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PattiFuchs
Posts: 5
March 31, 2011
11:22pm
for a couple of fat, 1st timers?

I would assume some ARs have reputations for being more challenging than others.

Our paddling and orienteering skills are strong and though we can hike all day, we're not runners, and we're working on our mountain biking skills/stamina.

Having had experience in Endurance Horseback Riding years ago, where "to finish is to win" is the motto, we'd like to just go ahead and jump in and try it. If we suck, we suck, but if we suck and we like it; it'll inspire us to train harder. Is AR like that too? Or are a couple of fat folks going to get laughed out of camp? :P

Be honest, we can take it.;)
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BillD
Posts: 29
April 1, 2011
12:15am
Patti,

I can't comment on the Missing River specifically, as I've never done the race (I just started doing AR's in October). But, in general, I would say "Go For It!". The sport races attract a VERY wide range variety of ability/preparedness levels. There will be some teams that clear the course in an hour under the time limit and there will be others who take the whole time to get 1/2 the control points. Think of it this way: You get to go play in the woods for 3 hours. That's a win no matter what...

I've been a runner (mostly track) and road cyclist and the can honestly say that the AR scene (at least at Pangea events) is the least snobby of the three. You will NOT be laughed out of the camp. More likely, someone will offer you a beer during the post race meal...and if no one else does, I will ;)

Hope to see you out there,
Bill
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PattiFuchs
Posts: 5
April 1, 2011
5:51pm
Just what I was hoping to hear! :)
The Salsa Sharks are officially signed up and can't wait!
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