The Everglades Challenge 2013 is done, results are at http://www.watertribe.com/Events/ChallengeResults.aspx. I had a good run and was pleased to be the first solo class 2 (racing kayaks and canoes, no sail) to finish, and also led the class 1 (expedition kayaks/canoes with 1 meter sails).
Although my watertribe name is “KayakVagabond”, after the event a few people surprised me by calling me “Random Animal”. Apparently this was coined by the highly skilled and competitive “IronBob”, who along with “TheJuice” finished first in their class in a double. I dueled with them frequently during the race. Apparently “Random Animal” is a reference to someone new who shows up at an event and goes hard. Hmmm — although I am much more deliberate than random, there’s worse things I have been called…. :^)
My boat and body held up just fine, although I was quick to arrange for a full massage soon after the race. Even with the massage, my lats and back muscles went into “rigamortis” a few days later and only recently have I felt like paddling again. I lost six pounds during the race even though I was eating Perpetuem every 15 minutes.