Found this hanging out in my “Drafts” from last summer. Figured, why not get a little sunshine out there in the middle of winter:
It’s been so long since I posted a blog that, one, I totally forgot my login and password and, two, I had like 5,800 spam messages and ten software updates to go through before I could even get to writing.
Enter the First Annual Gaucho Gauntlet. For those of you not in the know, a Gaucho is a thing that has something to do with UCSB… that’s all I know (sorry John, you’ll have to educate me sometime). A Gauntlet, apparently, is a 6 hour adventure race through the campus of UCSB and surrounding Goleta.
Since it was the first ever, we really had no clue what kind of race it would be: typical hardcore off road race or fun casual urban adventure. Either way, it would be an active day outside in a beautiful area.
The race started at the Rec Center on campus where we were given a map, a quick briefing on the rules and our first clue. Yes, A CLUE?! That was new and also a really bad sign since Jess and I had no clue about the surrounding campus or area.
The first clue basically said a bunch of words that meant “Go to the pool – jump off the high dive to get your next clue” As soon as I saw it, I was cracking up and Jess went pale. “We have to do WHAT???” Luckily for her, only one of us had to take the plunge, and I, being the gentleman that I am, volunteered.
After that, we basically went from clue to clue using a combination of running, mountain and road biking and kayaking to get to the finish line. Along the way we repelled off the soccer stadium, slack-lined in the park, climbed a rock wall on the beach, and kayaked around the Goleta beach pier.
We didn’t come in first, but we also didn’t come in last, which is a miracle since we basically knew NOTHING about the area or the campus and had to figure out the clues by guessing.
All told, we went a total of 14.36 miles in 4 hours 36 minutes and after all was said and done, our goal was achieved: we spent an adventure-filled day outside in a beautiful town.