First- It starts at midnight.
Second- You run 10 loops around a 5k course
Third- The spectators are even more crazy than the runners!
I was so lucky to have two of my close friends, Lesley and Karen running with me. Lesley is a 50k veteran, but it was her first time at El Scorcho. Karen was a 50k first-timer, but did the El Scorcho 25k last year. As for me, it was my first time for both. So, I was lucky to have them because they at least knew what the heck they were doing.
As always, my wonderful mom came out to support me. I am the luckiest. Seriously. I made sure that she was set-up with the comfiest, reclining camping chair we had, a little side table and about all of the treats you could imagine. I even bought her a couple of trash magazines so she could catch me up on the latest on Tom & Katie and what's really going on behind the scenes of the Bachelor. Emily is trying to hook up with Roberto? What?
Ok. Enough of that. Back to the race. I handed out my Aquaphor samples to a lot of very happy people. Holy moly! Ultra runners love Aquaphor! And there's a good reason. With the distance, the heat and humidity, we were all using it in just about every place imaginable. Feet, arms, thighs, around the sports bra, here.. there.. everywhere. I even met up with Danielle from Team Marathon Bars- one of my Active Ambassadors teammates.
So, now that everyone is properly lubed up, the countdown begins and we are off. The weather was perfect. Mid 70's with a slight breeze. The humidity was high, but I really was expecting worse conditions. I couldn't have asked for better. I tried to take a picture of the very scenic Downtown Fort Worth skyline that we passed by 10x, but this was the best that I could get.
The course is pretty flat with one small hill. No problem on the first couple laps, but when you realize you're going to hit it 10x, then it starts not being a "small" hill anymore. There are parts of the course that are pretty dark. Most likely because it was a New Moon out.. and no, it wasn't Twilight, although a little Team Edward/ Jacob interaction would have been a big bonus. Speaking of hallucinations, let me bring you up to speed on the title of this blog.
|Best. Sign. Ever.|
Ho's- So, we're on our second lap and going through a grassy section and this girl yells out "Watch out for the Ho".. which in fact she said "Hole", but it was too late and I already stumbled into it before realizing what she said. Then Karen started laughing and said, I though she said "Ho" and I busted up saying I did too... so the rest of the night we would yell out warnings of "Ho's up ahead". Funny now? Maybe not so much, but when you're delirious at 3am in the morning, running.. it's freakin' hysterical.
Escaped Convict- On our last loop, after Loop 8, Karen and I mutually agreed it was time for music. Not that we didn't enjoy talking to eachother, but it was time for some Eminem to tell me to never give up and keep trying and all that motivational stuff to pound out the pain that I was feeling in my quads and my feet. So, last loop.. we have just come out of the dark woods part, when we pass a guy in an orange prison jumpsuit. No joke. Karen does this slow turnaround with a big "WTF" look on her face and I just motion for her to keep running. I catch up to her and we start contemplating what we should do. Mind you at this point, neither of us could do simple math or even say the word, 'contemplating', but there wasn't much we could do. I definitely wasn't going to stop and ask if he needed directions back to the jail.
Turns out he was one of the spectators who was dressing up in costumes and had one too many Jello-O shots (See! I told you that the spectators were the freakin' best!) Apparently he went to find a bathroom, passed out on a picnic table and then got lost! It was the big mystery on the El Scorcho Facebook page. Crazy!
So, overall, it was a good race and a great experience for my first 50k. Other than my quads and my feet being sore, I felt fine. The second to last loop was probably my worst lap in terms of how I was feeling and there is definitely room for future improvement. Oh yes, as much as I wasn't ready to admit that after we finished the race... there will be more. Just like I said I was "one and done" with Ironman. Bwhahahah.. whatever. I can't even believe myself. This endurance lifestyle is just too addictive.
One thing I do have to work on is fueling. Despite having every snack imaginable at my mom's "aid station" I had a total of 2 Gu's, 34oz of Gatorade and about 2x that in water. That's it. And, I wasn't even hungry after the race. I just can't eat while racing anymore and it's going to be a problem at some point. I mean, there are people that have 20 Gu's strapped to them for a 5k. Okay, that's probably overkill, but I'm sure my body would appreciate a little more subsistence while running that far. Then again, I only had 1 Gu for the entire marathon portion of Ironman Texas. Honestly, I should weigh 30lbs less- so not fair.
Now back to Ironman training for me! 53 more days until REV3 Cedar Point!
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I put this together when I started triathlons. I finished my first sprint and I had dreams. Big dreams. Many of which I thought were crazy dreams. There are still ones on there that I shake my head and don't know if I'll be able to accomplish them, but they're there. Reminding me to think beyond my limits.
I don't have dates of when I'll attempt each one, but I keep adding to this list. When the time is right to go after that goal, I'll know. I keep it taped up in my office. I was able to update it today after finishing my first 50k on Sunday. I promise to get a Race Report up soon. It was entertaining to say the least.
Anway, the dates below the event are the first time I accomplished that distance. Number in parenthesis= how many times. Non-highlighted are on my To-do list! ;)
Now go make your own list and go after those dreams!
5:36 PM | | 4 Comments
I'm excited to share event videos from two of the Try the Tri Series races that I am the Assistant Race Director for in Decatur, Texas.
The Try the Tri Series races are geared towards beginner triathletes looking to get started in the sport. Our sprint-distance races are limited to 100 participants per race, so that athletes don’t feel lost in the crowd and are staffed with race volunteers to help you figure out where to go and what to do.
We welcome athletes of every body type, age, and fitness level, so no matter where you are at in your fitness level – everyone fits in!
Whether your goals are to just finish the race, set a new personal record or win your age group – we’re here to cheer you on and support you!
RACE REPORT: Here's a Race Report on the Texas Girl Tri from fellow blogger, ThatPinkGirl.
2012 Hooty's Kids Triathlon
2012 Texas Girl Sprint Triathlon
Here's the video for the 2011 Try the Tri Event
This year's event is almost SOLD OUT! So, if you're interested in participating, sign up here!
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Thank you to everyone who commented, blogged and tweeted about this giveaway! Your excitement no doubt showed Chrissie Wellington how excited we all are to read her new book.
Thank you again to Center Street Publishing for this opportunity. It is much appreciated!
Using the Random Number Generator on Random.org...
And the 18th comment was..... Jen Small from Miles, Muscles & Mommyhood! Congratulations Jen!! :)
10:33 PM | | 4 Comments
The awesome web publicist at Center Street has graciously offered me the opportunity to give away a free copy of Chrissie Wellington's new book, A Life Without Limits: A World Champion's Journey.
Here's how you can enter to win. (Required Entry must be completed before any additional entries can be made.)
- Follow this blog (or tell me you're already a follower)
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You can read my book review, here.
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P.S. You're very welcome, Ms. Wellington!
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Chrissie Wellington's autobiography, A Life Without Limits, A World Champion's Journey, is not one of them.
This book is much more than that.
It chronicles a woman that is so full of adventure, carefree living and the audacity to follow her heart rather than mainstream life, that the outcome ultimately developed her into one of the greatest athletes that the sport of triathlon has ever known.
The story is open and honest to the point where a reader could get lost in that you feel you are being told the story first-hand, instead of reading the pages. It was a quick read as there was hardly a place that I wanted to stop. I read the majority of my copy on the bike trainer as I found it hard to read a story about such an accomplished athlete while lounging with my feet propped up on the couch.
her insatiable appetite to be the very best athlete that she could become.
Endurance athletes, in particular, will be able to identify with her tenacity and hopefully appreciate the valuable lesson that success is not dependent on having the most advanced equipment or gathering heaps of data, but rather the hard work that you put into yourself and inner strength will prove to be the determining factor on race day.
What Ms. Wellington has been able to achieve in this sport is truly amazing. This book is inspiring, not just to athletes, but to anyone who has ever desired to live a more adventurous life. I dove into this book eager to learn more about what life was like as an Ironman champion and I finished it realizing that the best for her is yet to come.
Ms. Wellington is one of them.
She has been a fierce, but cordial competitor, has graciously given back to many charities and has been an overall outstanding ambassador for the sport of triathlon- which makes me proud to be part of it.
Disclaimer: The book, A Life Without Limits, was provided to me free of charge by the publicist at Center Street. Being chosen to receive the book was an unsolicited (you can read how I was selected, here) and I was not paid for this review. The review made here is my personal opinion and I am by no means a professional book reviewer.
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