Saturday, April 29, 2006

Sometimes getting to the start is the hardest part....

Hey guys! Just a quick post while I'm waiting for Brent to pop out of the shower. What a day!!!!!!!! We had an awesome dinner last night with Triathamom and the Chattanooga group!!!

This morning.....not so fabulous! We got up at 3:45 am (ugh). We headed out right at 4:42, exactly on time. Our car did not sound right....at all. One mile down the road the Service Engine Soon light came on and we knew we were screwed. We got off on the next exit and headed back for home, changed gear out and hopped in the Jeep. Blah!! So, about 4:55 we were back on our way. We made it to downtown where traffic was completely stopped. We were stuck for at least a half an hour just trying to get off the interstate and over to the Coliseum. The entire Coliseum lot was full, so we parked in a lot across the street. And it started raining. We grabbed our gear (and trash bags!) and headed for the shuttles. That didn't take TOO long and we got off the bus right at 6 and immediately got in a portapotty line. It was already enormous. We were in this line for over FIFTY minutes - we literally ran to the start and made it into our corral as the gun went off for the wheelchair start. We missed the national anthem and meeting up with the RBF-ers! I was so ready to pee behind a bush. Hey Elite Racing - how about getting some more m-fing portapotties??????????????? We were in line for an HOUR! Ridiculous. We were exhausted by the time we started.

But, I pushed it as hard as I could for the whole way....and ended up at 1:50:22 (unofficial) - a new PR!!! Hopefully my timing will be a little off and I broke 1:50, but I doubt it! Brent set a new PR of 1:55-something. A great day for both of us!

Afterwards we cheered at mile 21.5/25 for about an hour and a half until we were both hoarse and totally exhausted! (But not as exhausted as anyone who ran the full!!! I'm not complaining!!) We saw Michele, David and two of my coworkers, so it was a success!

Anyway, shower and NAP time!! Details and pics from race weekend to come!

24 Comments:

At 12:33 PM, Blogger Cory said...

25 miles?! Well, sounds like you made up that missing 1.2 with all the garbage you put up with the morning. Have a lovely nap.

 
At 2:04 PM, Anonymous Audrey said...

congratulations!!! nice PR!

ps. i love jeeps. that's my dream car.

 
At 2:53 PM, Blogger Garou said...

Congrats on the unofficial PR. Sorry to hear that there were so many problems before the start, but I'm glad that it still ended well for you two.

 
At 3:11 PM, Anonymous david said...

Thanks for your support! It was a hard day but folks like you are Brent made it easier!

 
At 3:34 PM, Anonymous Jay T said...

You can't just have a normal lead-up to the start of the race, can you? :-)

Glad to hear you did so well, especially after waking up so early ('ugh' is right) and all of the trials leading up to the actual race. You've certainly earned your nap.

 
At 3:47 PM, Anonymous Steve said...

Good job on the race! Looking forward to the pics.

 
At 4:23 PM, Blogger jeanne said...

Is there somewhere else i'm supposed to be going OTHER than behind a tree??? WHO KNEW?? I hate waiting in those stupid lines!!

But CONGRATS on the PR!!! You're amazing!! Both of you!

 
At 4:47 PM, Blogger E-Speed said...

great job Rae!!!

 
At 5:00 PM, Blogger susie said...

amazing to PR after all that early morning stress. way to go!!

 
At 5:11 PM, Blogger ShoreTurtle said...

Way to go!

 
At 5:53 PM, Blogger BuckeyeRunner said...

Yeah!! Sounds like a great race! Can't wait to see the race pics. And way to go on your great time! (And Brent, too!)

 
At 6:57 PM, Blogger PLANET3RRY said...

Good job on the both of you PRing! Pretty Righteous!

 
At 7:09 PM, Blogger Dawn - Pink Chick said...

Awesome & Congrats!

 
At 8:04 PM, Blogger Cassie (TIGGS) said...

YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! way to go guys!

 
At 8:33 PM, Blogger Darrell said...

Woohoo for the PR. Good job. You always end up with an adventure!

 
At 8:57 PM, Blogger TriSaraTops said...

WOW!!! COngrats on the PR!! :)

 
At 9:11 PM, Blogger lainb said...

Yay! Great job...looking forward to pics!

 
At 9:16 PM, Blogger robtherunner said...

Not the ideal before race prep, but a PR is always a good thing. Nice work!

 
At 6:07 AM, Blogger Michele said...

Congrats on a great race!!
Thanks so much for the support, I REALLY needed it!!!! It was a tough race for me but it really does help to have poeple like you out there for me! Thanks!!

 
At 6:15 AM, Blogger David said...

Way to go. Overcoming adversity. A PR is sweeee-t! Tell us more after your nap.

 
At 6:42 PM, Blogger Cliff said...

Great race..sorry to hear about hte car probl :)...good PR :D

 
At 7:35 AM, Blogger Lana said...

Way to go!!! Very impressive to set a PR on that course!!!

I saw you guys at Mile 25...I yelled out "Rae and Brent" and you cheered, but I don't think you knew who I was...I had on an orange shirt...a little different than the one Michele had. Thanks for coming out and cheering for us!!!

 
At 8:10 PM, Blogger angie's pink fuzzy said...

YAY on the PRs!!!!!!!

 
At 6:26 PM, Blogger Kim said...

You are getting fast girl!
Congrats.

 

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