Over the last month or so several people at work have asked me if I was on the company team.
Company team? What company team?
"Didn't you get the e-mail"? they ask.
Ummm...no. No e-mail.
"Oh, well, I know you're a runner, you should really do it. They always need more women to participate. I'll send you the e-mail".
OK...but nobody ever actually sent me the e-mail after these conversations.
Until last week. Now I kind of wish I could still claim ignorance.
Apparently our parent company is one of the major sponsors of The Raid Centrale Paris, a "high-level multisport adventure race" each spring. Teams of 4, with at least 1 women mandatory, spend 5 days trail running and mountain biking - over 250k in the Swiss Alps with over 5 miles ascent! - with some addition fun activities like canoeing, climbing, rafting biathlon and something called "potholing".
From what I understand there is 10-15k running and 30-40k mountain biking each day for 5 days. So far my division has 1 woman registered. A minimum of 2 are required so we can field 2 teams, and ideally we would have a 3rd as a back-up.
Guess who got volunteered to be #2 ?
All I did was reply to the person that it sounded interesting but I am a slow runner & have no mountain biking experience at all. Somehow the second half of that sentence didn't get translated because the next thing I know the other woman has sent an e-mail to the organizer saying our division now has a 2nd woman and please invite me to the next call!
Now I actually have to take my bike in to get the seat fixed. And get busy training. Real busy. Because I have really slacked off in 2013. I ran a total of 7 miles in October and a whopping 1.15 in November.
The "Prologue", a mini-prep race for The Raid, is in March. I will see how that goes (and keep fingers crossed that we get a 3rd woman so I can be the back-up!).
Here is a link if you are interested. There is an English version of the page if the link puts you on the French page, there should be an UK flag in the upper right of the page to switch languages.