Feet on the Farm AR

I’m a little over due getting this one out.  Which too bad, because my memory starts to go when I wait too long.  :)

In June we participated in the first Feet on the Farm Adventure Race starting in West Point, NE.    We got to race with a friend and introduce her to AR.  She kayaks, bikes and trail runs a lot so we already knew she’d rock it.   We signed up for the 4 hour short course.

Early morning for Sheri and I as we decided to just drive up in the morning, so we left around 4:30 am.  And I got pulled over halfway there for speeding in a town when the speed limit dropped.  Too early!  We chatted with the officer about our race and I was lucky with a warning.

Had a little trouble finding the check in spot, and I made a pit stop to Casey’s for some breakfast pizza….great pre-race grub.  I hoped that decision didn’t haunt me later.

After we got there, we checked in and plotted our course.  After much deliberation and deciding how far we could get in 4 hours, we decided to bike first.  Being in a highly agricultural area they incorporated some ag challenges into the race which was a fun addition.

Bike Section

Bike Section

Challenge 1, guess weight of feed in containers behind us within certain amount.  Got it!

Challenge 1, guess weight of feed in containers behind us within certain amount. Got it!

Checkpoint!

Checkpoint!

After doing the biking we felt comfortable to do, we headed back to do some trekking.  We decided to leave the canoe section up to how much time was left since none of us had river kayaking experience and it was solo…and only worth 2 checkpoints total if we went for both.

Goofing off!

Goofing off!

Another one!

Another one!

After getting all the trekking checkpoints (and spending too much time on one due to my failure to study the map more carefully).  Grr….I always replay those decisions for awhile after the race.  We decided to try one kayak and see how it went.  It was that or go after one lone bike point which we thought we’d still have time for…or at least be in the same point list if we didn’t make it.

Sheri rocking the kayak section!

Sheri rocking the kayak section!

None of us paid good enough attention or it wasn’t explained very well that there wasn’t actually any punch for the kayak, you just had to spot it.  That was a little different and caused some confusion and time lost.  After the kayak we decided if we hurried we could probably make the lone bike….but noticed there were more challenges to do!  We didn’t see them before so thought we’d done them all.

Joyce hauling hay!

Joyce hauling hay!

Shannon flipping tires!

Shannon flipping tires!

Sheri crossing the truck.  The dirty butt way.

Sheri crossing the truck. The dirty butt way.

I decided to join her and go a different route.  It's steeper than it looks!

I decided to join her and go a different route. It’s steeper than it looks!

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I’ll save you!

After the challenges we didn’t think we had time to go for the bike so we headed in.  We ended up with a third place win in our division.  We were happy to see so many other females participating in the race.

Looking back, my navigational error probably cost us 15-20 minutes of looking in the wrong spot and we definitely could have picked up the pace while trekking and placed better.

The Cuming County Visitors Bureau put on a great event and we had a great time and loved having Joyce on our team with us!  We’ll be back!

Next up….recap of various other things we’ve been doing this summer.

How’s your summer?  Busy?  Relaxed?  Fun vacation?  Runcations?

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