AR Navigation Supplies Wins SF Night and Day for 2nd Year!
June 2nd-3rd 2007
As this would be my 3rd San Francisco Night and Day Challenge and I was hoping to be well prepared for 2007 with a good knowledge of the City and another fantastic team to race with. This year the team would be Myself, Mike Prindiville and Mari Chandler who both have phenomenal running/AR resumes and were going to push my endurance to the limit.
We had all raced together before so we knew each others strengths and weaknesses and I was dreading the run. I knew I’d be feeling the pull of the tow rope at some point during the night. Hopefully I’d be able to pay them back on the bike if I wasn’t too wrecked after being dragged around the city on the end of a bungee cord for 8 hours.
It was really relaxing starting the race at 4PM. I had the whole morning to get my gear together. I spent a little time putting the production version of my rotating map holder on the bike. I’d been running the prototype for 6 months and it was time to start using the real thing.
It was good to catch up with all the familiar faces at the start.
I hadn’t seen many of the people since
The Sea Otter AR in April. We sat on the
lawn and waited for the maps to be handed out while the weather just seemed to
get colder and the fog started to roll in.
When we received the maps it was clear that this year’s event would be
more compact than previous years. All
of the 62 CP’s were in the City and there would be no
trip to Marin or
After making a CP list and high-lighting the route on our maps, all that was left was to do was wait for the start. When the race started we managed to avoid getting caught in the crush to get out of the gate and started off down the hill. We were immediately overtaken by the duo of BAARBD Fixie doing the 16 hour event on fixed gear bikes, one of which had no breaks. We watched as the bikes were skillfully skidded around the turn by locking the peddles in an attempt to slow the bike down. They were flying and I thought that they were going to be difficult to beat over the 16 hours as we had 8 hours on foot to start with. The terrain wasn’t in their favor with only one gear so we would see.
It appeared that the Dirty Avocados had started out on the same route as us, as well as Galen, Oliver and the new Jen of team BAARBD Wire. We all crashed into the first few stores in a frenzy, the poor staff must have wondered what was happening with a bunch of frantic AR racers trying to get answers in a hurry. After this we must have taken different routes and CP orders to the other teams as we didn’t see anyone else for a few hours.
We looped up the hill behind the start and took in the
highest CP’s around Twin Peaks and
After this I realized I’d run out of water and we needed to make
a stop for refreshments. We found a Wallgreens in
We had a decision to make at this point. We needed to get across to
After making our way to
We hit the transition at exactly 12:00 just as BAARBD Wire were leaving. Apparently they had been there for nearly an hour resting and feeding up ready for the bike leg. A couple of minutes behind us team Big Green with Jen Ratay and Scott Porter came in.
One of their teammates girlfriends came walking down the street with a large Pizza just as I was putting my cycling shoes on. They had delivery during the race!! We’d been eating at Wallgreens and they were having Pizza delivered in the TA.
Both these teams were going to be tough to beat so we would need to hammer the bike to make up any time we lost sitting in the TA. Due to the additional CP’s we collected on foot I needed a little time to adjust the map and plan a new route. We stocked up on food and left around 12:20 to start the bike section.
Our bike route would take us East through the Mission
District at about 12:45 AM. Prime drinking time in those parts. We were trying to dodge drunken pedestrians
and even worse drivers as we made our way across town. We received some weird looks from people
wondering why we were all dressed in race gear instead of our party outfits,
but mostly they ignored us in favor of the next bar or the hot chick freezing
her ass off in a mini skirt. We made our
Things were going well until we got to Fort Point. The cops were there and very upset about
teams truing to get out to the base of the
We made our way up through the Presidio were we met BAARBD Fixie at CP 88. I
asked how things were going and all I got was “we’ve had better days”. It had started to rain or more like the fog
had started to drip and I guess the roads must have been very slick, especially
on the down hills. Gota
We headed downhill to CP 62 but before we got there something went wrong with Mike’s bike. A major bolt had dropped out of a suspension linkage and now the whole rear triangle was loose making the handling really unpredictable. We stopped and brainstormed how to fix it. We managed to jam a carabiner in the hole and hold it there with some duct tape. It didn’t fix it completely but at least it was a little more stable now. It was around this time that my headlamp decided to quit and would only give me the LED’s rather than high beam. This was fine on the roads but the next CP was hidden way back in the woods and it took a while to find the right trail in the dark.
CP 62 was tucked away behind the VA Hospital at
I was certain at this point that our problems on top of the hill would lose us the race so we were charging home with the climb to the Douglass Playground the only obstacle in our way. I hate that hill at the end of the race. It doesn’t matter what order you do the CP’s you always have to make this steep 200’ climb at the end of the event.
When we reached the playground everything was quiet and very dark. It was about 5:20 AM. All the lights were out in the hut and there was a sign on the door that said please knock before entering. I banged on the door and went in to find the event organizers wrapped in sleeping bags catching some well deserved sleep. Having woken them up I was guessing that we were the first team home but I had to ask them to make sure. It turns out we were the first team back and if all of our answers checked out we would win the event for the second year in a row as AR Navigation Supplies.
After a quick check of all of our answers it was done. We’d Won! Now we got to relax and eat while waiting for the other teams to come in. I immediately lost my bet of 15 minutes to what turned out to be a 50 minute lead over BAARBD Wire who came in second and about 1 hour over team Big Green who were 3rd and the Dirty Avocados not far behind them.
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44 84 41 104 21 81 83 42 43 102 24 64 88 62 101 86 46 93 32 76 38 94 72 57 96 92 56 37
Total Time: 13 hours 28 minutes.
Elevation Gain: 8875’
Run Distance: 23.6 Miles
Bike Distance: 58.4 Miles