As I write this, in just over 6 days, 10 hours, 17 minutes and a fistful of seconds, Team #TriHarderAR will be loading onto a bus at 5:30am to be brought to the secret starting point of the 2015 Beast of Ballyhoura Adventure Race – the finals for the 2015 Adventure Racing European Series (ARES)
Following on from where we left off at the Share Centre feeding ourselves with homemade lasagne and x1 packet of crisps it became apparent that despite what we believed from the briefing there was no requirement for the non-stop racers to dib in at the centre and most of the other racers obviously were not stopping.
We were only ten minutes halted to grab a quick bite and toilet before we were off again. Darkness was down at this stage, we met one other team coming in as we went out and back onto the road with our support van following behind.
Following from The Preparation…
Saturday saw us up and about the house early with the kids. It was a dry, fine day but being the West of Ireland that could change by the time the morning cup of coffee was finished!
We all busied ourselves, Edel was flat out making sandwiches and packing lasagne, I was mucking about at the van fitting Siju lights on the bikes and installing the compass on the kayak. Maurice was assembling the air bed and helping with ensuring all was on board that would be needed. That was alright until I realised I’d left 2 boxes on the kitchen floor back in Galway.
The stress levels were about to go through the roof as I frantically tried to remember what was in the boxes..
So easy to look at something in hindsight and find fault and very often the purpose of attributing of fault is to justify your own shortcomings.
On one hand I am delighted with the weekend spent Coast2Coast racing with my wife – all that I expected and hoped would happen did. We came down off the mountain tired but closer than ever with renewed vigour and appreciation for each other.
On the other hand I expected more.