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Untamed New England: Savoring the Moments

I’m still not sure how to begin to write a comprehensive recap of such a long event, so over the next few days, keep an eye out for a series of more detailed musings from the race course… 


When you add it all up – the driving, the eating, the visiting, the sleeping, the stopping, and the rehashing – it took me and Brent three days to get back to Philadelphia after last week’s Untamed New England adventure race.

For point of reference, that’s about as long as the race itself.

I spent a fair bit of time during those long hours in the car lingering over the race, trying to hold onto every moment of my 61 hours out on the course –

…the surge of emotion (and the requisite attendant tears) I experienced at the starting line, when I said goodbye to Brent and the GOALS gang and went to join my ARMD teammates to ready our canoe and kayak…

…the feeling in my shoulders during the several-kilometer portage, when I had roughly 70 pounds of weight dangling from my neck…

…the sight of the orange fire that shot across the sky as we paddled into the first night…

…the frustration of bike-whacking over, under, and through the dense New Hampshire forests…

…the anguish of being lost in the woods, and the elation of finding our way out again…

…the middle-of-night dual consciousness, where you know what you’re seeing couldn’t possibly be the 200-pound badger-mole it so strikingly resembles…

…the triumph of climbing up to the summit of Magalloway Mountain at sunrise on Saturday morning…

…the pain in my feet as my blisters grew blisters, and the relief I felt as I resigned myself to their presence…

…the excitement of crossing paths with the GOALS crew, and watching my husband gracefully navigate his team to a 5th place finish and redemption from last year’s frustrating end…

…the exhaustion that crept up as we plotted the points for the final foot section, and the reserves that I found when we headed back out again up the ski slope at the Balsams resort in Dixville Notch…

…the wonderment that began to set in after we crossed the finish line at 1:49 AM on Sunday morning, and only continued to mount as I watched the other teams roll in throughout the morning…

…the fullness I felt every time I ran into a transition area to find a smiling volunteer, or a fellow racer – the privilege I felt to be a part of this incredible community.

7 responses to “Untamed New England: Savoring the Moments

  1. Denise August 19, 2010 at 7:16 am

    perfect start to the recap!!! love it!

  2. Nobel4Lit August 19, 2010 at 10:16 am

    Can't deny that I'm jealous… I heard Jet Blue is doing an all-you-can-jet thing… certainly wouldn't hurt!

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