>> Tuesday, April 27, 2010
My last post was my official race report, so scroll down or click here to check that out. This post is about the fun we had with our blogger / triathlon buddies before and after the race. Enjoy!
Pharmie and I were welcomed into Wisconsin on our drive out there on Friday afternoon:
That's WI for ya. ;)
Then I hopped on Rural Girl's bike and did laps around the basement:
To see the video of this, click here
Pharmie and Robby (and Priscilla)
We're more fun than we all look in this photo
Robby and Stu ready for some sleep
Robby, Stu, and Rural Girl
Me, Pharmie, Stu, Robby, and Rural Girl
This is where we headed to the race. I posted about this yesterday. Click here to read my race report and see photos of us all running. I won't repeat that story here.
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There are a few more things from the race that I'd like to mention:
- Pharmie joked with me just before the start. She told me "Just make sure to beat Justin Bieber, OK?..." There was this 13 year old kid (with shaggy hair like Ms. Bieber) who was lining up for the race. That kid actually finished 11th overall with a time of 1:38!!! Holy crap! Nice work kid!
- When running in a race that your not familiar with, usually 1 of 2 things happen. 1: You don't know where the finish line is, and you feel like it's MILES away, so you slow up and feel depressed. Or 2: You don't know where the finish line is, and you feel like it's not that far up the road, so you keep pushing it hard. This race felt like #2. (No potty jokes, please.) The trail kept gently curving, so I could never see THAT far up the road, so I never thought "oh crap - the next turn is a LONG ways away!" The course helped keep me going strong from mile 7 on.
- That "slow mile" (or "long mile") at mile 11 REALLY came at the right time. At that point, I only had 2 miles left. So seeing my slowest mile appear at mile 11 really helped me push it even harder for those last 2 miles.
- There was an unpleasant "first" that happened at this race: my butt crack was rubbed a little raw. That hasn't happened to me before. It didn't happen on the outside of the cheeks where my shorts rub them. But it didn't happen real "deep" either. It's somewhere right in the middle. It was due to some "cheek-on-cheek" action. Apparently, my non-existant ass can really jiggle! It still hurts to wipe.
- And finally, I want to thank Kevin (the winner) once more. I could NOT have turned in such a great PR if he weren't out there "pulling" me. If he weren't there, I would have been a few minutes slower. Had there been 20 of him there, I would have let them all go, thinking "oh, they're all just better than me." But because there was that 1 faster guy at the race, I always wanted to keep him in my sights. THANKS KEVIN!!
Here are our results from the race:
(Kevin's winning time is 1:21:44)
As I was walking back to the race after getting my clothes out of the van, I came across some more Wisconsin humor:
Notice the wet hoodie - it had really started raining
"Woodville. Population: Stu."
That's a real exit off I94. Wisconsonites - who knew? ;)
Pharmie's blister and hot-spot
My sorest foot
My not-as-sore foot
People standing around trying to stay dry / warm
Walking back with my medal
With my AG medal before heading out of WI
Yes, I'm peeing as I took this photo
Stu, Robby B, and Rural Girl: it was great hanging out with you this weekend! Thanks for a fun race! And thanks for reading everyone!
p.s. I ripped on WI pretty good in this post. I have nothing against WI. I actually quite love that state. But being from MN, it's my job to make fun of WI and Iowa whenever possible. Now it's Iowa's turn: Q: What do you call a bunch of tractors parked in front of a McDonald’s on Friday night in Iowa? A: Prom.