Did you try to smile and tear a muscle? ;-)
I fell on a rock and the left knee took the impact. It left a nice sized hole! I have other ailments I could probably log but will put them down to general XPD soreness for now.
But that's all you've got to show for a bit of larking about on South Coast? I noted you didn't sleep much either.
Same knee you always impale?
Dams ride original speed bump malfunction knee?
No it was the other one but the same one I originally shoved a branch through ~20 years ago.
20 years is over the statutory limit.
It doesn't make the nerves in that leg any less dead.
Thanks for the extensive write up :) I can manage a 24hr rogaine but can't MTB, kayak or cave, so I'm very impressed!
Fortunately there weren't any massively long legs in this race. I think the longest was the trek and packraft at around 17 and 15hrs respectively. Most of our sleep was at TAs - in fact I didn't once sleep on course this time, which might be why I was so clear headed for most of it (well I thought I was clear headed anyway). In previous races we've had any of the three of MTB, trek or kayak lasting 24-36hrs in a single hit.
So is it long enough ago for you to make a final statement re your future? I am truly amazed you can remember any details - well some at least. Your representation of your team leaves me aghast - but I can't 'do' confrontations. I know it is a totally draining and exhausting situation you all face - just wonder how team dynamics work? Really appreciated the write up - I hope there were some fun times and times when you were happy.
I enjoyed most of the race. I'm afraid our team captain has alienated many team members in the past few expedition races he's done but I had no issues with our other two team members.
Despite my claims prior to the race about retirement, I will be doing another one. I have one more to go to get into the XPD Legends list (8 XPDs), of which there are currently only five members with just two more to be inducted at the next event - provided we both turn up. It was only the lead up to the event that put me off. The event itself was good fun. Getting through the first day is the hard bit but after that you settle into a routine. I'll be looking for a faster team next time though because I was unable to enjoy the MTB sections due to the slow pace and constant stop/starts.
Congrats on a solid race despite the internal distractions.