so did Team Yellow. (Hope your are ok Mr Team Yellow – and thanks for the competition along the way! ). I concur... a couple of issues with grammar that's all.
A big thanks to the iAdventure team for putting on a great race and a great course... Team MOJO will definitely be back for more!
E and Jo Team MOJO AR