Just a quick note to say Team ELM is safe and sound after an interesting and unexpected FMIJ race experience this weekend. We are all safe and sound and working on getting caught up on sleep after being awake for 2 days:)
Unfortunately Mark suffered a bad knee injury about 6 hours into the race and had to pull out as he was unable to walk without pain let alone run. We trekked for over 13hours before he got a chance to get off his feet-trouper. He is ok but will need some time to recover.
We all completed a short course paddle as the race director allowed us to continue unranked, and had a super fun time on the water complete with pump water fights and ramming speed crashes in the inflatable boats.
At 6pm Andy and I carried on racing unranked and completely for fun on the bike course (which was a super funny way to be in a race) and completed a full 24hours as a mini-team of 2. We joined up with other teams to make 6 person crews, made plenty of friends and scouted out a tonne of roads and trails on our zippy bikes. Saw an amazing moon rise that night too...
We pulled out at midnight just before the ropes crossing once we met up with our super support crew at a check point bonfire in the bush. They had also been going without sleep the entire time! We had decided to hit the road on Sunday morning so we wanted to get back to our room for a few hours sleep with the rest of our team.
Shit Happens and as every ARacer knows that there are many variables out of your control and plans change in the blink of an eye. The important thing is we are all happy and (soon to be) healthy. All is good!
Although we did not finish the race we made a tonne of rediculous road trip and race memories, laughed until we cried, saw incredible sights, and we experienced an amazing human connection in the wilds of BC.
Thank you for all of your support and positive thoughts!! Pics and race leg details once we are home and settled in...