|The paddle out to Fort Gorges, Casco Bay. Photo: Strong Machine racing.|
So flash forward a decade and we are back on the trails of Bradbury SP (and mostly wet and slippery as I remembered). Here are some of the highlights of our 24 hours of racing:
|Gathering maps at the start. Photo Strong Machine racing.|
|Coming into transition after a long time on the bike.|
Photo Strong Machine.
3) Despite my irrational hatred of Bradbury Mountain, we acquired every one of the mountain bike checkpoints set in the race, including the Bradbury Mountain bike orienteering section. I only had one epic over-the-handlebars crash that resulted in a face full of soft forest duff. Rumor has it that this was around 80 miles of mountain biking in total. For someone who isn’t particularly fond of mountain biking, I am pretty happy with this accomplishment.
|Scrambled Legs and Aching making a plan. Photo Strong Machine racing|
|Beautiful Casco Bay. Photo Strong Machine racing.|
|Oh my gawd! Are you, like, doing the Amazing Race?|
|photo Strong Machine racing|
|North Franklin 12U All Stars. Who said I can't be in two places at once?|
Play ball kids!
11) I think my favorite part of racing is always the hours after darkness when the world grows quiet (assuming it isn’t pouring rain, that is). This year was no exception. This year brought us a perfect Maine night with a great mix of mountain biking and on-foot orienteering during the hours between sunset and sunrise. I am grateful for the laughs, the stories, the tired feet, and the memories. This only happens when you have awesome teammates!