quick post: just a few good photos and an interesting video.
oh my goodness! this race (the trioba adventure race) was so fast and furious! it was about 7 miles of off trail orienteering on foot. the terrain had lots of babyhead rocks covered by grass or shrubs. you had to really focus on your running the whole time. if you focused on anything else for a second you would twist your ankle for sure. we all did it at least once. we somehow beat team mergeo.com into the transition by about 10 minutes, no doubt because of the great navigation by aaron and rvg. however mergeo was so fast in the transition that they left only 2 minutes after us on the mtn bike section. the mtn bike was about 16 miles with two bushwhacking (or bikewhacking rather) sections. probably about 3,000 feet of climbing which we rode in the red zone the whole time. we were totally anaerobic the whole race. the race directors expected the winners to finish in around 4 hours - we finished in 3:04 - winning by :14 minutes. aaron got a flat with just a couple downhill miles left. he came running down this dirt road with his bike in his back! we tried a few different strategies to get to the finish fast. rvg thought we were too close to actually change the flat. so he tried to ride with the bike on his back (see the second to last photo). it looked so dangerous and just simply didn't work. then i ran with his bike and my bike. then aaron ran with it.. and finally he rode the last .2 miles in on just the rim! we just had no idea we had a big enough lead to walk it in! great race and the knee was perfect! no pain at all.. i'm ecstatic.
our team manager erik nachtrieb was there taking video and reporting live from the field on the race - check out his reports here.