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Coffee anyone? Jason, Mike, and Roch looking a little less chipper, but awake nonetheless, on the morning of Day 3.


Yes, it’s a motorhome village but there were no tornadoes – ours is the double wide – home sweet home!


The details of each stage are reviewed the night before in a meeting with manuals of the coming day’s course given to each team. The organization is incredible – Mike "Beefcake" Dannelley stands next to a map of Day 3’s route – it looks so easy on a flat piece of paper.


Roch looking decidedly ambivalent about Day 3 prior to the start in Blairemore - nothing to do but ride.


Jason Tuffs looking less than happy about being somewhere between Blairemore and Elkford with a long way to go – not even the beautiful scenery was helping.


Jason & Heather sharing a smile midway through the longest stage.


Finally the finish line! Jason and Heather hit the finish line after what sounded like a very long 9 ½ hour day. 3 days down, 4 to go.


Heather looking much happier to be in Elkford at the end of a long Day 3. Nothing like an ice cold Coke after 9 ½ hours…which is about the same amount of time it takes the 15-time Ironman champion to complete an Ironman…this time, she’s got another 4-days in a row ahead.


When does a plastic WalMart chair feel like a Lazyboy? Jason Tuffs looking like someone who just vomited for 9 ½ hours while riding a mountain bike 109 kilometers over some of the gnarliest terrain the Canadian Rockies have to offer.


Heather taking the edge of some very tired legs with an ice cold Canadian stream and, no, she hasn’t been worried about keeping up with her swimming and running.

   

TransRockies Challenge – Day 3 – OUCH! Crashes, Vomiting, & IV's...

Day 3, Ouch!!! After the 2nd day we never thought we could encounter harder, more technical single tracks and climbs, but we were not disappointed. 109 km later (76 miles) and a few bruises and IV's and we made it to Elkford.

Jason had a tough day from the start as you will see in the photo. He is fine after a few IV bags of fluid and should be fine to go tomorrow, but it was a tough day for him. His system shut down from the start and he vomited on and off for 9 1/2 hours. Amazingly he made it through the stage and they placed 19th in their mixed division. More amazing is he was able to make it down the last 9km which was the gnarliest single track down hill trails we have ever seen. It was tough enough coming down when you feel good, but he barely remembers the descent!

Mike and I had a solid day finishing 13th in our division in 7:35. It was a tough day with 2600m (8000+feet) of climbing and 3 uphill sections that everyone had to walk. I clocked one and it was 400m. Doesn't sound far, but try it on a dirt trail with boulders the size of basket balls and barely able to push your bike it turns into a 15min 1/4 mile.

Mike took a good header on one down hill section, but fortunately had no injuries, just some more road rash. I had a few small falls, but nothing major. The only exciting thing that happened to me was a bee sting to the ass on the last descent.

Tomorrow we head further north to Whiteswan Lake in BC. 95 km with 1000m (that’s over 3000 feet for those of you who still can’t convert from metric) of climbing in the first 20km. We keep thinking we’ve seen the most technical descents possible but the organizers keep stepping it up a notch on each successive day – it should be interesting! We will try to keep you all posted, but it is in the middle of the wilderness with no town, just a lodge so we will update when we can.

Roach