After an unintended retirement, Whale’s Vagina has brought in a new boy to try out the latest in adventure racing, Cotopaxi’s Questival. Cotopaxi has put together a giant list of challenges to complete over a period of 24 hours. Check out our Instagram, @racewhalesvagina, Snap @travelbugsd, or my personal Facebook jessica.grundy.7 to join in on the fun. Help us out by liking our #Questival posts.
Category Archives: Urban Adventure Racing
A blog post from yours truly.
Well this surely ain’t it. And don’t call me Shirley.
Guess what I’ve entered? Another contest. And I could win $3,000. Well, me and partner that is. So, go here. Vote for Whale’s V. Tweet. We need your help!
So Partner and I have done a lot of races and I have shared nothing. Probably better for you all, but tough luck.
So, I’m going to give you a brief run down. Mostly because it’s been so long that I really don’t remember much of anything more than “Yup, did that one!” But also because, well how much do you really want to read we solved this clue and went here. Then this one and went here. So, following is my attempt to spare you.
Jessica and the CitySolve Urban Race Los Angeles Partner and I are officially a traveling team. Somehow, we convinced
the Hubs Sir Sweets to participate. Good thing he did, he had to push me up a hill. Seriously. We didn’t take the shortest route to 2nd. Although, it did allow us to stop at the Disney Concert Hall and convince strangers to spell SILVERSCREEN with their bodies.
We proceeded to the bar we were originally headed to to complete our blind pictionary task. Though, I prefer to call it Sensosketch. Got on the underground Metro thingy they have in LA, lost phone service, I solved a cypher clue. Finished 12th, got bumped up to 6th.
Jessica vs. Manhattan (Great Urban Race) I sincerely apologize for not writing about the trip partner and I won to New York sooner. I know you have been dying to hear about it ever since I posted our award-winning video. And now all you get is a blurb! We should have bought the 7 day subway pass. We solved some clues. Didn’t understand uptown vs. downtown. Partner would call it utter failure. I declare a rematch.
Jessica vs. Pacific Beach Urban Dare This one we totally rocked. I had done a ridiculous amount of preparation. We immediately left starting line to catch a bus to a park a little ways north. We stopped at the statue we had to find (knew where it was due to my preparation), then went to the park. Here is where we messed up. We had most of the clues solved (with the help of Sir Sweets via phone), but one was giving us trouble. We decided to go ahead and head back south to get started on some of the clues. Turns out that clue was EVEN FARTHER NORTH. And this time we had no luck catching a bus.
Jessica vs. San Diego GUR Here I met LMFAO (sort of), we made an awesome run to the bus, rode a two-person bike, ate some gelato, and partner had to wear stinky boxing gloves. Finished top 25 (23, I think) but opted out of going to championships in New Orleans.
Jessica vs. Sin City CitySolve Urban Race 2011 Championship Race. Las Vegas, NV. Very cool. Met some fun people, ran a decent race, (ok, probably below average), bummed we didn’t consider anywhere off the strip besides downtown. Partner wouldn’t take me to Thunder Down Under. Oh, but she did take me to get some yummy cupcakes.
This concludes season 1. Thanks for watching!
Race season is kicking off soon and we are having a bit of a difficulty deciding on a costume. First it was because of a lack of ideas. I’ve somehow managed to overcome that obstacle. The Hubs even came up with a few.
But now we need input regarding recognizability, creativeness, and overall awesomeness. Hold on to your hats, this is about to get good.
Costume Idea 1: Holy Hand Grenade
Costume Idea 2: Chris O’Donnell quote from Batman Forever
Costume Idea 3: Beyonce named her baby Blue Ivy.
Costume Idea 4: Name needed
Costume Idea 5: This is the Hubs Idea; disclaimer needed.
Costume Idea 6: Another Idea of the Hubs, but I did laugh.
Costume Idea 7: Juicin’ Cows
So, what do you think?
When picking your favorite, you should consider the following:
- Can I run in this?
- Can I ride a bus in this?
- Is this original/creative etc.
- Do I get the reference, etc.
- Any other factors…
Please feel free to use any of these costumes in the race in your city, but let’s coordinate so we don’t show up to the same race in the same costume!
Well, Partner and I found a contest to enter.
So we did.
The contest, hosted by SOYJOY required a video showing how you add adventure into your everyday life. Well, we thought that the most entertaining would be Janelle and Casey. Although Luna and Ola are quite the adventure, Janelle and Casey do a lot more fun things than me and Ola and Luna. The girls are actually quite jealous of Casey and complain often that Casey gets to have so much more fun than they do. I tell them to go to bed.
Whoops, got side-tracked. Anyway. We entered the video, and begged you all to vote for us. And, as you may have seen…
And what did we win? A trip to New York to compete in the Great Urban Race Manhattan. I still can’t believe it. Probably will have a hard time believing it when we are there and trying to figure out what train will take us to 47th street from the Upper West Side. No, I have no idea if that made any sense. I’ve got 1 week to study.
I don’t remember how I first found out about these urban adventure races, but I have wanted to participate in one for at least a year and a half. For some reason, The Hubs was no where near as interested, and thus, I had yet to compete.
Then, at work, I say, adventure scavenger-hunt, and SUCCESS, clenched a partner. And a monster was born.
Seriously. We are addicted.
So July 16, me, Partner and Partner’s Friend (PF) headed to Quality Social downtown, super excited, and a little nervous. I had read several accounts of these kinds of races, but still had no idea what to expect. We made sure our pit crew was ready to go, and we waited.
As we were getting our picture taken at the start line, I knocked one of my (fairly) new diamond earrings out of my ear. They even had screw backs. Who loses a screw back? Me. I do.
The race started with a multiple choice question that sent you to a different intersection depending on what you answered. Our question was “Shortest border of California.” And we started running, confirmed that the answer was Mexico and made it to get our clue sheet.
We went a little down the road and started working on the clues. I called my family and had them work on where we could find a giant, inflatable pink flamingo. PF started working on the crossword puzzle and Partner was doing something. Reading the bonuses or something? It’s kind of all a daze right now.
Solving the crossword puzzle, we were looking for a place that has 3 of the following words in its name: BACK, COWBOYS, SPURS, SADDLE, GRILL, BARE on E Street.
We also knew from a poem that we needed to find a place on 7th that sold “Island Kitsch”. We started running and stumbled upon “Mainlanders”. Took our picture, turned onto E Street and found Bareback Grill.
We also hit up Dublin Square and the Hall of Justice. We then headed to Hillcrest to visit Bronx Pizza, Porkyland, Urban Mo’s and Arrivederci.
Here I am modeling our amazing t-shirts we made. Why yes, it does say “Whale’s Vagina.”
Don’t get it? Watch Anchorman. It was actually pretty awesome, because there was another team there named Stay Classy and they dressed up as the cast of Anchorman! Obviously, they won the costume contest.
So, I highly recommend participating in CitySolve Urban Race. Need a pit crew? Sign me up! Seriously, I will happily be your “phone-a-friend,” provided I am not running in the race.
July was one crazy month! And while my friends and family have been “baking” in the squelching heat and humidity I have not been baking in mild San Diego.
Why yes, I do enjoy rubbing it in.
I do hope you all aren’t too disappointed in me, but I have been busy. Here’s a rundown of my weekends in July:
July 9 –wedding in Georgia (Ok, here I did bake and in the squelching heat of the south) more on that later
July 16 — CitySolve Urban Race San Diego
July 23 — Comic-Con International, create video for contest
July 30 — CitySolve Urban Race Los Angeles
Needless to say, I have a new hobby. And I will likely share it here, mostly because I enjoy talking about it and I’m pretty sure The Hubs is tired of hearing about it. Although he did join us for the race in Los Angeles and totally rocked it.