I think my teams strengths lie within being able to persevere in truely nasty conditions and get going when the going is tough. We usually start OK and do better as the longer races we compete in get tougher and tougher. The ADAC was not in a format we were used to or that suited either of these strengths, so we had to dig deep and do our best to hit top speeds right out of the gate.
Out of the gates on day one the race started on Mountain bikes in an urban setting and a peleton riding through roundabouts next to palaces and through downtown Abu Dhabi. From here we paddled around an Island just off the coast. We decided to take a chance and do a small portage to skip a 200 yard jeti on the far corner of the island. We were paddling in the top 10 (the field was all very close) and it took us less than 5 minutes to get to the other side to see Team Desert Island approaching from our left in first place...and then we saw the tank trap cement structures that lined the beach we were going to get into. Scrap that plan and turn around, all of a sudden our brilliant idea turned into not such a good idea and we were back in the water about 8-9 minutes after starting our portage. The rest of the padle and the run were straight forward and we finished in about 2:45 in 15th place. Lesson learned, don't take stupid chances this early in a stage race.
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