Sunday, May 4, 2008

Mitsubishi City Chase




The next event on my schedule is the Mitsubishi City Chase.  It will take place on May 10 (next Saturday).


This is a team event and I will be competing with Mark Vaughan - together we are TEAM LAST MINUTE - referring to when we registered.  Mark is a good friend that I introduced to the joys of swim, bike, run last year.

This race is quite unlike the stuff I usually do....  this one is a lot like the Amazing Race.  I am completely surprised by how excited I am to do it.  Mark and I have been talking strategy  and I think the 'team' aspect is a nice change to my usual races.  We will have a team of three computer-whizzes on speed dial to help us break down clues, figure out routes and generally provide Bat-Cave style backup...  We have mobile internet on our blackberries, GPS... you name it - we are ready to rock.

To provide an even higher level of intrigue, we have also been shortlisted, interviewed and screen-tested to be on the CBC Sports production of the race as one of the profiled teams that does the race with a camera crew in tow.  

If chosen, the producer encouraged us to provide 'drama' by essentially freaking out at each other (or other teams) when possible...  here's hoping we won't be fulfilling that request.  It has occurred to both of us that by televising our race we enhance our chances of embarrassing ourselves by a bajillion %...  So why do it?  Why not?  We are in this to have a blast and a new experience - we might as well do it on film and laugh hard at ourselves later.  Of course, we may not get picked...

Regardless, I believe Team Last Minute will be a potent mixture of brains and brawn, speed and skill, morals and ruthlessness.  All in all it should be pretty fun. 


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6 comments:

charlotte said...

How did you do in the City Chase???

MJ said...

Hi Charlotte,

You can read the race report here:
http://meyrickjones.blogspot.com/2008/05/mitsubishi-city-chase-race-report.html

Also, we are on TV (CBC) tonight at 8:30pm if you want to watch us race.

Cheers,

MJ

charlotte said...

Thanks Meyrick...I'm looking forward to seeing how you guys did.
We ran the toronto one 2 weeks ago and are about to run the Montreal one is 2 weeks time with the hopes(or not) to be followed by a camera crew...LOVE the race, but as you said the small mistakes add up and cost you the race!
GREAT post, fun read.
Thanks.
Charlotte.

MJ said...

We were pretty happy with our 17th place given the one big mental error.

The cameras definitely added another level of fun to the whole thing.

I heard the Toronto one was tough. Good luck in Montreal.

MJ

charlotte said...

Thanks, yes, the TO one was quite tough this year...but a great challenge!
17th is awesome!
We came 23rd...missed 2 street cars by seconds and that cost us close to 40 minutes...
Hopefully we're luckier in Montreal.
It would be awesome to represent Canada in Morrocco:-)
We'll see you tonight on CBC!

Charlotte.

MJ said...

Those little things get you... You have to be a bit lucky with transit for sure.

Let me know what you think of the show tonight.

Cheers,

MJ