I spent a good part of this weekend helping out with the Rogue Women’s Triathlon. First a little about what this meant for running and then some words on the Tri and volunteers. Running, well, like I said in my last post Saturday was a brutal run for me. The high point of the day was when Austin Energy turned my electricity back on after the meter mix-up. I was just wiped out though. I thought I would get a run in Sunday and Monday but with the Tri and the recovery needed from Saturday I think I’ll aim to get 70 miles in between Tuesday and Saturday.
The women’s tri was put on really well and I’m amazed at the amount of work that goes into a tri for 500 people. Now there were a lot of things different about this Tri like Mimosa’s for finishers and some great food … soft serve ice cream … need I say more. The other thing that was interesting was a number of volunteers were from Team in Training as part of trying to raise money as part of their commitment. I was helping with the run course and all the volunteers assigned were there to help their friend help raise money for her for the Nike Women’s Marathon in San Francisco. It was a great group of people, very conscientious, very responsible and cheerful given they were there at 6:00 am and some didn’t leave till 10:30. Wanted to thank all of them for their hard work and making the run course work so smoothly.
And as for Leilani, Ruth, Carolyn, Ron and Steve … I’m impressed with the effort it takes to put something like this on. I’m still trying to recover, I can’t get over how much I’ve had to sleep and hydrate today just to feel like I’m surviving. Actually, on the short drive back from New Braunfules to my place on East 5th I ended up stopping 25 minutes into the drive (only 15 minutes from home) and pulled into the parking lot of a Starbucks and took a 30 minute nap. I did get a chance to talk to a few of the people that participated as they were trying to get back into the transition area to pick up their gear and they all seemed to really enjoy the triathlon and especially the finishers medals/dog tags.