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The flake I am, the day before I had printed out directions to packet pickup, not the race (two very different locations) and arrived at the start late. The ever-so patient Ilene and Mr. Forward were as gracious as can be when I finally arrived and I handed off my bike so she could get a hang of the gears and such. We then made our way to the start and the various waves, finally finding Thumper and aero, who were a few waves ahead of where Ilene and I would start. After dawdling and chatting, our wave approached the start and I, on the bike, took off, then the runners (Ilene took the first leg on foot).<br><br>
The first leg was a challenge as I made an ascent on the bike. I thought to myself, "I'm glad I'm doing the bike this first leg because hopefully this is the hilliest part and Ilene won't have to worry about changing gears on an unfamiliar bike." Hah. Little did I know. This leg also took us down a very techinical and slim decent and onto a small beach. I made it halfway through the sand before my bike stopped and I had to walk it through, then through the lake, and up and to the first obstacle after dropping the bike off for Ilene to retrieve. I got a surprise when halfway through completing the first obstacle I heard Mr Forward say, "Great job, Lisa", nearly causing me to fall off the steel beams. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/biggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Very Happy"> I grabbed a cup of water, stretched and took off. The transition from bike to run takes some getting used to. Actually, "run" is a loose term because I hit a mighty hill here. I felt panicky for Ilene and considered hanging back to make sure she did okay on the bike. But I knew that Mr Forward was there with her and knew that, the obviously dedicated husband he was, she'd be in good hands.<br><br>
I was actually calmed by the climb on foot and felt at home on the trails. But still, it was a tough climb and the runners were hiking and the bikers walking the bikes upwards. At the second obstacle (a mock rock-climbing wall) I felt in a groove and made it through fine. Again, I got surprised by Mr. Forward coming up not far behind me. He was running the course with us!!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/biggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Very Happy"> Not two minutes later I saw Ilene come through on the bike and chered her on, not lettign on that I noticed a slight look of...something. She is one tough chica. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smile"> I gave her a hug, wished her well, and continued onto the third leg on the bike. This third leg wasn't any easier, but I felt acclimated to the hills and did my best to tackle the ups and downs on the bike, which wasn't easy.<br><br>
The third obstacle I dropped the bike and made my way along the balance beams and, once again, the ever vigilant Mr Forward was right there. I made it through the lext leg and at one part I stopped to look out for Ilene and behind me I head Mr. Forward shout "She's right behind!" He and I ran for a bit on a lengthy paved and steep decent and I looked over my shoulder a few times be on the lookout for Ilene, who would eventually zoom past us, which she did. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smile"> He took off after Ilene and the approached the final obstacle together with me not too far behind. After us both doing the obstacle we hugged and I nearly took of running when I remembered it was my time on the bike. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/blob1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="blob1"><br><br>
This final leg was about the same as the others (steep ascent and decents) and I pushed hard, knowing that it was almost over. The final decent to the finish was trecherous and I dismounted the bike and walked it downhill. I passed by a volunteer and heard through his walkie talkie "We have an unconscious man at mile..." I couldn't hear the rest of the broadcast, but groaned from concern anyway. At the bottom of the hill I got back on my bike and made it to the finish, dropped off my bike and waited for Ilene. All that was left was the mud pit, the pièce de résistance.<br><br>
She came in looking strong but relieved and we made our way to the chute, we two muddy buddies, under the rope netting, and into the mud. It was cold and the mud was the stick-to-your-ribs muddy, but not too thick as to prevent movement. Honestly, I was really having fun at this point and, stupid me, left my poor muddy buddy behind a little. I got so caught up in the feeling of the mud around me, the gravel under my hands, the salamander crawl I had found (it was pool-like and over a foot deep, so I pulled my body behind me by digging my hands into the gravel while my legs floated) so I back-tracked and Ilene and I went on together. I had been turning my head to the side to get under the ropes and realized that Ilene was dunking her face into the mud. I felt panicked for her and yelled "Turn your head to the side under the ropes!" Honestly, the crowd was so loud that I had to yell. It was very exciting!!! We made it to the other end of the pit and I gave Ilene a hug. Just ahead I saw Thumper and she was still muddy! We hugged and Ilene and I continued through the chute while her husband took some photos of us.<br><br>
I was so proud of Ilene, and felt so appreciative that she joined me as a Muddy Buddy...really, it would not have been half as much fun had she not done it with me. I owe her. After a good number of photos we got hosed off...<br><br>
Let me stop and comment that we were pretty much neck to toe covered in cakey mud. Some people had obviously gone under the mud completely and they were monochrome all over, like moving and glistening statues. What a sight!<br><br>
After getting cleaned up as best as possible we went to the beer garden and...I don't know how to say this without seeming cliched...had perhaps the best post-race hangout ever. We talked about the race itself, what races we had on-tap next, and then the conversation just naturally flowed and meandered. It was a very nice time and we only left because we got kicked out of the beer garden. Be on the lookout for a classic photo of Aero.<br><br>
We all reluctantly parted and went our own ways. Ilene and Mr. Forward, like two of the greatest hosts, drove me to my car and after hugging and thanking Ilene one last time, I got into my car and headed home.<br><br>
It was a wonderful day, made oh-so much more special by the people I got to spend it with. Thank you Ilene, Thumper, Aero and Mr. Forward. Same time, same race next year, right? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/biggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Very Happy">
 

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Awesome haha, sounds like a blast!!!<br><br>
Get those pix woman!
 

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"same time, same race next year?" What!!! Are you crazy?? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/biggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Very Happy"><br><br>
I had a blast, and I never would have done anything like that without you as a team mate, hahaoya. Now that we know what to train for, we could seriously kick ass next year. Hell yeah, next year, Absolutely! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smile">
 

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What's a little dirt between a couple of good friends <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/biggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Very Happy"><br><br>
Seriously, that event sounds as tough as it is fun, and having great friends around just can't be beat. Great job Haha & Ilene!
 

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Sounds like SO much fun! Great job!!!
 

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Yay!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/hello2.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hello1"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/hello2.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hello1"><br><br>
I'm glad y'all had such a great time!!!<br><br>
signed,<br>
fellow muddy buddy
 

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We all wondered yesterday if the Muddy Buddy that you do is as technical as the one we did. And let's compare the consistency of mud. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/wink.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">
 

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I cannot even imagine a race like that. what a blast! more pictures!!!
 

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coolio,<br><br>
You chica's rock. Where are the pictures of the mudsters?<br><br>
your pal,<br><br>
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Woohoo! I feel like I was there!<br><br>
So glad you all had fun.<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/biggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Very Happy"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/biggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Very Happy"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/biggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Very Happy">
 

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We beat Thumper and Aero too. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/biggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Very Happy">
 

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Awesome! I bet it was a blast- I bet the people do make the event all the more great sometimes! Glad I stopped by and read the report- thx for sharing
 
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