Adventure Racing (Kinetic Full Moon ) 13:00:00  120.0 km (6:30 / km)
Jane, Mac, and Phillipe as Salomon Cyanosis. The race was at Verlorenskloof, at the bottom of the escarpment between Dullstroom and Watervalboven.
We took a different route to the rest of the field on bikes to T1. It was going well until Phil's puncture. We were all expecting 5 more punctures, but luckily that tube lasted the rest of the way. With the change we got to T1 only 2 min off. We ran steadily to the paddle for T2 and had Red Ants in sight, still about 2 min ahead. Phil and I cost the team on the river. I moved to the back in the middle of the dam and we seemed to go straighter. Then a 6km run back to T1. I did a lot of corner cutting (not sure if it was any faster!), but FA Cyanosis ran away from us. I think the gap was about 6 min at the end of the run.
On the bikes we started steadily and made up time on FA Cyanosis eventually passing them when they punctured. We didn't have the usual bike horsepower, so we couldn't hammer them, just tried to consolidate. Towards the end of the cycle they came back past and we lost 5min in about 5km.
We lost 4 min in the transition to them. Onto an orienteering hike, with a new map. Unfortunately it was still just a topo map with 4 points on paths. Made a mistake on the 1st one with some wierd fence lines. Ok for the rest of them. We kept it steady. We were 20 min off at the end of the hike.
The next bike was mostly downhill and we made good time. We started the hike with about the same gap. The hike involved a big climb, along the top, down the kloof to an abseil and then downhill home. I cost us some time by missing the hiking trail and having to cut cross country back to it. On top we stuck to the the trail for a bit. When it started loosing height we cut across. I faffed a bit picking it up again. And then I missed the left going to CP9. But we cut across and it worked out ok. We lost plenty time on that hike with my mistakes and not moving very fast. The kloof and abseil were fun.
In the end 3rd, close to 1.5 hours behind. On a good day I think we could have outgunned Red Ants and FA Cyanosis on bikes. And maybe limited the damage on hikes. Next time!