Adventure Race race (Niner Air) 17:30:00  48.0 mi (21:52 / mi) +5000ft 19:55 / mi
Raid the Rock 24 hour Adventure Race. So awesome to have an AR right here in Little Rock. Well, 30 min away this time, but still. I got to sleep in my own bed before and after racing. :)
This was the first year Raid the Rock has had a 24 hour race and to be a USARA qualifier. There were quite a few teams from out of state, but still there were very few three person teams, though. If it hadn't been on the same day as Castlewood maybe there would have been a few more. I hope they don't conflict next year, because I would really like to see more teams at this race. They did an excellent job this year with course design, organization, volunteers, etc. I was much impressed, after having a not as favorable review the past two years. This year was not urban, and it was fantastic.
At least the course was, and my teammates too, one a friend with a little AR experience but not much recent training, and the other an AR newbie. The weather, on the other hand, did not cooperate at all. Low 40's and rain the entire day. That got old, especially for my teammates not as experienced in the special self-induced suffering so commonly found in AR. We pushed through many hours after our morale took a dive and made the finish. Very proud of them.
Quick race course summary:
Start - Trek ~8-9 miles to bike drop
Clean nav here except for CP 4, where some briar patches took me a little off bearing over a long flat section and I had to adjust. We were having fun on this section, the rain was only a light drizzle and the temps still in the high 40's.
Bike 1 - ~15 miles All of the bike CP's were off the road, so lots of dropping bikes and hiking in bike shoes. One section of 3 CP's could done together, and I messed up on 2 of them, though the corrections were fairly quick. Our morale dropped a bit there.
Trek 2 - ~3 miles
By the time we reached the top of Flatside Pinnacle, where the rappel was supposed to be, they had cancelled it due to the super slick rocks. Too bad, because I know that is an awesome place for a rappel, on a sunny day. We still got the CP at the top along with three others nearby. Clean nav on this section. Cliff was starting to get really cold and had to change his base layer before we took off on bike.
Bike 2 - ~20 miles
This is where we went downhill in the morale dept. The rain had become a steady state, and the temp dropped. All of the CP's were off road, which made it go slower. By the time we got halfway to the boats, we had decided to skip a few points and likely skip the paddle as well. As we got closer to the boat drop, we found out all of the other teams had already called it and went straight to the finish, skipping the paddle and the last bike leg. We ended up basically doing the same. I was not disappointed to miss out. After all, I can help with CP retrieval. :D
All in all, still a good race. Hope they do the 24 hour again next year in the same area.