ARNavSupplies.com/Team Nomad Wins San Francisco Night and Day Challenge 2006
Run: 27.1 Miles
Bike: 65.01 Miles
Elevation Gain: Unknown
Time 15 hours 07 minutes
I e-mailed Peter Pensotti of team Aquan and asked if he was looking for additional training for
Primal Quest and he jumped on the opportunity to race with ARNavSupplies.com/Nomad for the weekend. We arranged to meet at the start venue around
1:45 PM so as we would have some time for introductions and gear adjustments
before the maps were handed out. With
The format of the race would be 60 checkpoints around the City on a course that was designed for the top teams to be able complete the whole thing in 16 hours. The first 8 hours would be on foot and the second 8 hours would be on bike. We were told that the bikes would not be given to us until 8 hours had passed.
The maps were handed out at 2:30 PM. We had to plot a route on our maps and mark
up an intention sheet of our proposed route for the organizers. We were told this was in case we went missing
and they had to track us down. Grant
did the running around and gear organizing while Peter and I set about plotting
a route. I drew on the experience from
the previous year and estimated the checkpoints that we could complete in 8
hours of running. We planned the best
route to those points taking into account the 3 points that had early time
cutoffs. We then plotted the bike route
and I highlighted the map with the route that would seem to be the flattest
given the ever changing contours of
Plotting the course
As time got closer for the 4:00PM start we folded the maps,
put on our backpacks and made sure we all knew where we were going out of the
gate. We had decided to do the most
climbing at the start while we were fresh.
This meant that we would go out of the gate and climb the 500 feet straight
to the top of
From Twin Peaks it was all down hill into the
We decided to have some fun at the ball park. Grant wanted to see how a Brit would look pitching a baseball so they showed me the statue and I had a go myself. Not bad for someone who grew up playing cricket.
Learning to pitch the map
After a visit to the ball park and a run along the
Embarcadero we cut back into
As we entered
Grant as usual wanted more and managed to swallow 4 pot stickers whole before we’d even finished ordering. At this point the Dirty Avocado’s stuck their heads around the door and took our picture. That must have looked funny to everyone else in the shop. We picked up the food and ate it on the run, plain rice with soy sauce never tasted so good.
We had planned on arriving back at 11:30PM to give us a little recovery time before jumping on the bikes. Out plan worked perfectly, we were back at 11:32PM having got all of our run checkpoints.
We ate a bunch of food and prepared the bikes ready for our 12:00 AM restart. A bunch of other teams came in, including Oliver and True Grit closely followed by the Dirty Avocados. Not much was said as everyone was getting ready and recovering. At exactly 12:00 we hit the road, none of the other teams seemed to be ready so we took advantage of the head start and hammered the first few checkpoints. I’m not sure what routes the other teams took but we all seemed to come together at Candlestick point. This is not a good place to be in the middle of the night so we collected the point and got out of there as soon as we could. We rode for a while with True Grit before going our separate ways at the next CP.
The next section was going to be hard as it involved another
long climb. Basically
sea level to the radio tower at the top of
When we hit the second checkpoint at the coast we ran into 2
other teams who had also just arrived.
We quickly got the checkpoint and hit the road. We wanted to get away from the following
teams as soon as possible so we threw out the tow line to Peter and hit the
highway. I had Grant ride a good tempo
at the front of the line while I towed Peter at full speed in Grant’s
draft. This worked really well, we were
flying. We managed to get the next CP
and leave before any other teams arrived.
I’m not sure what speed we averaged but we were flying. The sun was just starting to come up when we
At this point we noticed a whole bunch of people arriving at Crissy Field with Tri bikes on their cars. This was the day of the Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon and the athletes were getting there early. It looked like they would have a nice day for it. They must have wondered what the hell we were doing. I was just happy to be heading back to the finish and the end of the race. I was thinking about the poor people who were about to jump into the cold bay at 7:00AM. I’m glad I do adventure racing where you get a kayak. The last couple of checkpoints were the most painful of the whole race as they involved a bunch of climbing before the end. I had the feeling that Oliver would be pushing hard and that this would be a close race so there was no letting up on the pace.
As we arrived at the finish having got all of the CP’s we
were greeted by the organizers. Jen of www.BAARBD.com was there already. They had missed some CP’s
and came back a little earlier. If all
of our CP answers were correct we were the winners. It was now a matter of waiting for the
confirmation from the judges and the announcement. We were confident and Jen gave us loads of
congratulations. Just 10 minutes later Oliver and his team
arrived. They also missed 2 CP’s due to the time cutoff and because of that where
pushed into third place by the Dirty Avocados.
We had taken the win as the only
team to get all the CP ‘s for a maximum of 3000 points
and we came home first. This was a great
win for ARNavSupplies.com/Nomad. I had now
been on the winning team for
See you next year!
Run: 16, 26, 35, 53, 17, 56, 15, 12, 23, 22, 46, 52, 33, 55, 83, 44, 62, 34, 64, 51, 106, 84, 67, 13, 31, 66, 41, 88, 14, 57
Bike: 54, 45, 104, 21, 81, 87, 101, 107, 37, 86, 103, 82, 27, 105, 63, 43, 24, 61, 48, 108, 32, 58, 65, 42, 25, 36, 85, 102, 47, 11