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A Wife's Perspective: How Often Can you expect a "Storm of the Century?"
posted Tuesday, September 25, 2007 by Team Checkpoint Zero @ 1:53 PM - 0 comments

As I prepare my personal gear as well as a few support crew supplies for the upcoming Xstream Expedition Race in Moab, Utah, I have to wonder what the H*#@ am I thinking? Remember last year?

The airlines confiscated our camp stove and lantern, which had to be repurchased upon arrival in Moab. Flying with the bike was a lot more expensive than we were originally quoted and the ticket agent gave us a hard time about some of the gear we were bringing along.

But, we love Moab and the team was counting on us, so we continued on. That's when Mother Nature dropped the "Storm of the Century." That's right. It rained, and rained and rained. It rained so much I spent the race huddled in a minivan with all of the gear and only a tarp (thank you to the Colorado police officers whose support team loaned it to me) for shelter. It rained so much that there were mudslides closing the bike trails, and some of the roads, transition areas were flooded and the race was cut short -- very short. Hotel rooms were extremely hard to come by and we ended up with a lot of extra time on our hands. I felt awful. I had wasted my time and my money and never wanted to travel for a race again.

So why are we going back? Well, time works wonders. Also, I know that by definition we won't see another storm like that in Moab until the year 2100.

- Lisa Cox

My fanny still hurts 6 days later
posted Friday, September 07, 2007 by Team Checkpoint Zero @ 12:33 PM - 0 comments

Well, now I know what it feels like to paddle 100 miles in one stretch. Six days after finishing the Colorado River 100 Sept. 1,my butt still smarts a little.

The longest I'd paddled my Ruahine Firebolt in one stretch was probably 42 miles at the Suwannee River Challenge last fall. So, I obviously learned a lot by going well past the 50-mile mark -- kinda like when I first pedaled in a long, fast group road ride. There's a lot to distance kayak racing besides being able to paddle fast. There's drafting, properly preparing your boat for a long race (my rudder kept slipping so I couldn't turn the boat well --very frustrating!), staying focused on your pace despite the persistent ache in your fanny and monotonous scenery, and continually looking for the fast water.

I finished 6th in the solo-unlimited class, which included and all sorts of boats from sleek surf skis to open decked boats built for the Texas Water Safari. I learned a lot from watching the amazing racers there (including my buddy Kip Koelsch from Florida who finished 3rd!!!).

A few other tidbits I picked up:
  • Make sure your dad (or other support person) knows where the dock ends and the water begins. My dad should have been watching where he was running rather than looking at me as I was pulling in to the CP at mile 64. I would have laughed myself to delirium if I wasn't in a race (he laughed, too).

  • The Texas paddling community is VERY cool ... lots of laid-back folks, parents paddling with kids, etc. It was one of the best-run races I've EVER done.

I'll be back. Now, anybody up for the Yukon River Quest?

- Paul