(this is a little overdue!)
On Sunday April 3rd, I participated in another fun event with my good friend/co-worker, William - the Amazing NY Race! - another scavenger hunt type adventure. Here's a recap of the event.
Of course I had to break out my "Team Sour Balls" t-shirt from last summer's Great Urban Race:
I rode my bike over the 59th St Bridge to get there:
As soon as I arrived, what does William do, but buy me a beer! (I didn't really try to stop him though...)
Of course he was drinking too- (duh!)
We had checked in but needed to wait until they handed out the clues to all the teams. I love this photo -
Finally the clues were handed out but we weren't allowed to look at them yet. Of course William kept telling me to cheat - he tells me I'm too uptight (partially true) and that I need to stop following the rules (I like rules!) and live a little (wow - nearly the exact conversation we had at last year's Great Urban Race when I didn't want him to buy me a beer!). He wanted to open the packet and get started but I refused to let him! I was waiting for the designated time!
Finally they gave us the go ahead to start working on the clues. Meanwhile, we had ordered another beer, which was exactly what I *didn't* need since it was only about noon and I had already had a 20 ounce beer and was feeling pretty buzzed. But once again, I didn't say no.
We worked on the clues in a fashion similar to last year's scavenger hunt - I, the
|Aw buddies -n - beer!|
Every other team had already figured out what they were doing and left to go do it! Wow. I blame William. And the beer...
Finally we left and of course I navigated our route (you didn't think I was going to trust him to get us anywhere, did you?). There were 8 address-specific photo clues and we had to photograph ourselves with at least 4 of them. (Those were the items we were googling or "giggling" as my Dad would say). But on the way to all of those, there were also about 25 other things we had to be on the lookout for. If we photographed ourselves with them, they were worth additional points.
To make things more challenging, we also had to go back to the bar between a certain window of time to do an activity to score even more points. (I had to play pick-up sticks. I didn't get a photo of that. And yes, we had ANOTHER beer while we were there!). There was another thing we could do for extra points, but we didn't get around to doing it. Anyway, here are photos of some of the things we did get points for -
Mannequin with a mini dress, 5 points
|Man with a goatee, 5 points|
|One of the photo clues- we had to find the location of this sewing guy statue.|
|another photo clue, the easiest and only one I got in a split second - the gorgeous wooden escalators in Macy's Herald Square|
|someone with a croissant, 5 points (Note: William bought that croissant just so we could get this one)|
|with a smart car, 5 points|
|with someone wearing camouflage, 5 points + with someone wearing a flag, 5 points|
|with neon, 5 points (see: Rudy's Bar & Grill sign behind William)|
|This had absolutely nothing to do with the scavenger hunt, I just really REALLY wanted a photo of William high-fiving the pig! This is CLASSIC!|
|exhausted on the 6 Train|
|sitting on the 7 Train|
|Walking through Port Authority (note William's finger - he was aware if my photo shenanigans...)|
|He can't resist touching a boobie. Even if it's not human. Or 3D. Or a woman for that matter.|
|Again, nothing to do with the race, I just had to get him in front of this peep shop! Look at that neon lady!!|
There were other photo clues (not shown above) and we did tons more running around. To be honest, we were both exhausted. It probably didn't help that we had also drank a lot of beer. Or maybe it did help? We had to be back at the bar by 5pm and if we made it by 4:45, we'd get an extra 15 points. We made that cut off by a minute, getting the extra points.
|Here we are, back at the bar, enjoying a post-race beer. Oh, and this photo gave us an additional 10 points towards our score! I was worth 5 points for my nameplate + 5 points for having tattoos.|
Finally we got our score, 182, which I thought was spectacular. Until I realized we placed 40th out of 53 teams that finished. (but hey, 9 teams didn't even make it back!) It doesn't matter though - It's not like I do anything with the intention of being the best. It's like I say all the time, it's not about being first or fastest - it's about having fun and JUST DOING IT! And we did that - we had lots of fun, created great memories and completed our mission! Go Team Sour Balls!!!
|On our way out of the bar, time to go home|
|On the 59th St Bridge, headed home|
Bike ride to midtown west:
- Total Time: 47 minutes
- Minutes in Cardio Zone: 31 minutes
- Percentage of Time in Cardio Zone: 66%
- Average Heart Rate: 132
- High Heart Rate: 158
- Total Calories Burned: 324
- Total Miles: 6
- Total Time: 166 minutes (2 hours, 46 minutes)
- Minutes in Cardio Zone: 20 minutes
- Percentage of Time in Cardio Zone: 12%
- Average Heart Rate: 115
- High Heart Rate: 159
- Total Calories Burned: 763
- Total Miles: ? guessing we walked about 6 miles
- Total Time: 46 minutes
- Minutes in Cardio Zone: 8 minutes
- Percentage of Time in Cardio Zone: 17%
- Average Heart Rate: 118
- High Heart Rate: 148
- Total Calories Burned: 249
- Total Miles: 6
(The entire photo set can be seen here)