A Dose of Humility
Posted Tue, August 24, 2010 - 6:22 PM
Last week the Gnome Hunters headed out to New Hampshire to race in the Untamed New England expedition race. We fielded a four-man open team; me, Brian, Rick and Dave. Liz and Chris came out as well, but since it was an unsupported race, they could treat it as a real vacation.
Let's just say that our performance was a bit of a disappointment. And it all started with the portage wheels. (Depending on who you ask, it might have started even earlier.) I also navigated too conservatively at times, and that meant we lost time to most of the rest of the field.
That's not to say we didn't have a good time and see some beautiful sights while navigating through the wilds along the Canadian border. We didn't get to see as much of it as we hoped, but at least we did keep plugging away and finish a short course. Many of the teams didn't make it through the second night (always the black night of despair) and in the end, 12 of 41 teams dropped out or went unranked. Brian has a detailed writeup on Facebook that describes it all - the good, the bad, and the ugly.
Sunrise from the summit of Magalloway Mountain.