Adventure race race (KillaMetro) 3:37:45  ** 46.57 km (4:41 / km) +232m 4:34 / km
After a dreadful night's sleep I almost didn't get up but I thought 'Hey, it's adventure racing. When have I EVER had a good night's sleep before a race'. So I got up anyway.
I started off the day with a bruised shoulder. During the rogaine yesterday I got angry with a fence so tried to walk through it, thinking it'd see my angry face and get out of the way. Instead I ended up face down tangled up in the fence. Mundell thought this was most amusing. Later I got angry with a rock so fell on it, thinking it might also move. It did not.
Started off running around an oval collecting pegs. Apparently the first exercise was to hang out John's underwear so I just copped the penalty on that one.
Hopped in the boat and headed out for the western controls. Thought I'd see how long it'd take me to get to the compulsory and then decide whether to go to the optional. Since it was only four minutes or so out to the first (plus two minutes waiting for people to punch, including one unlucky sod who'd already lost his punch card), I decided that the optional would gain me time so went for it. Passed Fully on the way, who'd dropped his map in the river and was on his way back to it. Control #3 in the opposite direction was on a silly jetty but I drifted past it. Decided it would take too long to try and manoeuver the boat in place so I just jumped off into the river and swam to it whilst the boat drifted off somewhere. Jen thought this was quite amusing. No problems with any of the rest except the stone table & chairs. Apparently a tree is also a stone table. Who'd have thought? Saw Wally on the run leg when I still had a kilometre or so to go on the paddle. Blast. Got back to the beach to discover I'd lost yet another water bottle to the might Swan.
Ran around like a headless chook (again) trying to get out of the school grounds since some mean person had put a fence up. Didn't know what Tooms was on about with his warning to run along the road because i tried that but it must have been the wrong road. Got out eventually. Struggled big time on the run, only managed >5min/km, which is a bit dismal, but yesterday drained me. Fully and I took it in turns leading each other astray, firstly just after #16 (my fault) then on the way to #14 (his fault). After that I got fully sikma of him so left him behind, then went the long way around to get back into the school.
I broke my bike, poor Anthem :-( Got stuck in 4th gear after first getting a puncture then a minute later tried to ride down a steep path with a culvert in it and ended up flipping the bike over. Thankfully I'm well versed in the art of landing without killing myself but, being new, the Anthem hasn't learned this yet and I busted the derailleur. Eventually decided I could deal with the grinding of the derailleur sitting in the cluster so whacked it up into 6th, which managed to get me past Saz, Juffy and the Robin/girl combo even though I'd passed them all ages earlier. Lost lots of time because of this.
My running was a bit poor on this leg, just like the previous run, but after control #2 I put in a surge to catch Saz and a team, then a bit later another team, some guy who was running faster than me but got lost on the upstairs control, a girl, then Fletch. Fletch got away from me though after we all failed to find the control on the 'ruined' fence.
Had fun out there, probably not recommended to do it a day after a 6hr rogaine but still collected all the optional controls to finish 2nd behind Wally McWallyWally and load up on Shotz gear again.