Arriving at 6am to drop my mountain bike at the race allocated position, I was still feeling overly confident. After all, how hard could it be? I'll let you be the judge.
Once your mountain bike is dropped, you proceed to the registration area. Here you and about 400 hundred others are given your numbered race bib, a map and the "ok" for your first aid kit.
With your team mate you then have a few minutes to scourer your map looking at the best trails leading to check points. Each check point has a small electronic device that is activated when you insert your team device upon reaching that point.
This Kathmandu Adventure Race consisted of: Trail Running, Mountain Biking and Kayaking. The course remains secret until the day of registration. With different routes and distances for each race.
A shot gun start kicks it all into play. A pulsing mass of competitors squeeze forward. Feet pounding behind beside and in front of you. All moving in the direction of the next check point.
The terrain is wet from the torrential rain, the rocks are slippery. People are slipping and sliding. Groans are heard from those who have fallen. You keep running. The best completion time will be what gets you a win. This means you don't stop.
As you look for each check point the pace becomes harder. Running on the rocky muddy trails is exhausting. Swimming in the deep muddy creek is exhausting. Finally you reach the next leg in the race: And it too, is exhausting.
The mountain biking leg begs you to drag your bike through mud so thick many people have to shoulder carry their ride. It forces you to ride through water waste deep and navigate trails covered in rocks.
Reaching check point after check point you arrive at the Kayak section. Drop your bike and trail run to get a boat. Once in the kayak you have check points to find on the river. Paddling back isn't as exhausting as carrying your kayak back up the trail to the end.
Finally you reach the last leg of the race. If you've been quick its been about four hours. If you are a beginner it could be six hours, that you've been demanding everything you've got from your body.
Crossing the finish line you suddenly forget the pain and muscle aches. You don't feel the bites covering your body from mosquitos. You feel like you've accomplished something really great. Nabbing a win or just a completion, it feels great! As does the camaraderie from other competitors greeting you.
As you grab your free burger and drink, the conversation shifts to the next race. You suddenly feel like you could do it all over again.
If this sounds like something you'd like to try. Visit the website for more details. The Brisbane event isn't the only one in the series, so look out for more races throughout the year.