Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Donate 5 Bucks to Make Me Work Harder

New Goals!
 Donate Here
I originally posted The Experiment back in March to see if people I barely know would donate 5 bucks to make me ride my
Heavy Steel Commuter
If I raise $2500

Full Suspension Mountain Bike
If I raise $5000

for a 100 mile ride all in the name of charity.

So far the answer has been no.  This is my second plea now that the event is closer.

When I originally posted it I believed that the power of social networking and a really donation amount might actually raise a lot of money for a good cause, now I'm not so sure.

Monday, August 20, 2012

The Great Adventure Challenge

This was my first official triathlon but with a twist on the normal events.  Kayak, Mountain Bike, Hike

First came a 2.5mile kayaking leg with about 100 boats at the start line.  Kelly and I were the only ones using sit-on-top kayaks and about 5 minutes into the race we knew why.  We were paddling just as hard as some of the others but found ourselves in the back third of the pack.

 At the end of the two and a half miles I was about 70th and Kelly was a little bit behind me.  Next year I'll be in a faster kayak for sure.

Second a 16+ mile mountain bike ride over mixed terrain with some light technical stuff but nothing too bad - perfect!  I started out easy on the bike portion passing a few people on the road section, mostly on short climbs.  It seemed like I was on par with a good portion of the other riders.  I caught and rode with another rider for a while and he let me take the lead position before we headed into the woods.  Now the fun begins.  The trails were a X-country style double track with lots of muddy spots from the heavy rain the night before.  I picked off a few dozen riders in the first woods section before we hit some dirt roads.  As I approached the front of the pack the distance between riders became further and further and I could see by the tire tracks that there were only a handful of bikes ahead of me.  At the last checkpoint I inquired and found out I was 7th and I managed to shrink that down to 3rd by the end of the bike portion despite my one crash of the race.  Going down a wet wooded section my tire skidded along a downed tree parallel to the trail.  Next year, well, I'm going to do it just the same way.  I've got no regrets about my bike leg performance.
My bike to hike transition time was on the slow side, probably 2+ minutes while I changed into my hiking boots.  The boots were a mistake.  They take longer to tie than sneakers and on the downhill my toes were jammed into the front of them like you read about.  Next year it is either sneakers or I may try it in my biking shoes and avoid the whole transition time.

I started the the 1 mile, 1200 foot climb like everybody else at a light jog and like everybody else I abandon that idea the moment the trail started going up.  OK, there were a few that broke into a jog along the climb but I wasn't one of them. 
I crossed the finish line in 2 hours, 24 minutes +- which put me in 3rd place in my 35+ age group.

Kelly had her share of mishaps on the course and finished in about 3 hours, 30 minutes.  All and all, not bad for somebody that has only mountain biked less than 10 times in her life.  People continued to stream in over the next hour or so.

In the end, a good time was had by all.  I can't wait until next year's race!

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Saco River Olympics 2012

The first quinquennial Saco River Olympics were held this year. Participation levels were excellent and there were a few surprise outcomes.  Unfortunately the swimming and kayaking events were canceled due to time and weather conditions. 
Outhouse dash
A spirited run from the picnic table in the campsite, up a hill, sharp left turn to the outhouse and back. 
Name/Time (seconds)
Wendy (barefoot with baby)/46.00  (Very honorable mention)

Alas, there were no pictures from this event

1.1 Mile Loop (running)
A run over a slightly rolling packed and loose gravel road.
Name/Time (min:sec)
Lee/16:13 -dog poo time

2.2 Mile Bike Race
Two laps of the running race competed in several heats.
Name/Time (min:sec)
Naomi (first lap)/8:00
Naomi (second lap after break)/7:10 (Woo Hoo - first time on a bike in a long time)

100m Dash (on road)
Group start dash.
Name/Time (approximate, in seconds)
Kelly/15 Oh Yeah!  Let's do that 422 times (marathon distance) and then see who's in first place!

Jump Roping
Best of 2, any style based on number of successful jumps.  In this exciting event Kelly seemed to have it locked up with 204 jumps.  Rose went last and STUMBLED on jump 203!  She recovered and went on to take the gold.

Name/Number of Rotations
Naomi/15 (I'm pretty sure she did more than Adam at one point)

River Hunting
Judged on usefulness, quality and quantity.
Place/Name/Items found
1st/Brian/Nice Aviators, Nice Pair of Flip Flops, Nice exercise Headband
2nd/Rose/Boston Celtics Hat, Rubber Bungee with rusted hooks, dirty but nice headband, broken sunglasses, retrieved nice sunglasses that Tom initially spotted
3rd/Kelly/Nice half of a clampy tie down thing
4th/Lee/3 bungees & huge kinda broken aviators 
5th/Tom/Spotted, but did not retrieve, sunglasses
Mountain Climbing (1.25 mile / 1200 foot)
Limited entry event.  A tough climb up a steep and technical trail.  Times are based on the trip up the mountain.  Return times were similar for all athletes but not recorded.
1. Brian - 27:10 (Still recovering on Wednesday)
2. Pedro - 34:40
3. Kelly - 34:55
(Stock Photo, Not only did we not take pictures but we were in the clouds)