OK, so I'm on my butt for a 7am to midnight call center shift today, a beautiful Easter Sunday, during which I get consults from phone advice nurses. I could tell you sometimes funny, sometimes horrifying stories, about this part of my job, but I'd probably get in trouble. Then I would have no job and then no money to pay entry fees for ultra races.
I didn't sleep very well last night. I think it was the two Red Bulls I drank post race around 2pm yesterday. Or maybe it was the lasting high of totally surprising myself by winning this year's Rucky Chucky Roundabout 50k. I think this means I can say I was the green dinosaur, and not just to my kids.
I'M THE BIG GREEN DINOSAUR! ROWR!!!
In any case, around 10pm tonight I may feel much more exhausted and uncomfortable than I did yesterday while climbing that killer hill in the last miles of the race. Especially since I won't have the anticipation of finishing something momentous and the subsequent elation. I guess I'm getting paid to do this (and occasionally working on the blog in between calls), but really, it's beautiful out, my kids are home...
But the best thing about the race was that I didn't sacrifice a great family getaway trip. For the first time since last year's Tahoe Rim Trail races, I managed to combine running with family recreation. Thursday we stayed in Auburn, Friday we went up to Sugarbowl. By his request, my toddler went to ski school and did well enough to ride the Magic Carpet lift, while my wife and I took turns going down the bigger slopes while the other stayed with the baby. The only thing I missed was my son's first egg hunt on Saturday, the day of the race, but actually they got there too late and he was too busy petting the rabbits.
More trip and race details later!
Rucky Chucky Roundabout 50k 2008 Race Results
The above results page says "67 degrees." Hmm, sure felt hotter than that in the sun at the end. And I got done early.
Other bloggers that will probably post on this race, days before I get around to finishing my report, alphabetical order by last name. They will probably have better race photos anyways.
Peter Lubbers (gave me a ride from Auburn to Foresthill--thanks!)
Catherine Sullivan (volunteered at start/finish--thanks!)
If you've blogged or will blog about this race, please comment and I'll add a link to your blog.
1st published 3/23/08 at 3:45pm