This one is Logs, Rocks and Steel.
We'll be doing the shorter of the two options - the Pine Crest Course.
- 4km paddle
- 22km mountain bike
- 5km trail run
All to be completed in its entirety by both members of our team of two. No problem... except for that pesky paddle!
Caution: Newbie on the Lake!
I took advantage of a week spent at a cottage and the canoe I had available to me to do some preliminary training. It took some getting used to, especially keeping the bloody thing pointing in the right direction! But once I figured out which way to lean and what side of the boat to stroke on, it all came together.
I managed an average speed of 6km/h over my trip around the lake, which I think is pretty OK for a single person in a canoe. I don't know quite how it would translate with two people - is it double the power, double the speed? Being a canoe newbie I can't say for sure... but looking at results from last year, I think we can be in the ballpark of the middle of the pack without too much trouble, then make things up on the bike and run.
Things I learned:
- Life jacket wasn't just bulky but also caused me to sweat a lot
- Reaching for water bottles is impossible without stopping paddling, so a camelback will be more of a necessity than it is on the bike
- Leaning helps when the boat is swinging on you in the wind/current
Verdict: I enjoyed my time on the water, and can't wait to train more for this!