Paul Shustak, my phone rang tonight with a call from an even older friend named Colin Sears. I've known Colin since the late '80's - he was the drummer in one of my favorite bands from the old days, and then later we played in another band together for a few years.
Colin's now living up in Portland. Like I am with Paul, Colin and I are Facebook friends. Colin has been seriously running for about a year, with three 1/2 marathons under his belt. He must have noticed all my posts about training and racing triathlon, because the phone call basically went like this:
Colin: Hey Patrick, it's Colin...
Me: Hey Colin, how ya doing? What's been happening?
Colin: Same old stuff and I want to catch up. But first I wanted to ask you something real quick...
Me: Of course, shoot...
Colin: OK, I'm putting together a team for.....(Ian starts talking to me so I couldn't hear Colin)....race, which is.....need 12 people....relay....next August.
Me: I'm in.
Colin: Cool, this should be good.
Me: Yeah I'm stoked, thanks for thinking of me.
Colin: No problem, it made sense since I've been seeing all your stuff on Facebook. We'll have a lot of stuff to figure out.
Me: Totally....Hey Colin, what did I just commit to?
I turns out that what I had just committed to was being part of a potential 12 person team for the Hood To Coast relay race. The race, which is held every year in August, is a 36 leg/197 mile running race from Mount Hood to coastal Oregon. The race is apparently the biggest relay event in the world with 12,000 runners. Right now this is all I know. But, if you divide 197 by 36 you get 5.47. If you multiply 5.47 by 3, you get 16.42. And if all the legs are more or less equal in distance, this is how many miles I'll be responsible for running.
I say I am part of a "potential" team because Colin had to send in the application today and teams are chosen on a lottery basis. I'm not sure how the lottery works, but I'm assuming that within a few weeks I'll be getting the go/no-go call. If I get the "go" call I owe Colin $110.00.
Do you ever have those days when you wake up, blissfully ignorant to the existence of something, only to find out about that "something" during the day and then suddenly find yourself really enthralled? Well, I'm having one of those days. I got off the phone with Colin about an hour ago and now I'm sitting here really hoping we get in. And I'm not even sure who "we" is past Colin and I. Colin said something about a woman from Germany and some "crazy marathoners" from his work. Whatever, it's all cool to me.
So between this race and Ironman 70.3 Hawaii, next year could be shaping up to be an adventurous year. So far I've only traveled as far as San Diego to race. Now it looks like I'm taking my game on the road. There's something that I find exciting about that.