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The Raid

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

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. 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. emoticon

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.
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    1522 days ago
    Best of luck with this one!
    1522 days ago
    Wow!!!!!!!!! That sounds hard!!! I hope you get a third woman

    1522 days ago
  • FROSTY99
    emoticon I know down deep you are itching to do this-get in there and go for it!
    1522 days ago
  • RUSSELL_40
    A new goal might give you more focus. As Jillian Michaels said, we don't lose weight to just lose weight, we have a goal when we get there. Weight loss is just the beginning, we have lost the weight so that we can do things that we didn't do before, and now we have to go do them.

    This sounds like a BIG goal, and when you accomplish it, you will feel great.
    1523 days ago
    I guess I'd say either bow out gracefully, or have fun with it. If you go through with it, I look forward to reading about it!
    1523 days ago
    should have never opened that email! lol you'll have fun
    1523 days ago
    Break out that leopard running skirt, and you are good to go, Girl!
    1523 days ago
    April 27 through May 2....Oh you are so all over it!!

    You've got 120 days to put yourself through the training to get ready.....what better way to focus on getting your mileage back up and your a$$ in gear for ziplining, mountain trail running, and orienteering!!!Hell the website even says not to worry about a bike....they'll provide one for you!

    I say do it and tell us all about your prep in the coming months.....we're counting on you....Represent Team USA!!

    Merry XMAS
    1523 days ago
  • DARJR50
    sounds like fun if you are fit, torture if you are not. I'm not.
    1523 days ago
    Wow, that sounds so exciting! I know it's easy for me to say that while sitting here in my robe complaining that 15 degrees is too cold for a Christmas run.

    Start training and see how it goes. You can be confident that if there was any woman better than you, she would have signed up already.
    Good luck. I'm looking forward to following your progress.
    1523 days ago
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