My trip started as any trip should – beers in the airport and winning money at the hotel casino! Ok, so I walked away about $15 richer… but it counts!
I was in Van 2 for the first time ever and I got to sleep in a little on race morning. My amazing team was named “I Just Blue Myself”. If you don’t get the reference, you should proceed directly to Hulu and watch every episode of Arrested Development – paying close attention to “Afternoon Delight”. episode 6. season 2. You can thank me later.
…you will also better understand the costumes worn by Chrissy and I for our first legs…
As we pulled in to the exchange where I’d start the first 3.5 miles of my 14.2 mile journey… I’m informed that it’s now the first 4 miles of a 14.7 mile journey… and it turned out to be more like 4.2 of 14.9. Anyway, at least I had a heads up!
So, I ran. The first half was uphill and into the wind. I believe they were 25mph sustained, with 40mph gusts… the second half was downhill with a tailwind. Whee!! Oh, and this was my first ever run in a costume… yup.
We wrapped up our first legs just before dark, and hit up Sweet Tomatoes for some dinner. We then proceeded to M Resort where we were supposed to have access to the casino, pool, and facilities. We did not. So, we hunkered down while the wind literally rocked the van, and we waited for Van 1.
Our route for the second leg was a straight out and back. Patrick and I ran the same leg – in opposite directions. Guess who’s leg involved a slight uphill for 3.5 miles? Me! The out and back could have been really fun if it weren’t so darn cold and windy. There could have been cheering and car-eoke… but we mostly stayed bundled up inside and out of the wind.
I was actually warm enough running in shorts, a t-shirt and my Swiftwick arm warmers. It was nice! But once I stopped, the cold took over again!!
My last leg was the whole reason I chose this runner position. It was hilly, sure, and long. 7.2 miles on a path by Lake Mead. It was BEAUTIFUL. I charged up the hills while people walked. I took in the scenery. I loved every quad-killing, calf-burning second of that run – especially the sections through the tunnels!
I finished running wanting more – and I think that’s the way it should be 🙂
A few notes on the course:
The standing joke with my team was that we’re writing letters to Ragnar starting with “Congratulations on barely pulling off Rangar Las Vegas…” Between bad directions, wrong mileage, not having amenities promised on course, running out of safety flags (a piece of equipment that could get you disqualified if you don’t have them), and false road closures, it was WAY more of an adventure than I signed up for! Don’t get me wrong – I love Ragnar Relays and generally have great experiences – and I even had a BLAST on this one – but this race director has some serious work to do if they want to maintain that reputation.
That said – the Keys have been near flawless the past two years, and I’m looking forward to year #3 there. Carrie rocks!