I trudged up the nice steep hill that took us onto the road where the majority of our run would take place. Once again, the lovely race organizer was there calling out encouraging words.
I passed some people and got passed by some others. The course was on the shoulder of the highway with cars passing by. It was narrow but manageable...except when people decided to walk side by side and block the entire way.
There was water and Heed (a scrum-diddly-umptious sports drink) available at the water station. I grabbed a cup of "Heed",
and was sooooo disappointed to get water.
I was pretty warm and was grateful for those super-soaker moments.
The run itself was a gradual incline/decline for the most part, followed by a pretty significant uphill right before the finish chute (that was straight downhill).
On that last uphill there was one more (what I felt to be) poor race etiquette moment. Two young guys in their 20s overtook me, which would have been fine if they had each just passed me on the left. However, they ran on either side of me.
I yelled "So not cool!" but they of course completely ignored me. I quickly recovered though, as I saw Dr. Tim ready with a big high five!!
Ann Marie was right beside him, ready with her high five.
And then all the spectators lined up after her gave me high fives too!
It was the perfect way to get up that hill and coast down to the finish, where TriGuy was ready with the camera!
ChelanMan is by far my favourite race of the year. I get to travel, stay on a beautiful lake, and spend the weekend with some of my favourite peeps! Maybe next year I'll go for the Olympic Tri!
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