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.