Jason wore a chicken suit to the pre-race briefing. Just because he could.
At the pre-race briefing
Our team, all ready to begin the race
Jason and Sheila say goodbye before the start, as they'll be racing on different teams
Looking for the checkpoints on the initial skate/scooter leg
Kip thinks: This is the first race where we've rode our kickbikes through water!
Leslie on the kickbike
Dave and Jason, recording the information from a checkpoint
Biking from the town of Haskell down to Lake Stamford
The road is beginning to get a bit muddy...
...and now it's a bit muddier...
...and finally, the clinging mud forces us to walk the bikes
Kip trudging along with his bike
Jason pushing his bike
Leslie expressing her joy at the situation
Dave's bike managed to pick up a little mud, as well
Jason modeling the latest in racing fashion: Mud Brown
Leslie getting ready to go again
Dave removing his shoes, along with a pound of mud
In the RV, discussing strategy
Kip confirming the points for the next leg
Leslie getting ready for the paddle
Jason getting ready for the paddle
Checking the map one last time...
...and confirming our intended route
Dave launching his boat
Our fabulous support crew diving in to clean the mud off our bikes
After the night paddle, and a bike ride, and a trek around a ranch...
...we return to collect our bikes and prepare to bike back to the lake
We've once again thwarted our support crew's efforts to keep our bikes clean
Fortunately the muddy roads are at least ridable at this point
We gratefully leave the muddiest section of road behind
Pavement! Now we're cooking!
At least the flowers are pretty
Dave glad to be back in transition
Airing out the shoes...
...not to mention the feet
Jason taking a load off
Leslie apologizing to her bike for everything she's put it through
Time for the second paddle leg
At least we'll have daylight for this one
Our crew wishes us luck
Jason happy that we'll soon be sitting down in the boats again
Must remember to bring the map
And we're off again!
Leslie demonstrates how she keeps up with her carbs during a race
Beer and boating... it doesn't get any more Texas than this
The maze of plants in the water is certainly easier to navigate during the day
In the daylight, you can actually SEE the plants coming before your boat runs into them
Meanwhile, our awesome support crew is continuing to fight against the mud we bringing back
Let's dry those toesies
Before this transition, we did a bike, a hike, and then another bike and a hike...
...but we don't seem to have any pictures of those legs, so you'll just have to take our word for it
The final transition is a nice, organized-chaos type of affair
Starting off on the final biking leg
After two full days of racing, the roads are finally pretty much dried out
Kip always tries to take his naps while maintaining forward motion
A nice view of the ranch spread out below us
Negotiating our bikes over an obstacle
Punching a checkpoint
Of course, it wouldn't be any fun if the roads were completely dry
We begin to sense the map isn't quite correct... again
Yep, definitely need to double-check our route, here
There should be another road RIGHT HERE!
We're professional navigators... don't try this at home, kids
It's a good thing that Guy was here to take pictures of us at our best
Leslie wishing us guys were better at admitting we were lost
Our team contemplating mutiny
We finally decide that the road on the map just isn't here, and start planning an alternate route
At least we have a new plan
It's somewhat daunting that the night, and this leg, are both just beginning
One very long night (and a few more mistakes) later, we manage to finish the race, somehow still in first place. Yay!
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