Love your write ups. And, what do you know, we were snorkeling on the same day. :) I had to log it for the jelly factor. :)
What an adventure! Thanks for sharing all the details.
yes snorkeling is perfect recovery activity! it reminded me that i really like swimming.
it was a super adventure. both paddles and the Mountain Pine bike were in my "best of AR" list. course design was excellent i thought. the big trek was monotonous/tedious, but there is literally no other way to get us to Nohoch Chen sinkholes and those are such a unique and precious location for Belize. so at least the monotony was justified.
Sounds more like a beautiful adventure than a race! Awesome write up. Regarding unmapped trails and flagging...AAS did the same thing at Equinox Traverse. Known Unmapped trails were a major advantage to local teams in the first trek. Later, we had to follow flagging on bikes to get to a TA. I think every team got lost. If you made it to the end of the flagged trail, it dumped you out in a trail system which you had no map for! I believe there is zero place in AR for flagged routes. Done it in 3 races...got lost in every one :)
@Britt, visions of last year's Jersey Inferno start :)
Yes that would be flagging race #2!
Re: Equinox Traverse.
We (Team AAS) luckily had a trail map for Bear Run pre-race and brought it. Because of that I didn't realize Doug hadn't given us one in the race packet. If I had noticed he hadn't I would have said something to make sure everyone had one because we were on bike. I think this was a significant mistake by AAS. If we were on foot, trail map not necessary.
I thought the flagging at ET was reasonable and fair for everyone (unless you had to do it at night!!!). Putting the trail on the map would be better though. Only problem is then you kind of have to put every trail intersection on the map which is a much bigger effort. Probably would have seen more people getting lost on their way in if only the one trail had been mapped w/o intersections and wasn't flagged.
*Didn't read the report though so not really sure what the complaint is.
I do agree the race looked incredibly scenic. Wish I could have been there :-(
great report. reading the stories of your sleep deprivation makes me thankful we slept a bit more!