So when Nick said he would rather do the race than go to the parade, I wasn't exactly in agreement. The race was short: 2 mile kayak, 5 mile bike, 2 mile run, which I used as a reason that it wouldn't really be "worth it". Someone I changed my mind and am glad I did.
This race is part of a series called:
There are normally three races in the series but this year they had to cancel the third race. The overall series winner after they add times from the races wins a $100 gift certificate.
What made this race unique was that you had to race the clock. They staggered the starts by launching 4 boats every minute as to not clog the river. So while you race you have no idea who you are up against [again they had relays and teams in the mix] or what time they started. Some people even started a full hour + behind where we did since they had to hold a 2nd heat for the rental kayaks.
After the kayak section I was already tired but the bike was on flat terrain so that was fine. However, I have never run on "jelly legs" quite like I had to on Saturday! Crazy feeling and I felt like I was going sooooooooo slow. However, I ended up winning overall female by 5 minutes with a time of 1 hour and 37 seconds! It was very strange finishing and having no idea how you did compared with the others until the awards several hours later. Nick beat me by a smidge at 1 hour and 10 seconds, and we both won the Crooked River Series so we have $200 to spend at an outdoors store! Hopefully they have kayaks on sale! ;)
I'm glad we did the race but I really missed the parade! We'll see who gets their way next year! :)