Prelude to April adventure race in China
We’ve made it to China. We should be in Baise county, the race venue by now, except Hamish and I are sitting in a dodgy cheap Hotel in Nanning. Split from the group. The two of us have had trouble since checking in at Auckland Airport yesterday. First our tickets appeared to be void… And they were. Frantically calling the travel agent in the evening with a time limit of around 40mins to either figure out what was wrong or rebook new tickets!
Somewhat sorted we knew it wouldn’t be the last we hear of it. As we boarded we had our connecting flights ticket taken off us and told to ask for knew ones at Shanghai… Amongst much confusion and language barriers we made it to the final airport Nanning and our bikes and bags have not turned up. Hamish and I are waiting for them to turn up while the rest travelled on to Baise via bus last night…. Awesomeness.
Here is the prelude:
I thought training while working full time was tricky, then this polytech course came along. Time managment planning requires more attention than ever and it just hasn’t been getting it. Training out of a tent in dark hours before indulging in 8 hours of practical activity (Rafting, Whitewater Kayaking, etc.) and again at the end of the day. Then of course the part where I’m trying to keep up with the social culture of the younger bucks at the Polytech with me. I’ve been having a full on, good time since my Diploma in outdoor instuction and guiding course began mid February. But it’s been hell of a busy time.
Greymouth is good, yeah it rains a lot but it has some mint blue sky dys too and the outdoor activity access is endless with trails, bush and rivers.
Now I find myself back in the wonderful land of China with team awesome – Simone Maier, Hamish Fleming, Marcel Hagener and I. The body has had plenty of endurance training… but does it have enough speed?? Competing in the Baise Outdoor Quest Adventure race, 4 days long. Race starts this coming Monday 18th April.
Here is the basic race course details:
MTB 36.6km(The elevation total climb 2450m)
Run 21km(4 caves in the middle)
Abseil 120m(everyone finish)
MTB 15.1km (carry bike 3km)
Transfer hotel at afternoon
MTB 37.2km(The elevation total climb 2200m)
Abseil 60m(one athlete)
Kayak 15km(about 1km in cave)
Trail run 28.5km (The elevation total climb 2000m)
Orienteering GPS Navigation 3.5km
will provide GPS track in the MTB section,no course mark.
In the mean time check out the jaw dropping view from Shanghai Airport!
Flying from Shanghai to Nanning (Nanning is not far from the Vietnam border) then on a bus for 6 hours north east to the Baise Leye county. Back in this green looking area is a nice escape from the smoggy cities. We are here early so prepping is going to be easy and relaxed. Pumped and anxious, never get sick of the trips. Always some good stories garanteed to evolve, infact as said above the stories have already begun.
Will post the international teams list once I get my greasy hands on it. For now the focus is to find my bike! Stay tuned.