My friends are on a different level of race prep from me. When they picked me up at 4:55am on Saturday morning, I had an empty water bottle and an old towel. They had coolers full of snacks and drinks, a pop up tent, and chairs for everyone. We even had mason jars full of ice cold cucumber-mint water to sip as we sat in the shade. This was really more of a spa day than a race.
The weather was fantastic for July and I was actually chilly at the start. The race directors must have some ESP or control over the weather because the race premium this year was actually a pullover.
|My kids are positive that's a spider as the logo|
Since we had two relay teams, we ran in pairs. I went in the starting pair and I got to fully enjoy the rare cool summer morning. The first four mile loop seemed to go by really quickly and before I knew it, I was back at the start and done running for a bit. It felt a little like cheating to be sitting down and relaxing while the race was going on, but I pushed through and relaxed to the point of almost falling asleep.
My second time around the loop was quite a bit warmer, so we walked the inclines. Again, it went by really quickly (probably because the only other time I've run at this park has been for six hours at a time), and I was back at our tent/resort area. Due to relay team issues (no one wants those logistical details, right?), I ended up going out for a third loop early. I was happy to do that because sitting and then running and then sitting again wasn't my body's favorite activity.
By the time we finished that loop, it was almost at 5 hours on the race clock. We decided to have a snack and then go out as a whole team and walk until it was time to plant our flag markers at the end of the race. We had fun walking as a group and even took a detour to look at all the yachts on the river.
We haven't gotten the official results yet, but by our math we did about 28 miles as a team for the six hours. We also had a fantastic time, so it was a successful race.
|Yeah, I don't follow outfit instruction well|
I was supposed to wear black bottoms with a white top, but my laundry procrastination meant I was getting dressed from the dryer at 4:30am on Saturday morning and my give a damn was busted.
Don't worry, I was harassed all day for being a diva who isn't a team player.
As always, I highly recommend this race to anyone in the area. I don't think I'd do the relay again because I prefer to keep moving the whole time. Also a dude in the packet pick up line mocked relays and said he hasn't done a relay since elementary school, so clearly next year I need to beat him at the 6 hour solo race.
Which would you pick, a solo effort or a relay run for a 6 hour race? I don't know how people get through those Ragnar relays. My body is too old for that shit.