I flew out on Thursday morning getting up at 3:30am. Ouch. That hurt but it was in preparation for getting up on race day at 3am. Double ouch. Running Ragnar means little or no sleep during the race but starting with serious sleep deprivation is really challenging.
We attended the safety briefing in which I assisted and had a great time. The man never knew where or what I was doing.
|Dan coming down from the one serious hill (up must have been impossible)|
|Somer and Erika hanging out after their first run|
|I was woozy after finishing the leg but ecstatic my hammy held up|
|Steve and his downhill dust bath|
|Steve rescues Somer from her unfortunate lurching stomach.|
Steve's family has a cabin close to the race route and at 12:30am we arrived for a delicious spaghetti dinner prepared by Steve's wife Sue. It's always a trade off to shower or try to sleep; I opted for sleeping and actually think I fell asleep for little while.
I switched my leg for Dan's leg (he's runner one) and started running my last and final 5 mile run at 6am. Last year ( I also ran that first leg) I was completely exhausted. This year I was tired and felt like walking but wasn't as exhausted. It is a wonderful feeling being done.
Dan was still sleeping at this time. I think he must be sleep deprived in real life and unlike the normal person who drags through Ragnar with no sleep, Dan catches up on all his missed sleep. Dan did surface from his cocoon during leg four when Somer was going to run (Dan was runner five at this point). We were at the exchange plenty of time in advance but Erika was faster than we planned and stood at the exchange chute for 10 minutes before Somer showed up. Oops...sorry Erika. I know as experienced Ragnarites that shouldn't happen but I suppose we were getting lax.
|Sleeping Beauty Dan|
My prediction spreadsheet was accurate up to the last few legs when van two had to run up Wasatch. An impossible hill to run and flew my estimates. We arrived at the finish line in Park City where they were having record high temperatures and there was no shade on the finishing field. Respectfully trespassing, we quietly settled on a neighbors grass to wait impatiently for the final runner to come in. Two hours later our team finished and another successful Ragnar race was complete.
|Relaxing waiting for runner 12 to finish|
Here's some more pictures from the race
|Dan and Somer sharing a special moment (he just took his pants off after running down the hill on his first leg)|
|My awesome van...Steve, Natalie, Erika, Somer and Sleeping Beauty Dan|
|Erika blows by a runner|
|Somer's puts on her toe condoms before her downhill run|