Sounds like one of those races that is a little frustrating but still ends up with a good result. Nice job!
How did you guys know about the rail trail on the north side of the river?
GOALS ran a sprint race in the same park last spring, and we stumbled upon the rail trail then while we were paddling up the canal. I didn't even realize it wasn't mapped until I saw your comment here and checked with Brent. The earlier race didn't really help us the rest of the day, other than knowing, once we saw the course, how technical the trails would be for the S points.
Great to see you and have the chance to connect for a few minutes after the race!
Definitely interesting to read your report! Too bad there don't seem to be more people logging on AP since it would be fun to know what others did. Lots of potential for different choices, and looking back at the maps - both the provided maps and Google maps - reveals things I might have done differently with more planning and better knowledge. Particularly in terms of getting from the paddle takeout to the I and S sections - I was keeping an eye out during the paddle and so noticed a railing that led me to think that the funny brown line along the bump south of the islands was a rail trail, and then later saw a team biking so I looked harder and realized there was a road for the first part of it. But also getting into the R section - I didn't realize how close R1 was to HS10. (Too many separate pieces of paper.)
Kudos for bagging another podium result in the circumstances.