November 18, 2010

Muddy Buddy Race Report

Otherwise known as the funnest race ever!

On Saturday, my sister and I left our boys with our husbands and Grandma and Grandpa and headed to REI for packet pick-up.  It was nice to get away for a little while and spend some time with just my sister.  When we got our packet, the volunteer told us that we were one of the first 50 teams to register, so we got the special tech-tee race shirt!  I think we said a loud, "Woohoo" and did some high fives right there.  It was pretty funny!  Check out the shirt:
We spent the rest of the afternoon finalizing our costumes and finishing up the last minute details.  When we registered, we had to come up with a team name on the spot.  For some reason I choose, "Sisters That Rock!"  We used that name to inspire our costumes.  Here we are in all our glory!

I found the crazy wigs in the Target dollar spot for $1!  Because we had to wear our helmets during the entire race, we decided to sew the wigs onto our helmets.  It's a little hard to see, but we also sewed a pink and black guitar on the fish nets right above our knee.











We painted the back of our shirts to complete the costume.  :) 










The Race:
For those of you that don't know what the Muddy Buddy race is, it's basically a "race" where you and your partner run and bike and complete obstacles along the way.  One person starts off biking, then your partner starts running 2 minutes later.  You ride/run a set distance, come to a transition area, drop the bike off, complete an obstacle, and do the next leg.  If you start as a biker, you leave as a runner, and vice versa.  Overall, this race consisted of 5 legs and 4 obstacles for a total of 6.6 miles.  You finish the race side by side with your partner crawling through a huge mud pit!  You are not required to wear a costume, but it is highly encouraged! 


Costume Contest:
Before the race started, we had the costume contest.  Everyone commented on our costumes, especially the crazy helmet hair, but there were some pretty awesome costumes.  The winning team ended up being "Code Brown."  They were wearing hospital gowns that opened in the back to reveal a huge depends diaper filled with brown "poop."  It was awesome and they totally deserved to win.  I can't even imagine what it must have been like to run and ride in that!  Ha ha!


Let's do this!
Pretty soon, it was time to start!  Even though we were doing this for fun, we were both sooo nervous!  It was pretty funny.  I had no idea what to expect since the course map was basically a cartoon drawing.  Plus, it's probably been close to 10 years since I rode a mountain bike.  


The whistle blew and I was off!  The first 3/4M was all uphill on the road, so I was able to pass everyone in my wave before I got on the trail.  Once on the trail I got so nervous!  Because it was a wave start, and we were in the last wave, there were so many people on the trail.  Although the runners were supposed to stay on the right and the bikers on the left, in some places, there was no room to pass.  It was pretty scary in some spots.  Plus, some areas were really sandy and I was terrified of crashing!  All I could think about was crashing into the prickly bushes.  But, it never happened!  I don't know what came over me, but suddenly I had no fear.  I rode that mountain bike like I knew what I was doing and it was awesome!


I got to the first transition area, dropped off the bike, and completed the first obstacle (the low crawl).  The picture to the left isn't from the race, but it was the closest image I could find to the actual obstacle.  As I was going through it, all I could think about was how glad I was that I had my tri shorts on under my skirt!  Ha ha! :)


Then I was off running!  I have to say that living at a higher elevation, then racing at a lower elevation is awesome!  My lungs felt amazing and I literally ran as fast as I could to the next transition area.  I passed so many people and it was awesome!  I know we were doing this for fun, but something about being in a race always brings out my competitive side.  :)  


Before I knew it, I was at the next transition area.  The next obstacle was this rock wall/rope wall thing.  It was pretty fun actually to go up and over it!  I finished and waited for my sister to finish her bike leg.  Now, I have to say that the bike leg she did was soooo tough!  It was practically all deep sand with lots of turns.  With the amount of people on the course, it would have been almost impossible to actually ride the bike during that part.  I felt so bad for her, but before I knew it, I saw her blue helmet head coming my way!  I gave her a high-five, said some, "Woohoos," grabbed the bike from her and was off to the next leg.


My bike section started with a huge hill.  There was no way that I could ride up it, especially since I was starting from a standstill, so I ran up the hill with the bike.  As soon as it flattened out I hopped on and started riding again.  This was the most technical bike section for me.  There were a lot of downhills with deep sand and rock pits at the bottom and all I wanted to do was hit my brakes and go slow.  BUT, with a mountain bike and sand, I knew that was the last thing I should do.  So, I held on for dear life, cruised down the hills, and made it past the sand and up the other side!  I was so happy! YAY!  Again, this leg seemed to fly by and pretty soon I was at the next transition area.  I dropped off the bike, completed the obstacle (balance beam), and took off running again.


Now, every time I got on the bike, these guys would pass me because they were obviously stronger riders.  The funny thing though is that once we got on the run I would catch up to them and they would just start laughing.  At one point, I passed one guy and he said, "I knew that was you coming up behind me!"  It was pretty fun because it continued throughout the whole race.  


While I was running, my sister passed me on the bike!  We screamed, "Yay...go sisters that rock!" and kept on going.  Finally, I made it to the last obstacle, and it was a blast!  It was a 20ft. blow up wall where you had to climb up it with ropes, then go down a big slide on the other side.  I got to the top, slid down, and surprised myself by screaming a little bit! Ha ha!  My skirt totally flew up and when I got to the bottom I said, "Thank god I  had shorts on under that" and all the guys laughed!  


I hopped on the bike for the last leg.  Half way through the leg I passed my sister running.  It was so much fun to see her again! :)  We said some more, "Woohoos" and kept going.  I made it to the final transition area, turned the bike upside down, and waited for my sister to come in.  Here are some pics my husband got of me coming in.


















Yes, I am a total dork!  I saw my husband, boys, and dad and decided to do a little "Woohoo" with my hands in the air for them!  Ha ha!

It was so great to see my family at the end, but I think my boys were a little taken aback by my costume.  I'm not quite sure they recognized me...ha ha! :)





My sister coming in strong!  See the blue crazy hair??











The Mud Pit:
We locked hands, and headed towards the mud pit!  We saw my mom, niece, and nephew to the side cheering us on.  My sister just went for it and started crawling..it was awesome.
The mud was sooo deep and FREEZING!  We crawled, and crawled, and crawled, and finally made it out!



Here we are, muddy and cold and loving it! :)
We ended up getting 2nd in our AG with a time of 58:52!!!  Woohoo!!!  
We truly are SISTERS THAT ROCK! :)  

Overall, this race was a complete blast and so much fun to do with my sister! It was a little harder than I thought it would be, but that's what made it so fun!  I would definitely do it again, and highly recommend it to anyone who's looking for a fun, but challenging race to do.  

41 comments:

Jill said...

I take it by that cactus, you're no longer in Denver :). That looks like total FUN!!! I need more adventures like that in my racing - good for you !!!!! You guys look awesome, btw!!!! Love the outfits!

Christi said...

Great pics! Congrats to you and your sister for a strong race showing and for great costumes!

Amy said...

That race sounds like so much fun! Great report!

Emz said...

OMGosh. Seriously. YOU FREAKING ROCK.

The race.
The outfits.
The wigs.

All of it.

"sister's that rock" - for sure.

Jen (Triathlete Within) said...

Fantastic pictures!! I LOVE your costumes!! It sounds like so much fun and a great sister experience! Congrats!

Jeff - DangleTheCarrot said...

Very Cool!

TMB @ RACING WITH BABES said...

Those outfits are to die for! I've always wanted to do a Muddy Buddy race. Sounds like yo u and your sister had a blast. Congrats on the great finish!

Diana Tries-A-Tri! said...

Love it! The hair is great!

abbi said...

Looks like a blast...love the muddy pics! I would've been so excited about the shirt too!

Kirstie said...

Looks like a lot of fun! I did Warrior Dash this past summer and you should look into that one if its near you. Very similar.

Angela and David said...

Awesome, I've always wanted to do a Muddy Buddy race with my sister and after your post I want to do it even more!

Stacie said...

That is so awesome!!! Great pics!!! Congrats. I've wanted to do a Muddy Buddy for awhile. I just bought those same gloves for my girls at Target last week :)

Lisa (bakebikeblog) said...

What an awesome race indeed! LOVE IT!

Katie said...

This is awesome! I've heard of the tough mudder races and I would love to do them but I'm a little nervous of some of the obstacles (some very HIGH climbs, fire running, freeeezzing water.) This race sounds more my speed :)

Jason said...

That is awesome. Great commentary, great pics.....WooHoo for Sisters That Rock!!!!!

Copychic said...

Sounds like so much fun! Love the costumes :)

Running and living said...

WOw, how awesome! Truly sisters that rock!!! Congrats!

Amanda@runninghood said...

AWESOME pictures! Looks like so much fun! My husband did the Warrior Dash in Oregon this summer and I think I might do it with him next year. Kind of a similar thing. :)

trifitmom said...

love it, totally want to do this race at some point

P said...

Fun, fun, FUN!! I love your costumes and congrats on the 2nd place AG!!

Barbie said...

That's awesome. Congrats. Totally love the costumes.

Jon said...

So awesome! Those last two pictures really show what it was all about. Nice costumes!

Anne-Marie said...

WOW... this sounds SO FUN! I totally wanna do a Muddy Buddy race now. Congrats on your 2nd place AG!

Love your costumes! That's so cool you and your sister were able to team up for this.

Colleen said...

You girls are too much! Those outfits are AMAZINGLY awesome and you came in second place! I'm so needing to find a race like this (and someone as fun as you two to race with me!)

SHERRY said...

Gotta LOVE a good Muddy Buddy!! Fun times! You two certainly 'rocked' it!

Melissa Cunningham said...

omgosh!!! this does sound like so much fun!!!!
way to totally rock that race out with your sister!!!!

Amber Shea @Almost Vegan said...

Haha, what a festive race! This DOES look fun and funny!

Julie said...

Great costumes!!! You guys do rock! 2nd place in your AG!?!?!? Yep you ROCK!

Julie D. said...

Nice!!! AG award!! Your costumes were awesome!!

Megan said...

yes! mud! That looks like so much fun! and I love your costumes!

Dawn said...

Oh you TWO!!!! THIS IS AWESOME!!!!

Nothing like a good race with your best sis on your team!
(My sister and I did a sprint triathlon together this summer....it was the best and most fun ever!)

You 2 look amazing:) Love it!!!!!!

Patrick Mahoney said...

EVERYONE is smiling. That's great.

Chris and Amy said...

That looked so fun and your costumes were awesome!

DRog said...

What a race! Looks and sounds like a complete RIOT!!!!

Derek

Zaneta said...

haha! Sounds like a fun race!! :D Congrats on the AG place!! you guys look super cute in your costumes! :D

Big Daddy Diesel said...

How freaking fun is that!!! ok I am jealous!!! I need to goto one of these

Kate said...

That race looks insane! As in, INSANELY AWESOME!

I would love it if my sisters would do this with me :)

Kelly said...

Awesome!! That looks like so much fun!! Note to self...do a Muddy Buddy!!

Julie said...

That looks like so much freaking fun Aimee!! I wish that my sister ran...we would have a blast doing something like this:)

Love the outfits...sisters that rock:)

jojo88 said...

That's so cool and so much fun! You guys rock!

Kathy said...

Costumes looked great. Reminds me of the fun when I did it!