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From the daily archives: Friday, June 4, 2010

Weather was projected in the teens, gusts were over 30 mph and conditions were Icy. This was a great day for a Diet and a fantastic way to kick off the New Year! Shane and I arrived at the Rapidian Wildlife Management area in Shenandoah, VA, at 8:10am for the 9-12 hour DIET slated to begin at 9:00am. Weather on 2 January was projected to be in the teens with wind chill in the single digits. Icy conditions and 5 river crossings awaited. New Balance Soldes I was there to get a great workout and glean a few AR tidbits from Share who was shaking out his gear and plan for NGARs in mid-January After the race brief and a few gear adjustments, we stepped off at 9:20am. We had a solid plan to return within 6 hours as we both had commitments later in the evening. CP 1 We made it to checkpoint 1 without incident. kobe 11 pas cher However, what we thought was supposed to be the pink tape marker did not have the required word/message written on it. Nike Air Max 90 Dames After searching for 15 minutes or so, we decided to move on to CP2. We found out later that no words were required at CP1. Careful reading of the passport would have told us that. CP2 A series of river crossings were required from CP1 to CP2. Solde adidas As we approached the first major river crossing, the teams were scattered in various states of crossing. Some were crawling across logs and others were scouring the banks for a suitable crossing area. As the clear veteran of the two person team, Shane quickly surveyed the shoreline and made the decision to slog through the water. However, I was reluctant to get my shoes soaked in that weather with another hour plus projected on the bike. After too long a time searching for a suitable crossing, I pulled my shoes and socks off and waded through. Denver Nuggets Subsequent water crossings were completed much faster by shoes and sock removal method. Nike Air Max 2016 Goedkoop Note to Shane, thanks for your patience. nike air max 2017 dames Blauw Note to self, just suck it up next time and wade through) CP 3 and 4 – Transition to Trek. Miguel, hot soup and hot cocoa welcomed us at CP3 where we transitioned to the trek. The trek consisted of 4 locations labeled A,B,C and D. nike tn rose femme After bagging A-C, it was after 1:00pm and we made a decision to skip D due to our commitment to our 6 hour cut off. Back to the TA area and we were off. CP5 After CP4, we hopped on the bikes and headed down the hard ball to CP 5. Nike Air Huarache Uomo We quickly made CP 5 and realized we may have a little extra time and CP 7 wasn’t that far away. What the hell, we decided, let’s go get them. CP6 and 7 After accidently passing CP7, we made it to the base of the mountain where CP 6 was. Although a trail wound to the hilltop, we made the decision to stash our bikes and make a bee line for the top. We quickly made the ascent to CP6 and were able to see CP 7 from the hilltop. CP 7 was located without incident. CP 8, 9 and finish CP 8 and 9 were right off the hardball and we picked them up as we made the 12-13 mile bike back to the start. This was pretty much a straight shot, however the events of the day had begun to catch up with me. I was a lot slower than I expected on the ride back and will need to work on my nutrition plan next time. Thanks to Michelle for putting this together, Todd for assisting her with course setting, and Miguel for hot soup, hot chocolate and a warm vehicle.