12 Hours In The Old El Paso 2014

Holy cow! It has been three months since we did this race, but I am going to try to recap what we did. So yes, one of our long-term goals this year was the return of Lady Cluck and the Boys.

Mike, Brent, Jared (and Brad), and I signed up for 4 man co-ed race for the 12 Hours In the El Paso race on February 1, 2014..  It started out with me on the first lap.  I have never started a twelve-hour race.  In case you don’t know, you have to run to your bike in your bike shoes to start the race.  (That was very interesting!!) The other factor I didn’t think about was how we were ALL starting at the same time! It was really hard for me to keep up with the fast people and then I would get stuck behind slow people.  I ended up averaging about a 1 hour and 15 minute lap!

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Not to jump the gun or anything…but did I tell you that we got first place??? 🙂

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Every single person on our team ended up riding two laps and it worked out perfectly.  The timing for me was impeccable because the baby took her nap when i went out on my second lap.  The boys kind of got jipped because each of them had to do a night lap. I was the last person to go at sunset….so lucky! I am a terrible night rider!

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If you look closely, yes I am holding a baby on the podium! Haha.  She lasted the whole day!

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This is Brent going out on his night lap.  The first part of the race is pretty fun because you are doing a section called Lazy Cow that is super windy.  Then you hit an uphill climb for a huge portion of the race and then it is all downhill from there…until you head back to camp. This year they added a little more miles to the race and had you come into camp and take off on some more treacherous trail. I hated it! It was pretty hard and mentally hard on me.

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We had some friends and family to come out and support us!  That was fun!

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This last part of the trail is a jeep road that is downhill. It feels awesome to fly down it and hit the finish line!

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We did it! We got first place!  Lady Cluck and the Boys did not disappoint!

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