XPD – Whitsundays

Participated and completed in my 2nd XPD Race (the 3rd overall) in the Whitsundays.

The course map is as follows:

Course Map

Here is our team:
Team mug shot

Bio is located here

We finished 16th over the line. Overall a good race. For me, it wasn’t as “scenic” as Tasmania (my first XPD) and the journey route wasn’t as adventurous. But the journey and the whole pushing the body to the limits had it’s milestones. We had some good legs and some crap legs, I’ll only try to remember the good ones!

Good to see we made the media shots too:

http://www.xpd.com.au/images/media/xpd3/highres/XPD_Whitsunday_Media08.jpg

 

Things for the organisers to note for next time:

  • Wiers: They shouldn’t be included in race courses or at least get the warning correct to racers
  • Get the story consistent between the officials and the race directors.

Things for me to note:

  • Don’t fly Jetstar – they cost me a bucketload with excess charges (bike / paddle)
  • Know your team mates well before starting.

Although the race was also tainted by the officials changing the rules on us halfway causing us (and may others) to be disqualified – I’ll still hold onto the 16th over the line.

Also, a good friend of mine, Justin Francis has made a video of the preparation, racing and post race. I have found it the best bit of media of any adventure race and if you get a chance to see it, I highly recommend it.