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Monday, November 26, 2007

Houston Bike Orienteering Meet: Pre-Meet Letter

Location: W.G. Jones State Park (30mins from Houston, directions provided at the end of this letter)
Date: Sunday, December 2nd, 2007
Orienteering Tutorial: 8:00am
Pre-Meet Info Session: 8:30am
Start Time: 9am (depending on attendance, may be a staggered start. If so, starting times will be emailed before Sunday)
Duration: 1st orienteer should be in at around 1.5-2hrs
Cost: $5 per person (1 or 2 person teams)
Maps: 1:10000 scale, pre-plotted points

Mandatory Gear:
• Bike
• Helmet
• Compass
• Pen or pencil
• Bug spray
• Food and water for duration of event

Recommended Gear:
• Bike shoes
• Bike gloves
• Gaiters or Long pants
• Map case
• Eye protection

Object of Meet:
This should be a nice, fast, and fun course with minimal difficulty. If you have any questions about orienteering on a bike or just orienteering in general, just ask. Help is allowed for all parties prior to the start. If needed, starting intervals will be 3 to 5 minutes to spread the group out.

1. You must sign a waiver before competing.
2. Please, NO pre-scouting this week.
3. If you are unfamiliar with orienteering maps or control descriptions, please view the IOF control description sheet and a sample map HERE. Also, there will be a tutorial at 8am on meet day.
4. Boundaries are clearly marked on the map. You must obey them or be disqualified.
5. You have to obtain the points in order. Identifier numbers are provided at CPs to confirm your location.
6. No help is allowed from outside parties or other teams after the race begins, except in the event of an emergency.
7. Teams of 1 or 2 are allowed.
8. You must record your visit to each point by punching your passport in the correct order. Some CPs do not have punches and require you to write down a code of some sort. Bring a pen!
9. Some points will be 50-100m off of main roads or trails. This is the only time you are allowed to drop your bike. You can only be 50-100m away from your bike. Penalty is disqualification.
10. In order to qualify for prizes, teams must visit all CPs in the correct order. The team with all CPs and the fastest time wins. Teams are considered unofficial if not all points are visited.
11. There is no official cutoff time, but everyone should be back within 4 hours. Please let us know if you abandon the course before you leave for home.
12. Prizes will be awarded to the top three teams.

• From I-45/I-10 interchange in Houston, go North on I-45 for 33 miles
• Take Exit 81 toward FM-1488
• Take FM-1488 W ramp to Hempstead/Magnolia (on right side of feeder)
• Take FM-1488 west for 2.5 miles
• Turn left into park (there should be a sign for W.G. Jones State Park. Be careful as traffic is fast and the turnoff is a bit hidden)
• As you enter the park, take the first left and park where there is space. This is where check-in will take place.

Finally, this bike orienteering course is for fun and is NOT officially sanctioned by any organization. You must let me know by Wednesday if you plan to race so I know how many maps to make.

Please contact me if you have any questions.


Orienteering Map Descriptions

IOF Symbols and Control Descriptions

Sample Orienteering Map (partial of Bastrop map)

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Houston Bike Orienteering Meet Back On for 07!

Houston Bike Orienteering Meet

Location: exact location to be announced (within 1hr drive of Houston)
Date: SUNDAY, DECEMBER 2ND, 2007 (note date change)
Start Time: 9am (pre-race meeting at 8:30am)
Duration: 2-4hrs
Cost: $5 per person (1 or 2 person teams, fee goes to production of 1:10000 scale orienteering maps)

Mandatory Gear:
• Bike
• Helmet
• Compass
• Bug spray
• Food and Water for duration of race

Recommended Gear:
• Bike shoes
• Bike gloves
• Gaiters or Long pants
• Map case
• Eye protection

This bike orienteering course is for fun and is NOT an official sanctioned event by any organization.

Final details will be provided the Monday before race weekend (November 26th).

Please let me know if you plan to race so I know how many maps to make.

Race Director: Kenny Farrow, kennyar(at)gmail(dot)com

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

AquaTerra EXPedition = AustinTown EXPosed, Day 2

360 bridgeThe next day started bright and early...a bit colder for some. Particularly, for Caroline, who had put on her rain jacket and cinched up her hood so tightly that I could only see her nose. I got up, tried to gently nudge her awake when Raymund marched over and commanded her, military-style, to get up. That worked. We quickly packed up our site and loaded up the Ruahine for our final day of racing. We had to get our boats over to the swimming area of Emma Long by 5:45 to be properly staged before the 6am start.

approaching 2222We eventually got there and dropped our boats in the water, trying to maneuver our boat so that we didn't cross the start line, unlike Raymund and Eric, who seemed to be trying to get an edge on us. Then Chad Holman cleverly told us that it was shallow enough to stick our paddles in the mud to stop us from drifting. Duh. With a few good morning words from our race directors, we were off again, in a sprinting frenzy. For some unexplainable reason, Raymund and Eric were taking a wide turn, taking many boats with them in the process. We were barely able to sneak underneath them and take a sharper route down Lake Austin. It was dark, so we couldn't really see where we were going--just the glowsticks in front of us bobbing up and down, side to side. We didn't get caught up in the sprint and just started out steadily, slowly picking off boats as we went. The first CP of the day was at the 360 bridge. It was such a large catch, we were on autopilot for most of this leg.

cooold water!As we made the bend and saw the bridge, it was hard to spot where exactly the boat landing was, until right as we hit the beach we saw Drost directing traffic. We got on shore and were handed our CPs for the final day. This time we decided to plot all points at once since we didn't know if we would have favorable conditions to plot in later on. As we plotted, the sun started to peek over the horizon and as we went on to take out CP23, it was clear enough to see it from the road. We continued on, making a loop, back to the 360 bridge and over it to get CP22, on a high ridge. No problems here, except for a short, steep climb. On the way back we saw Ray Ray, Emo, Nikki, Cynthia, and whole gaggle of other racers just behind us. We quickly transitioned back into our boat for a short paddle to our next boat landing.

going up!It would be a bit different here as we would have to portage a bit to the next TA after reaching the boat landing. First we had to negotiate a spillway underneath the 2222 bridge. Not too bad--we actually did pretty nicely here. Then as we came over to the other side of the bridge, we saw a bit of rocky formation that we were supposed to portage over to get to the road. Nice. For some reason, the boat felt a lot heavier than before. Thankfully, a male team came over to help us with our boat and we did the same for them. We put on the wheels and continued north along the road to TA3. From there we continued on foot without our boat to pick off 6 CPs in the Bull Creek Park area. CP24 was in a draw and I thought I would have a bit of trouble with this one, but somehow I hit the right one dead on. I was feeling confident...a bit too confident. I tried dead reckoning to CP25, and it seemed to be working as the trail system was taking us in the direction we wanted to go. But when we got close to the CP it went all to heck. We spent possibly an hour or two here looking for the point. Sneakily, the Holmanators were there too and had found the point and got away before I could notice--I was standing less than 5m away from it and couldn't see it! Again, hidden in brush. I was so pissed. Thankfully, Cynthia had caught up to us and ended up in the same vicinity but had better eyes than I did and we picked it off at the same time. I was fuming.

watch that step!...Although distraught, we continued on down Bull Creek, seeing Werewolves already on their return trip to their boat. Again, for some reason, I couldn't spot CP26, which should have been right off of the trail, so I decided not to waste any time again and suggested we just get it on the way back. We got a slight break with CP27 as Caroline knew exactly where to look to find it. But, what she didn't know is that as she went to stuff the passport in her pocket when she left the CP, it had fallen out. We didn't realize this until we arrived at CP28 and she went to punch the passport. She had lost it, literally and figuratively. She was so horrified that she shot out in a frenzy back to the bridge where CP27 was to go find it. I was a bit more calm because I knew we couldn't do much about it except retrace our steps. Thankfully, Cynthia and Nikki were there again to save our bacon and had picked up our passport. Crisis averted. More teams were already heading the other way as we went to get the furthermost point, CP29. This was not a problem at all, and in no time we were heading back to pick up CP26 then back to the boats. This section was just determined to give me fits as we still couldn't spot it. Finally, by grace from up high, Caroline found it and we could return. I had figured we had lost tons of spots, but was puzzled to hear we had picked one spot up...same as the Commons Ford Park debacle the day before. Oh well, at least we weren't the only ones.

going down!We headed back to the rocky launch point and this time decided to take all of our gear out of the boat before trying to lift it over. This was a very smart move, but I still managed to make it a difficult portage. As I was backing up into the creek, my heel caught a root and there I went. The whole time I was falling, I tried to keep the Ruahine from crashing into the rocks. Yes, I sacrificed my body and used it as a soft landing pad for the boat. Caroline thought I was dead as I didn't move for a few moments. I did a physical check and nothing was broke, on either of us. Thank goodness. I think it helped that I already had my PFD on. So we carefully portaged back over to the other side of 2222 and continued on paddling. The next boat landing was near Mt. Bonnel. Again, Oasis crushed along and eventually passed us on the way to the boat landing. The wind was picking up and stifling us both. In the distance we could see the sneaky Holmanators and we knew we were catching up. We took a left into a cove, shielded from the wind and beached at Mayfield Park.

retrieving gearAs we got out, there was Iron Will again--he was just at the portage at 2222 helping us out! Man, that is one fast dude! The other volunteers at the boat landing were nice too, giving us encouragement to catch up to the Holmanators and Oasis. So we tried just that. I had a little confusion with CP30 because I had unwittingly written over the road we would need to use to get to it, but we figured it out pretty quickly. On our way up to Mt. Bonnel and CP31, we saw the Holmanators on their way back, but never did see Oasis. That was a bit puzzling, but I didn't dwell too much on that. We got atop Mt. Bonnel pretty quickly and had to read off the date on the monument. The last number was weathered so we guessed "8" and went on our way. We jogged the whole way down back to the boat launch and were pleasantly suprised to hear that we indeed had made up some time on the two teams--we actually could see the Holmanators in the water closeup and Oasis wasn't that far ahead.

mash!We dug hard, trying to catch up to them, but I think they were also as determined to keep their leads. We were making headway, but not at the rate that I thought we should. Then Caroline commented that she was seeing rooster-tailing up in the front where we had smacked the boat into a rock--that could be the reason we were seemingly going slower. As we went to cross Lake Austin to an inlet to pick up the final boat CP, we saw Raymund and Eric on their way back to the final boat landing at Tom Walsh. Were they skipping that point? We later found out that Eric had to get back home for a prior engagement. So we continued on, and as we turned the final bend in the inlet heading for CP32, the Holmanators were still there--they had gotten caught up on a rock. So we kept on, especially since we knew we had a slight lead on Oasis coming into the day. We pushed hard and arrived at the final boat landing almost simultaneously with the Holmanators. When they docked, Ashley helped them drag their boat out of the water and onto the grass. Dejectedly, I was thinking, that would be nice! Right as I finished thinking that and had started to get out of the boat, Jason Mittman did the same for us! Nice! Any little help at that time would make a huge difference.

we're done!Oasis was already on foot, so we needed to limit our losses. Holmanators paused a bit, fumbling with gear while we kept on without changing a thing. We headed for the CPs at Red Bud Isles Park first. As we crossed the bridge to the island, I saw CP33 on its own lonely island. I wasn't quite sure how to get to it yet, so I decided we should get CP34 first. This one was a code affixed to one of the doggy bag dispensers at this dog park. It took us a short while, but we finally found it and headed back to CP33. I figured the water would be shallow enough to wade at some point, so we just dove in. We both sank a bit before figuring out where the water wasn't as deep. Done. Two more CPs in Reed park and we would be totally done! This leg seemed to take forever as we had to run/walk up and down hilly roads through a subdivision. As we were about to cross a bridge over a creek that went through Reed Park, I looked over to my right and there was CP36! Nice! From there, it was an easy trail jog to a monument at CP35 to read off the date. We were done! Now we just had to book it back as quickly as possible, hoping that our Day 1 lead was enough to keep us in 3rd. As we jogged into the finish, they were cheering us and Debbie congratulated us! We had did it--we only lost 4mins that day, keeping us in 3rd by 10mins!

Man, that was definitely too close. I was so happy to be done--it was a tough yet fun race! It definitely was a good primer for USARA Nationals, which was coming up in a few weeks...

thanks again to Bryan McKenney for these awesome pics!

Monday, November 19, 2007

Lone Star Rogaine Championships Suunto Logs

SmartBelt Log

T6 Log (includes altitude data)

* pods not used due to race rigors
** log stopped due to full memory
*** altitude accuracy degraded due to low pressure system (yes, it rained)

Sunday, November 11, 2007

AquaTerra EXPedition = AustinTown EXPosed, Day 1

duet before its blemishSo this race didn't disappoint. I was really excited about doing another multiday, expedition-style race. In some essence, expeditions are simpler since you can bring only a certain amount of stuff with you without being overburdened. I liked this--less thinking required! Plus, we only had two disciplines, trekking and paddling, so no thinking about bike strategy either. Believe me, I would rather it be biking than trekking, but trekking is certainly less gear-intensive.

chillin at check inCaroline agreed to be my partner a while back and was really excited as well, which was a good thing. We were indeed going to see beautiful spots along the way, but I knew the race would be tough. Raymund and Eric were also doing the race, but they kept insisting that they were on a "camping trip" and kept berating us for "racing." Whatever. We drove over to Mansfield Dam Park early Friday to get registered and squared away. Traffic was a bear, so I was glad yet again that we were able to leave by noon. We got there and Debbie and Mike were tending shop, with one other racer already there. He was retired military, but this would be his first adventure race...wow, this is certainly getting your feet wet! Welcome to our world. As we walked up, Mike was breaking up some wooden board and was very cryptic about what the pieces of wood were for...we would find out soon enough.

prepping boat on race mornWe signed in, lowered the boat, and made it race ready so we wouldn't have to do much in the morning. Slowly other racers trickled in. Some fellow Houstonites made it as well: Oasis (Bobby and Helena) and Chaos (Nikki and Cynthia). As darkness fell upon us, the "campers" arrived and we left soon after that to get some dinner, check in and get some sleep before our big weekend. We got up at around 5am to pack up and meet Mike and the shuttle van by Tom Miller Dam, where the race finish would be. Of course, there is always less time than you expect to do all that you want, so as we arrived, we were rushing around trying to collect our gear while Mike was revving up the van. I forgot some gear in the car, as could be expected, but none of it was essential. And just like that, we were wisked off back to Mansfield Dam Park to be reunited with our vessels.

Debbie snickers as she knows what awaits usIt was a buzz of activity already, with people zipping around with headlamps blazing in the predawn darkness. We were already set to go, so all we had to do was put our paddles together and wait for further instruction. As the sun peeked over the horizon, everyone started to settle down and stood around waiting for the pre-race meeting. A few minutes later, we were handed a sheet of paper that described the ancient technique of making fire using a bow drill. Nice. This was our special test for the race--once we had settled in that night after the first day of racing, we had one hour to make a fire using a bow drill or be assessed a one hour penalty. If you read my previous post, you know how that went. Anyway, a few minutes later, we were briefed and told to stand in the parking circle as they put a folded copy of an aerial map for the first leg underneath one person's foot from each team.

about to start the madnessCaroline and I stood there joking around with MOAT (we were borrowing Dave's nice Ruahine boat) as the countdown commenced...Go! I grabbed the sheet from underneath my foot and slowly walked out from the camping area. As I was getting my bearings, we jogged in the general direction of CP3, then realized it was at the bottom of stairs that I had visited the afternoon before. Oddly, the stairs just kept going down into the water. After a bit of searching from the glob of adventure racers, the CP was spotted and Caroline took her turn to punch our passport. Off to CP2, point. Got it. Next was CP1, shoreline. We were off to a nice jog and were pacing with the Holmanators. By the time we got there, again there were a glob of teams searching and my first hunch turned out to be right as we saw teams pouring away from the CP. CP4 was the furthest away, on the other side of the dam. Down, down, down we went and I was thinking this is going to be a bear going back up to TA...but I knew eventually we would need this trail to get our boats to this side of the dam, so at least it would be a downhill portage the whole way. We climbed to the other side of the the low water crossing with Outcasts and spotted CP4. Just like that, we were done with the aerial orienteering leg. We kept seeing EMO and Ray-Ray along the way, so they weren't too far behind. In fact, I could hear them razzing us the whole time in the distance.

only time we were close to MOATAs soon as we got to TA, we were handed the remaining CPs for the whole day. Not wanting to get too far behind the lead teams for the first paddle, I decided to plot the first paddle leg only, going against my usual mantra of plot all points. And we were off just like that, with our boat in tow. On our way to the first boat landing, Kip and Jason pass by us, with Jason commenting on my bike shorts. I just assumed he was talking about Caroline's hot-red shorts she just bought. We got to the boat landing and started taking off our boat cart when MOAT zooms by. Of course, they didn't have a cart--they just carried their light and fast surfski the whole time. Easier said than done--you still have to be strong to carry that long thing with gear in it. But wait, they had everything in their backpacks which they put on when portaging--genius! We followed close behind them, but that wouldn't last for long.

portaging from lake travis to lake austinCP7 was down an inlet, easy to find. We would have to cross the lake to get to the next point, CP6, which was on the eastern shore. This would be the test of the Duet's stability...actually, our ability to stabilize the Duet. We actually did fine--it was a bit choppy from the wind coming from the south, but we paddle nicely. We actually caught up to this two-man team in a canoe. South we headed to another inlet. Apparently we chose wisely coming into this inlet because there were boat docks here and some teams and to go up and over them to get to CP5. Again, no probs here. Out the inlet and to the next CP, CP8, even more south, close to the dam on the shore. Got it. We were done with this leg, so we headed straight back for the boat landing. We were feeling good, until....WHACK! Well, apparently there was a rock right in front of us when we decided to beach the boat. As soon as we hit it I knew we had cracked the boat at least. I didn't want to look. I took a brief peek at it and I could see its insides. Crap. Oh well, couldn't do anything about it now. We loaded it back up on the cart and headed back to TA so that I could plot the rest of the points for the day while Caroline did a temporary patch job with her BRIGHT orange duct tape.

duet got a boo booWe continued on, portaging back to the south side of the damn to put into Lake Austin. As we put in, we were greeted by a stiff headwind and milfoil, both noticeably slowing our progress. We were still able to pull away from the Holmanators, who started this leg of the paddle with us, but Oasis Racing definitely had an edge on us in the water. They seemed to effortlessly sail away. Thank goodness the next CP wasn't too far away. Next stop was Mary Quinlan Park, where we were greeted by Art of TooCoolRacing. Here, we were supposed to split up, with one of us running to a land CP, CP9, and then the other would paddle the boat over to CP10 where they would meet up again. It was very tight and uncomfortable for me to sit in the front (the steering is controlled from the front seat), but I made due. It was slow going, but I could see that I was catching up to Helena, the paddler for their team. We arrived almost simultaneously at Selma Hughes Park, along with Caroline and Bobby. Caroline did great! I took some time to stretch out my squished legs and then we were off paddling again, behind Oasis.

going solo in the duetThis portion of the race seemed to give me the fits. First, we pulled into what we thought was Commons Ford Park, but we ran into Oasis who said they ran into a fallen tree and thought we were going in the wrong direction. So we turned back. First mistake. After reading the map again, I knew that had to be the right spot so both our teams headed back and of course as soon as we popped to the other side of the fallen tree, there was the boat landing. Geez. This was a tough boat landing with no real landing to get out on, so we had to get over waist deep to get out of our boats and to shore. We started off up Commons Ford Road, which apparently put us smack dab into someone's property. We didn't realize it until a freaked out man comes up to us in a bit of a hostile manner and tells us he'll have to escort us off of his property. Man, what kind of drugs was he selling?! So basically, after he walked us through his gate, we walked around his property and got back to basically the same spot, NOT on his property. What a jackass. We took an approximate bearing to CP12, which was supposed to be on a hillside, and there it was. Next was CP14 in a reentrant. There were many ditches, draws, and reentrants in this area, so it was tough to spot this one. After a few minutes of searching, we decided to move on and catch this one on the way back. CP13 was on the southern edge of the park and we had no problems getting this one. Back to the reentrant. We pace counted this time and we hit the right reentrant head on.

together again!CP11 was another headache for me. Sometimes I pay too much attention to the map and not reality. After getting back on Commons Ford road and heading a bit east on it, we took a bearing to the next CP. Problem was, I don't think anyone did a pace count. So, as soon as we hit a fence and road, which seemed to be on the map, we started our search...prematurely. We went up and down that fence and found nothing. Bobby was on the right track and kept going past the fence, but he didn't find anything. Finally, I decided to head back to the creek that lead us into the park and that's when I realized we hadn't gone far enough. Didn't matter--by the time I paced back, teams, including Oasis, were flooding away from the CP--they had found it. Caroline spotted it too, so we weren't too far behind, but I was heartbroken. We definitely weren't one of the faster teams out there, so we had to minimize such mistakes.

arrival at Emma LongSo I tried to brush that one off and we headed back to the boat. Oasis still had to plot the rest of their points, so we were actually ahead of them realtime. We paddled out to our last boat drop of the day, Emma Long Park, right behind the Holmanators and slowly passed them. I had expected Oasis to do the same to us, but they never came. We made it to the drop and we had to portage our boat to the overnight camping spot before heading out for the final trek of the day. There was also a gearcheck here, so we did that and then we headed out for our first CP, CP18, the water tank. As we arrived there, we realized we didn't have the 2nd passport. They gave us two passports and Caroline had assumed that the 2nd one was for the 2nd day, but it actually had one point for this day, CP21. Thankfully, they had clearly stated a rule that allowed us to punch CP21 somewhere on a piece of paper or our map and we wouldn't be penalized. Whew. CP15 was at a wallface, close to the lake. Caroline hit this right on as I clumsily stumbled and tumbled around. Next, CP21 up a creek draw. The cliffs were steep here, so we had to find a nice access point to climb over. Done. We hit the main biking trail through the park and a few hundred meters later, we hit the draw and the CP. I was feeling good again.

finishing day 1Then came CP19 at the base of a wall, Fern Wall. We got there in no time, but despite being 100% sure we were in the right place, we could not find the bastard. I was so pissed...and my fear was confirmed. The CP was hidden in a bush, only visible at a certain angle. We had wasted almost an hour, walking right past the CP several hundred times. But I was just glad to be the first one to find it amongst the clump of people...so happy that I forgot to get one CP that was close by. This one we would pay dearly for. We cruised back down the bike trail, south to City Park rd. Along the way, as I was barely paying attention since I was looking at the map while I ran, I barely ducked under a low hanging branch. Caroline was not so lucky--she smacked right into it and it knocked her clean off her feet! Thankfully she was okay, but I think I lost her confidence in me. She said she was seeing stars. She was doing alright, so we laughed about it a bit and I knew I would not hear the last of this one. Anyway, we quickly found CP12 at the bridge and then jaunted down the creek to the last CP, CP16, or so I thought. I was ready to head back to TA when Caroline reminded me we had one more CP, CP20...and it was ALL the way back where we came, by Fern wall. Motherf...this would take us more than an hour. I think we could have had 2nd place for the day if it wasn't for this collosal blunder. Oh well. We ran all the way up north on City Park rd, turned off at a gravel pit, found it, and ran back as fast as we could. We saw Oasis on the way back, who still had one more CP to get. As we headed to TA, they double-timed it to their last CP, obviously trying to minimize the time gap to us. They did really well and they obviously were working hard on that last run--they were only 14min back on the first day. This would be very crucial for the close, final day of racing.

no fire that nightSo, to keep us occupied while camping out overnight at Emma Long, we had a special test where we had to start fire only using the bow drill technique. As I mentioned in one of my previous blogs, we were so humiliatingly unsuccessful. Most of us were able to get smoke from the drill, but no burning embers. Oh well. I quit early as I figured it would be more important to save strength for the next day of racing. The overnight camp was fun--it was nice to just hang out and share with the other racers before having to go at it again.

Next, the close finish...

photos courtesy of Bryan McKenney

Tuesday, November 06, 2007

USARA Nationals 2007 Suunto Logs

SmartBelt Log

T6 Log (includes altitude data)

* pods not used due to race rigors
** log stopped due to full memory

Sunday, November 04, 2007

USARA Nationals Final Tally

HART/Hammer Nutrition and Tara at the Awards BanquetAll HART teams are home and accounted for. It was another tough course with beautiful scenery! Kudos to Bonk Hard Racing and Jason for organizing such a great race! Here are the final standings for HART teams:

1. MOAT (Dave, Leslie, Shaun) - 17hrs 2min
35. MOAT II (Jason and Nathan Winkleman, Julie Standing) - 28hrs 28min
38. Black HART (Tommy, Jackie, Phil Shrader) - 29hrs 26min
39. HART/Texas Dare (Ali, Tracie, Michael) - 29hrs 38min
41. HART/Hammer Nutrition (Kenny, Caroline, Weihan) - 30hrs 13min
55. Houston Adventure Racing Team (Rick, Tara, Mikey) - Unofficial

Great job everyone! What a wonderful end to the 2007 season!

Thursday, November 01, 2007

Calm Before the AR Storm

Troy giving teams instructionsSo Im here in bed, the night before Nationals start...we don't get maps until 5am in the morning. Probably good--I didn't sleep well last year because the map was haunting me since we were given it the night before! Anyway, this will be my last blog until we finish on Saturday. So far the weather is great, albeit crisp, and the fall colors are still in effect. Should be a beautiful race! Wish the HART teams luck!