|Dan, catches some sleep in the bed of the truck|
- Buy some earplugs. I even bring a couple pair with me in case I can't find my first pair.
- Bring a lightweight blanket to use in the van. When you aren't running you may be able to catch a couple zzz's and having the blanket is more comfortable. Plus everyone will want to use it.
- Some people like using eye masks to block light. My favorite trick is to pull my knit cap down over my eyes. It blocks light and I can still breath.
- I bring a small backpacking pillow and a sleeping bag liner and forego the real sleeping bag. But when I've snagged someone's full size pillow while trying to sleep in a moving van it is 10 times better. If there is space in the van and you don't have to fly to get to the race, a full size pillow is the way to go.
- Having a sleeping mat is helpful to roll out in the gym, on the grass, on the cement or wherever.
- Take advantage of the gyms offering sleeping areas. It really isn't that bad to sleep in a room with a hundred other runners. Besides the snorers (and they are always loud), it is relatively quiet and often dark. It isn't as stinky and sweaty as it might sound.
- Sleeping in the van is possible but only works if well if the whole group wants to sleep. If some of the van wants to shower and eat, they will be opening/closing the van doors while you are trying to sleep.
- Outside sleeping areas are great....unless the sprinklers come on. Then it's a lot of fun to watch everyone wake up and run away.
- At Ragnar Wasatch we use a truck instead of a van and one of the runners cocoons himself into the truck bed and sleeps in-between all his runs.
- Sleep on grassy areas by parking lots. After our van finishes running Wasatch we park by the exchange in a business building parking lot, roll out our sleeping mats on the grass and get some rest.
- Don't try and sleep next to a building door that will open/close alot. Also avoid high traffic areas.
- Don't sleep in parking lots. Vans come and go and you're at risk of being run over. Plus, it's against the Ragnar rules.
- Try and sleep when you can. Even closing your eyes and resting will help give you energy.
What tips do you have to sleep during a Ragnar,, Hood to Coast or any other 24 hour relay?