New Zealand episode 3 recap

We’re officially in the thick of things Race for Survival: New Zealand. Last week we saw our first team eliminated when Rhode Islanders, Emilio and Heather, were the last to reach the End Crate in Race 1. They fought hard and the rest of the teams cheered them on as they reached the finish line. line. This week it’s time for a brand new race.

In Race to Survive: New Zealand Episode 3, ‘Grit Trumps Calories’, the eight remaining teams began Race 2. While some racers sprinted through the course with ease, a serious lack of calories began to affect some of the other people on the track. to fetch. class. By the end of the episode, one team was forced to throw in the towel.

Cold, wet and miserable in the Survival Camp

Paulina Pena stands in front of a fire in Race to Survive: New Zealand
Photo credit: Tim Williams/USA Network

Episode 3 of Race to Survive started at Survival Camp, where the eight remaining teams sat looking pitiful. It was rainy and cold. Moreover, some teams were literally starving after the exhausting first race.

The Oil Riggers and the Brooklyn Climbers skipped food supplies in Race 1, losing zero calories in a race in which they burned up to 6,000 calories per day. That’s not a good combination. At one point, Stef and Mikhail tried to barter with the Smokejumpers to get food. It did not work. Meanwhile, Kennedy licked the fungus off a tree in an attempt to get a few calories. Desperate times call for desperate measures.

Even the teams that had received food supplies were running low on fuel. The Cool Moms said they needed some almonds and a piece of beef jerky. At that point, no one was having a good time, so they were rightly excited when they saw a helicopter show up with a crate to start the second race. They were ready to get moving again, because anything is better than sitting in a cold tent.

Race 2, day 1

Bronsen Iverson and Ryan Stewart are in Race to Survive: New Zealand together
Photo credit: Daniel Allen/USA Network

The racers have the map for Race 2: Maungakaura in their hands. It started with a sprint uphill, followed by a treacherous alpine swamp. They must then find a drop-down point to descend to a mandatory checkpoint and an optional food cache detour. After reaching the first checkpoint, their next task is to climb a mountain, then turn around and go straight back down the other side of it.

For Race 2, there is also an important caveat: if another team drops out before reaching the finish line, you are not guaranteed a ticket to Survival Camp. This is a change from Season 1 and it puts more pressure on the racers to reach the finish line quickly. They also have to arrive in one piece.

When the race started, the Hunters immediately took an advantage over the rest of the teams. They started running up that hill like Kate Bush, but the New Zealand heat started to catch up with Bronsen. He needed to catch his breath, drink some water and regroup. After eating nothing but bacon in Race 1, shivering in the Survival Camp and then running uphill in the sun, it’s understandable why he wasn’t feeling well.

Since the Hunters went off the rails, that opened up the opportunity for the River Guides and the Smokejumpers to gain an advantage. It’s just like the first race, where these three teams started the race by leaps and bounds ahead of everyone else. We don’t want to get ahead of ourselves, but at this point it won’t be too surprising if one of these teams wins the whole thing.

A supergroup forms on the racetrack

Paulina Pena and Creighton Baird on Race for Survival: New Zealand
Photo credit: Daniel Allen/USA Network

During Race 2, Day 1, the Cool Moms, the Ultramarathoners and the Divorcees were all neck and neck on the course. The moms admitted that they basically just followed whoever was in front of them so they didn’t have to think too much about navigation. They’re all going to the same finish line anyway.

Meanwhile, the Ultramarathoners weren’t feeling that strategy. They didn’t want anyone to get rid of their coat, so they deliberately let Rhandi and Ashley pass them by. That cleared the way for the ladies to catch up with the divorcees, creating a supergroup.

Ex-lovers Paulina and Creighton agreed to work with Rhandi and Ashley as they moved forward. They called it a “navigation committee.” Strength in numbers, right? Wrong. The super group walked right past the drop-off point to get to the mandatory checkpoint and the all-important food cache. Towards the end of Race 2, Day 1, they realized they had to start the next day by returning to the checkpoint.

To eat, or not to eat

Nikola Milutinovic and Kennedy Taylor in Race to Survice: New Zealand
Photo credit: Daniel Allen/USA Network

At the mandatory checkpoint, the racers made their first food cache decision. They could climb over the rocks into a stream to get food or continue toward the Race 2 finish line. The only caveat was that the racers had 30 minutes left on the race clock before completing the food cache challenge started.

Oil Riggers Nik and Kennedy had no food on their ninth day, so they were really counting on reaching that food supply. On Race 2, Day 1, they reached the checkpoint with 20 minutes left on the clock, so the rules stated that they could not proceed to dinner. If they had gotten there ten minutes earlier, they could have ended their famine. Instead, they had to camp next to the challenge and wait for Day 2 to start. That’s torture.

When morning came, Kennedy was the first to go after the food supply and they were finally allowed to eat, after almost ten days without food. It couldn’t come soon enough; Nik’s clothes barely fit him anymore. Moreover, they couldn’t possibly have lasted much longer without calories. Our bodies just don’t work that way.

Meanwhile, the ‘navigation committee’ finally showed up at the food cache as Nik and Kennedy celebrated their first meal of the race. The Oil Riggers were shocked to learn that they were ahead of so many other teams. The mothers showed up and celebrated receiving their food rations with a chant: “Grit trumps calories!”

A costly misstep

Steffen Jean-Pierre and Mikhail Marti on Race to Survive: New Zealand looking at a map
Photo credit: Tim Williams/USA Network

Elsewhere on the course, the Brooklyn Climbers struggled in every way imaginable. They hadn’t eaten, so compared to the rest of the teams it seemed like they were walking around the course at a snail’s pace. Priority number one was reaching the first food cache.

Race 2, Day 1 came and went without a food cache. On day 2 they started walking to the food depot when Mikhail slipped and fell into some rocks. He told Steffen that he may have hurt his knee and “heard a pop” when he fell.

Mikhail got up from the fall and tried to make his way to the food warehouse. But it didn’t take long for me to realize that this wouldn’t be possible in the long run. The narrator said they were moving at a “glacial” pace, and that was putting it lightly.

With Mikhail injured and their stomachs empty, the Brooklyn Climbers told the producers they were ready to leave the race. They threw in the towel after not eating for 10 days and racing through 50 miles of rugged New Zealand terrain. You can’t blame them; it’s not like you can race with an injury like that.

After a producer praised the Brooklyn Climbers for a job well done, a helicopter arrived and took them back to safety. As the helicopter zoomed over the racecourse, the rest of the teams pressed forward to try to complete Race 2 and avoid elimination. There is much more to overcome.

Race to Survive: New Zealand continues Monday nights at 11/10c on USA Network.


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