One thing about Tahoma is that there is not a lot of flat ground. You are either going up or you are going down, so we spent some serious time working our way up. After the maps were handed out we strategized and came up with an ambitious loop to circumnavigate Mt. Tahoma on bike and then climb it on foot. There were clusters of checkpoints on the circumnavigation that required us to climb a couple of other mountains. When it was said and done we climbed 6,400 ft. on our bikes.
We made it about 5/6 of the way through our loop and realized we were going to be cutting it short with time. In a rogaine missing your time cut off results in drastic time penalties so it is better in most cases to get back within the regulated time rather than squeaking in that last CP. We found an out on our route and climbed our way up and over a ridge and bombed back into the hash house with 3 minutes to spare. We learned our competition, team nuun-Feed the Machine (That's my team!), made up of Aaron Rinn and Aaron Matzke had already come in and were out on the course.
We quickly transitioned, re-organized our foot loop and headed out running all flats (There were none that I can remember), slight uphills and down hills and fast hiking the uphills. After it was all said and done we felt like we left some points on the table that we should have gotten but overall were happy with our effort. High fives all around the hash house when we came storming in and the anticipation built.
It turn out nuun-Feed the Machine cleared 1455 points and we eeked them out with 1465...totally amazing to be sooo close after 12 hours of racing and having two completely different point profiles/routes. More high fives, some coffee and off to warmth. Did I mention it was snowing at the high elevations? Here is a link to our bike route.