We were Naked Trailfecta this year. No one really remembers - or will admit - to why we selected that name. I think it had something to do with a play on the Trifecta at the track and there being 3 trails and then someone just like naked. Best not to overthink these things.
There were a couple new team members this year. Our friends Bryan C and Linda joined us early for a night camping in MA the day before the race. Camping was only allowed at Northfield Mtn on Friday night so we went to a Erving State Forrest campground about 30 minutes away. Mike and I got there early and went for an easy run after we setup camp.
|Truck camping - who knew a crock pot would be an invaluable camping tool?|
|That's a s'more with 2 choc chip cookies instead of graham crackers. genius.|
|We went with a patriotic retro track theme this year.|
|Team photo: Bryan W, Bleech, Mike, Bran C, Rebecca, Nicole, Jessie, Chelle|
Our team of 8 started at 10:30 am.
|The 3 loops|
Rebecca kicked off the team on green and I followed on the 4.8 mile "Hill N'Dale" yellow loop and finished with a 10'21 pace. As she came in she said the 1st mile is "up, up, up" - and she wasn't kidding. The first half of the loop was allot of climbing and single track. I LOVED the second half and totally tore it up on the downhills. I handed off to Jessie who was going for Red.
We had allot of fun hanging out at our camp.
We had great team chemistry, got to hang out with people we don't see very often, chill by the campfire, watch the sunrise, and run on beautiful new trails. We'll be back for Ragnar Trail in 2016 - looks like WV again!
|Friends since elementary, middle, and high school!|
1. Get rid of the crappy tent and invest in one that's actually waterproof.
2. Be flexible - unexpected things will happen and a team member may not be able to race. Keep up spirits and remember why you are there - to have fun and enjoy each other's company.
3. Good camp food is amazing - thank you Bryan C!
4. Take more pictures
5. We learned from last year - Imodium is important