Monday, September 16, 2013
RTB-NH 2013: Goldilocks and the five bears
The fun started Thursday night. We all gathered at the team captain's house for pasta dinner and introductions. We talked about the plan for the next morning and put a few things in the vans then I went home to get the last little bit of sleep I would get for the next few days. I had set my alarm for 4:00am but I woke up at 3:30am. Got up, took a shower, drank some tea, and headed out the door to meet everyone at Nashua Police Dept. at 5:30am. We were on the road and off to the start area at Cannon Mountain by 6:00am.
Van 1 was off and running while Van 2 could relax and head to the first van transition area for breakfast. For the most part, our first few runs were downhill. It was raining really hard though and that made it pretty miserable. Someone must have been looking down and watching over me because when it came time for me to run the rain stopped just long enough for me to complete my 5.5 mile run. I felt really good. It was downhill or flat the entire time and I ran the fastest I have run in a LONG time. I averaged 8:50s. I went out way too fast though and ran the first mile at an 8:25 pace. I pulled back a little knowing I still had two more runs to do. I handed off to our last runner and the rain started up again as we headed to the first Van Transition to meet up with Van 2.
After dinner, it was still too nasty out to do anything fun so we just drove to the next Van Transition and waited for the other half of the team. Around 9pm we started our second legs. It was clear out finally, now that the sun was down, but it was actually perfect running weather, cool and in the 50s, a little humid, but not unbearable. Since I was #5, I didn't start my run until after midnight. It was the hardest of the 3 legs I had. 9 miles with two giant hills. The hills definitely sucked a lot out of me. I was doing great on the miles that were not so steep. I averaged 10:30s, but I wasn't consistantly running 10:30s. I did 9:30s on the downhills and 12:30s on the climbs.
Finally, Van 2 arrived and we only had a few more miles between us and hot showers and the beers on the beach. The sun was shinning and the temperatures were cool. It was absolutely beautiful out and the perfect day for a run. My last leg was relatively easy. Just one hill, a little over a mile then mostly downhill or rolling hills into the transistion area. 4 miles total and I averaged 9:30s feeling good and running strong. A little tired and my back was sore from sleeping on a bench seat, but overall I felt good.
After we all showered and changed into clean clothes, we were off to the beach to wait for Van 2 to finish. We got there and still had about 2 hours to kill. Had some food, hung out in the van, drank some beers, and waited. Eventually we got the text that Van 2 was getting close and we went to the finish area to meet them. 31 hours after we started the journey, we all crossed the finish line together - We Reached the Beach!