...get ready to be overwhelmed by pictures...
I anticipated that I would enjoy Ragnar Vegas more than Wasatch Back because I obviously know the area and know lots of people in the area...aka easier to fill my stomach with food and find good places to get a decent amount of sleep. I was so right!!
|Best. Team Name. Ever. (I might be biased...)|
These shirts were so cool, the awesome Nuun representative even asked to take a pic!
|Snow!! I love how the Vegas course started in snow and ended in near 80 degree temperatures!!|
Our start time was 7:15am. Fortunately, we arrived at the start line in time for a little photo shoot action.
|12 Excited RagNarwhals!|
(4 girls, 8 guys)
|I zeroed in on this mock ski lift, and we obviously needed a girls pic.|
|Have I mentioned that my daddy was on my team?!?!?!!! He's the best.|
Once Runner #1 and Van #1 took off (I was Runner #8 in Van #2), we displayed what gifted artists we are on Van #2 with the help of my trusty friend, window chalk. (In reality, it was more like a display of why most of us are lawyers and not artists...)
|I *love* being able to check off each leg that I've done.|
|It wasn't until much later that I realized that all the girls in the van went first and the boys went second.|
|Yes, I made a sweet Narwhal stencil to make the decorating easier, but I got pretty good at freehand drawing Narwhals by the end of the relay.|
After we finished our version of Pimp My Suburban, we headed back down the mountain to do breakfast in the most Vegas way possible....a buffet at a casino. Perfection.
Even though it seemed like no time had passed, it was suddenly time to head towards Exchange 6 so Van #2 could take the baton (slap bracelet) from the final runner in Van #1.
Van #2 seriously killed it on our first set of legs - we booked it. Around 4:15pm, we handed the reigns back to Van #1. We were pumped to have our first legs out of the way, pumped to get some food, and, at least I was, pumped to take a nap!
|It felt awesome to draw those check marks!|
The next major exchange was at Spring Mountain Ranch. The last runner in Van #1 had a serious 10 mile run that was pretty much 100% uphill for the first 7 miles. I did not envy him one little bit. I've ridden my bike up that 7 miles and it is tough! Nevertheless, he came into the exchange hard and amped and Van #2 was off for the second set of legs!
My second leg was refreshingly easy - 3.1 miles all slightly downhill. It was pitch dark, so we were required to wear reflective vests, headlamps, and a flashing red light on our backs. The 3 miles felt awesome and before I knew it, I was done and handing off to Runner #9.
After my 2nd leg, things kind of fade into a blurry haze of sleep deprivation. I think pretty much everyone in the van was feeling similarly.
|Ok, technically this photo is staged - but only because he woke up as I was getting my camera out and I had to ask him to put his head back down so I could take a pic|
|When we arrived, there were about a dozen people in the gym. Somehow, by the time we woke up, the gym was packed! I was so dead tired that I didn't wake up once to the noise!|
My 3rd leg was tough. It was 7.6 miles and the whole thing was uphill. And it was getting hot.
Amanda breezed through her leg and handed off to Noah who ran down towards Lake Mead and along the shore of Lake Mead until he handed off to my daddy.
|I'm just proud of this pic - it makes us look like serious relay runners.|
Just in case I haven't mentioned this about 700 times, our van was the bomb dot com (so much the bomb that I had to spell out "dot"). We were very good about taking pics, so the whole experience is well documented. Basically, I'm telling you to blame my super photogenic teammates if you're sick of the pictures.
|Ok, this photo was slightly staged. My dad was really running his last leg, but I was standing there on purpose and Kyle was across the path ready to take a picture of me cheering on my daddy in the background.|
We finished in approximately 29 hours and 45 minutes and I can honestly tell you that every single one of those nearly 1800 minutes was an absolute blast. We had a fantastic group of people that ran hard and cheered hard.
As much fun as it was, I was ready for some serious amounts of sleep. And, as if having some of the best 30 hours ever wasn't enough, I got two super sweet medals out of the deal!
Medal and bottle opener all in one? These are going to be the most functional medals I've ever received. Okay, okay....they might be the only functional medals I've ever received.
I got the larger medal for doing Ragnar Wasatch Back and Ragnar Las Vegas in the same calendar year. It is the "Saints & Sinners" medal. I especially love this because it has a bottle opener on both ends.
The sinners side is supposed to be used for "real beer."
The "Saints" end of the medal indicates that it is for "root beer."
I'll let you guess which end I'll use more =)
Have you ever done a Ragnar or any other Relay?
How was your weekend?