Adventure Racing (XPD Africa 2011) 86:38:00  500.0 km (10:24 / km)
Team Uncharted - Danie, Wiehan, Lizelle and I. 8th place, more than 24 hours after Merrell.
Big race. Big in everyway. We had a pretty good race.
1. 14km run around Hermanus. Climbed almost 500m to the eye above town.
2. 20 odd km paddle. The sea section was cancelled. Still big waves on the lagoon.
3. 37km trek. 20km of which were on the beach.
4. 140km bike. Big one! 14 hours worth.
5. 47km trek. Another big one! 16 hours.
Halfway stop - about 3 hours of sleep.
6. 107km bike.
7. 23 km trek, slow in the dark.
0.5 hour sleep before getting on paddle. Another 1 hour of sleep when we realised we were going nowhere in the mist and stopped on the bank.
8. 24km paddle
9. 70km bike
10. 7km orienteering section on google map
11. 8km cycle home.
I had a pretty clean race nav wise. Messed around a bit in the sandy area on leg 4. Took the wrong route choice over the top on leg 5 - it probably cost us 1.5-2 hours. About 30min trying to find a path later on in leg 5. It took a while to find the high dam in dark and mist on leg 7 - I was almost ready to bail all the way back down to the lower dam. Also slow going over the hill to find the kloof. Probably a combination of being a bit tired and it being super tricky at night.
The bike nav might have been easy, but almost no mistakes. Mistakes on foot nav were small, but some of it could have been done a lot quicker.
We raced Team Energy in the first few legs. We caught Pennypinchers at halfway. We tried to get away on the paddle with them sleeping in transition, but we ended up sleeping on the bank anyway. In the end they dropped the hammer on the last cycle and beat us by an hour. They ran the orienteering leg!
Good race and good experience. I seem to be ready to commit to the next one already...