With my friends' help, I brought my team $1827, and Team Townies leads at $4227. All told, RelayForRachael has netted $12399 at this time.
Race report below.
We did a fantastic job with the fund-raising, planning together, eating together, and logging some impressive times. We finished in around 3hrs 15 minutes.
Our team ended up 1st out of 3:)
That means we get free shoes, read on...
Up at 3:50am.
Compression tights on. Make oatmeal. Grab gear. Drive to busing lot far away from race location.
Fill up thermos with coffee that's being given free at the busing location. SMART. Get on bus.
Attempt to sleep sitting up, attempt to sleep laying on seat, attempt sleep between seats. Repeat attempts, variation on a theme.
5:30am? Arrive at relay transition area, start of leg 2.
It was cold on the bus, but colder outside. I tried to sleep on my back with my legs crossed up against the wall but that didn't work well. I had very warm clothes, a Patagonia DAS Parka and some NanoPuff pants. Other people had thin warmups and I think they regretted that.
6:15am. Drink about 10oz of coffee. Inspire jealousy. Hide the coffee. Drink more water, down a half-dose of Hammer Gel.
6:30am. Drink more water. Down a full dose of Hammer Gel. Latte flavor.
Get off the bus and do 5 minutes of slow jogging. Do some dynamic stretching: leg swings side to side and front back.
6:45am. MARATHON STARTS at leg 1. Now I wait.
I was in very warm clothes, vs some people in shorts and short sleeves, who were shivering bitterly. I continued to pace and bounce just a little, but not intensely. I was warmed up from my jogging and dynamic stretching.
7:30AM and 22 seconds. HANDOFF FROM KAREN COMMONS!!
Mile 1 - 7:37 min, 159 avg heart rate (bpm), 23ft elevation gain, 24ft loss
Mile 2 - 7:41 min, 168bpm, 72 ft gain
Mile 3 - 7:23 min, 172bpm, 34 gain, 86 loss
Mile 4 - 7:56 min, 174bpm, 115 gain
Mile 5 (.95mi) - 6:14 min, 6:33 pace!, 179bpm, 188 elevation loss
4.95 miles, 7:26 min mile pace, way faster than expected, 170bpm avg.
This was rolling terrain, and I was pushing low grade elevation gains, until the last .95 mile split - then it was pretty much down hill and I got to run really fast.
8:06am and 53 seconds: HANDOFF TO RYAN COMMONS!!
I hear he ran a 6:35ish pace over 6.8 miles with ridiculous uphill on the third leg, the Hurricane Point leg. That's legendary and we're lucky to have him on the team. THEN, he ran the rest of the race in, 17 miles total. WHAT a badass.
I got fitted for new shoes with my teammates, and then went for a good ride with Jeff Hurd and Gabe Rosen, my most generous sponsor! We rode about 12 miles of HOWLING single-track out at Ft Ord, though I must say it was more of a recovery pace on the uphill for me. TONS of fun!