From the campsite, the bus took us to the start of our race at the beach a few kilometres away. We had our Superhero shirts on and felt like we were ready to take on the world.. and then we realized we didn't have our chip timers because they were on our other shoes!!! GAAAAAAAAAAHHH!!! How were they supposed to get our time without our timers?! Luckily, one of the staff members hooked us up with new ones and we prepared to race at the beach front. This was the first time we had been able to start with just the Adventure racers, so it was interesting to learn who we were competing against. It was a bit confusing because there were some runners who had dropped down to the Adventure distance after attempting the Expedition runners. These runners were not able to qualify to win a medal in our race so they weren't our competition, but were great runners so it was good to be pushed by them. We started off strong on the beautiful beach.
|Pura Vida: Costa Rica|
|Go Superman Go!|
Going down wasn't as much fun as going up... especially when we made it to the bottom to see all the people we had passed going up the correct trail. Doh! This didn't stop these superheroes though. We blew by the girls on the hill as Joel shouted encouragement to Miss Superwoman who felt the push of the hill, but knew we had to kill it to make up time and make the win. It was incredible to see how strong our climbing skills were as we flew by the other runners. Eventually, we made it to the summit and onto the road to be greeted by an aid station.
|Go Spiderman Go!|
We started to feel like we were at the ends of our ropes as the sun was waaaaay too hot and there was no escaping it on the open road. It just went on and on and we started to worry about overheating and crashing since we hadn't refuelled at the aid station and were running almost on empty for both water and calories. Finally, we looked up and saw the guy make a turn off the road onto a dirt one.. could this be our way into the park where the finish line was?? Please, please, please!
We made the turn and found some relief in a bit of shaded road and then continued on knowing the beach couldn't be more than a km away. Sure enough we made a turn and there it was: the finish line! We started running in and what do we hear?? Monkeys howling!!! I thought they must have been gorilla's because of the deep scary noise they were making!! All I could think was I'm hommme! Kidding! I'm not a gorilla.. just a monkey. A running monkey. Anyways, the race ended up being longer than the 10km we thought.. more around 13km with extra distance on the beach and road... and then the extra time we spent running up the waterfalls! Don't worry.. we survived! ;)
|Nature's drying machine|
|A Couple of Runners|
Light bulbs exploded as the wet rain hit them inside the tent... one even blew up behind Joel and I. Pieces hit him in the head and cut my leg bit, but nothing more that a scratch thank gosh. People tried to scrape gutters into the dirt to stop the rain from pooling under everyone. It was one miserable group... except for us who made the best of it... including trying to feed a giant bug the size of humming bird stew and cake. Bon appetit! We might have gotten a few glares as we laughed our pants off, but heck, it is what it is and you have to make the best of life.
About an hour later the rain eased off and we went to bed early to get a good night's sleep for our race the next morning.
|Sunset at the park|
That's all for now,
Shanny and Joel