There's only one episode left for Season 9 of The Amazing Race Canada but before the finale, we saw couple Deven Condo-Mitchell and Amanda Larocque eliminated after one of the most bizarre challenges of the whole series — the alien challenge.
"I really don't think about it too much now, but just watching it ... was a little rough," Condo-Mitchell told Yahoo Canada.
"It was interesting to see, it was funny, actually," Larocque added. "I laughed again seeing the episode and ... having to speak this alien language."
In the penultimate episode of the season, the four remaining teams on Amazing Race Canada had to memorize and recite lines in an alien language. They then had to race to Toronto's Kensington Market to buy five different items.
Ultimately, Larocque and Condo-Mitchell from from Gesgapegiag, Que., came up short.
'We had too much pride to take a penalty'
Reflecting on their time in the race as a whole, Larocque and Condo-Mitchell both believe they should have strategized more, specifically in their final leg of the race.
"We said from the beginning, we're going to run this race with integrity," Larocque said. "Taking a penalty wasn't an option for us and I think it would have actually helped us if we did, because that challenge was so challenging."
"But we just couldn't. We had too much pride to take a penalty. So we just stuck it through and supported each other the best we could in such a heated moment of being stressed and hungry, and tired and hot."
Condo-Mitchell added that at the core of their strategy was to "have fun and be playful," but that's significantly more difficult after spending three hours in a challenge.
Overall, the couple are still proud of themselves for getting as far as they did in the race, and improving as time went on.
"We really did notice that we were getting stronger and after each leg we would debrief each other and discuss, what could we have done better, what mistakes, what can make us stronger for the next leg, so we can prepare," Larocque said.
"So we did a lot of reflecting and our communication skills just got stronger. I think that's what helped us get stronger throughout the race."
"It was a learning process," Condo-Mitchell added. "We just had to hone in and tighten up the screws a little bit, and to make it this far without any help, nothing at all, ... that was a win in our books."
Condo-Mitchell and Larocque are the first Mi'gma'gi team to compete in Amazing Race Canada, and as Condo-Mitchell stressed, it was really Larocque that pushed them to take the leap and join the race.
"I was in the bush, I was at work in the wilderness and she calls me up, she goes, 'Oh my God, we got this opportunity to be on The Amazing Race," Condo-Mitchell said. "For years we've been watching these type of shows and I told her, 'One day we're going to be on one of these shows,' and then when she called me up and told me that we had the opportunity I was flabbergasted."
In terms of what the couple have learned about each other through the process, Condo-Mitchell highlighted that being stuck together 24/7 allowed them to improve their communication, while also teaching them how to stay calm in stressful situations.
"I [had] to remember, this is my lover and my friend, and it's not a teammate, because when I'm out on the field, I can really dig into my teammates," he said.
"I think we were able to ... use each other's strengths, and [know] our own weaknesses," Larocque added. "I travel a lot for work so ... that's why ... I was the one driving all the time, because I can get through the cities and stuff."
"We just knew our strengths and [really used them]."