Raid The Hammer
Browner, Mrs. Tiny and I raced Raid The Hammer on a cool, grey Sunday before a Monday snowstorm. Browner and I have raced together a fair bit but it's been 11 years since the Coast Raid stage adventure race, the only other time Mrs. Tiny and I have teamed up. We approached that event as an adventure vacation so today was quite different!
All three of us are navigators so we all watched the map and terrain, talked about our route as we moved, and did different tasks at different times without any formal division of duties. Especially for our first time racing together, it worked very well. We were sloppy on #2 and #7 in the first section but other than that, we found everything where we expected it to be.
Other than one frigid stream crossing where we went up to mid-thigh deep, running conditions were about as good as they could be. The leaves were down so visibility was great and - except in the thorny sections - the forest was beautiful. It was a fantastic day to be running on trails and through the woods. Mrs. Tiny was our workhorse, pushing the pace. It was hard work but a lot of fun.
We ran behind the Speed Bunnies for quite a while on the long trail run between controls #8 and 10. Very motivating! There were a few long runs in this race, which reminded me that I should be training more. In the end, we were proud to get the Female category win. We'll be sore tomorrow!
Thanks to Anvil and his awesome team for another great day in the woods.