Let's jump to the finish.........
2nd in our division! Team of 2 Male, Masters.
In any year, this would be super exciting for us, but this year has been hell.
More on that... now. Feel free to skip to the Race Stuff.
I haven't been right, at all, all year. I had COVID twice (yes I was vaccinated, don't judge me!) and a serious blood clot in my leg likely from the first COVID infection.
Despite that, I've pushed and pushed and trained and trained - but at just a lower level of intensity than ever. Any bump in intensity, especially on the run, and I'm left gasping.
Biking has got better and better to the point that I'm closer to normal
Running still not.
So I was not looking forward to this race until about a week ago. In fact I was dreading being the "slow guy" holding us back all day, it's a terrible feeling.
Last weekend we had a great ride, though. My riding hasn't been terrible and this one just felt great start to finish... back in the forest, lots of energy, so I started thinking maaaaybe it'll be OK???
The Race - Storm the Trent
I have to also say a bit about this race, and the series - it has been a big part of our lives and goals since we first tried the Hike Course in 2015. Every year we'd line up with maps and a desire to improve on what we did the year before. Get better at orienteering, faster transitions, etc.
This is the "Final Edition"... for now! But it was announced at the race that "Storm Racing" will have a new owner, so hopefully something emerges from the ashes that's equally awesome!
Thank-you to Sean for all the years of really fun and challenging courses and races!
Our Race - Storm The Trent - Trek
There were two checkpoints to get to (CP40 and CP41), each on what looked like significant trails on the map, with a not significant trail connecting them. We weren't sure how obvious that less significant trail would be... but it ended up being very obvious.