A friend in Wisconsin posted on her facebook this spring that she was doing a race that was a run, bike, and canoe. MY THREE FAVORITE THINGS ALL IN ONE?! I had to find one. Googling I went and came up pretty empty. There were a few I found in Ohio but they were all on the other side of the state. I sort of forgot about the idea until a few weeks ago when I was googling again and found an adventure race series right here in Northeast Ohio! DANG EXCITED! The problem? I haven't really been training. For anything. At all. I mean I take Blaine on recreational runs (3 miles or less) and fun bike rides (5 miles or less) but haven't really been in a training pattern since April when I was training with a friend for her half marathon.
I found the race about a week and a half before. It was a 2 mile run, 10 mile bike, and 5 mile canoe. Very do-able! So I made a point to run 2 miles a day and that was about it. We signed up for an "All Phase Team" which meant both Nick and I ran, both biked, and then canoed together in the same boat. We could have done relay but heck if I was paying the entry fee, I was doing the whole dang race!
All in all it was a great experience! I was sore the next day from the CANOEING (!!) but nothing else. I mean how often do you RACE a canoe for an hour? LOL. We did a lot of passing people during the canoe part suprisingly! Our 2 miles run took 14 minutes (pretty good considering Nick was deathly ill all week and hates running) and I biked the 10 miles in 48 minutes (Nick demolished me with a time of 38 minutes or so and waited at the canoe livery for me to get there) and had a total finish time of 2 hours 5 minutes.
Changes for next time: TRAIN before hand (lol), borrow someone's road bike (there were some majorly wicked hills and everyone on road bikes made people on normal bikes look like they were standing still), and possibly learn to kayak so I can enter the solo division.
The next race in the series is August 6th but unfortunately I have something going on that day. After that, it is October 22, and has participants orienteering, rock climbing, canoeing, biking, and running! YIPEE!