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Canadian Death Race 2015 – T minus 2 days

By SOLO

For me, the last couple of days before the race are the hardest. There isn’t much (or anything, really) of consequence that you can do at that point, except pack and repack your back. And obsess over race course descriptions and elevation profiles. And perhaps, read other people’s recaps.

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SPECS:

  • 125km of technical terrain
  • three mountain summits
  • 17,000ft of elevation gain (yes, GAIN!)
  • 5 legs, varying in length from 19km to 38km

The tough part about relay races (not that I have ever done one) is that every person depends on every other person. Each leg matters. The slower I go, the less time he has for the next leg. There are cut-offs at every leg. If the team member does not make it by the cut-off, the whole team is DQd.

I am running legs 1, 3, and 5. My racing partner is taking the grunt of the event, running legs 2 and 4. My challenge will be simply covering the distance. His will be making it back in more or less one piece.

On a continuum from cocky to overly conservative, I probably err as a latter. I will be the one on the team to plan for the worst case scenario. For the longest possible times.

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See you on the other side.

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Hugs,
SOLO

Posted July 30, 2015
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Tormuse at 7:45 pm Jul 28
WOO! :D Congrats, Solo! :D :D :D And as to your questions, as someone already said, keep in mind that this is *your* day, so there are no rules except the ones you make up. :) To put things in perspective, my older brother and his wife commemorated their wedding with a Nerf gun battle party. It was awesome! :) And you should totally have a peanut butter and bacon cake. :) If no one else wants it, then it's more for you. That sounds like win-win to me! :D

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Yitzy at 12:37 pm Jul 27
Yeah I do!

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