|Mary got a cool photo of Bret Michaels|
Rather, it starts Friday when TRI714 picked me up and we headed down to the race expo to pick up our race numbers. Craig is also a member of OC Velo, so it was nice to get a chance to hang out with him lycra free. Craig ran the half marathon. After the race he told me he had some trouble with blistering and thus finished a little slower than he had hoped. But I guarantee he finished with his head up high, because that's the kind of guy he is. Good job, Craig.
Saturday I went back to the expo, this time to meet up with Racing Dawn and Chris K. I'd never met Dawn, online or otherwise, until yesterday. Dawn's got a cool story - she's been running a marathon a month, and had flown in from Salt Lake City with her husband to bag another one. She finished in 4:25...how awesome is that?
After coming off an injury, Chris K chose Surf City to qualify for Boston. After 18 weeks of hard training, he did just that with a time of 3:29. Legend status has been achieved. I actually think the hardest part for him will be thinking of a new blog name. Maybe we can help out - www.bobsgymhoneys.com is available. Shall we take up a collection so we can buy the URL for him?
But the coolest part of the story? It was all the tweets, blog comments, and Facebook wall posts I got after the race. Many of you where following my progress online. I didn't expect this. But picking up my Iphone to see tons of congratulatory messages BEFORE I even posted anything was simply awesome. Thank you.
As far as my race went, I'm very happy with it. I play-listed two hours worth of Social Distortion on my Ipod. My bib number allowed me to line up just behind the elites so I started with the gun. And then I enjoyed every second of the race. I'd been publicly saying I wanted to come in under 1:45, but privately I was gunning for a sub 1:40 finish. So when I saw that the 1:40 pacer was just ahead of me around mile nine, I dug just a little deeper, passed him and maintained the pace to the finish. Final time - 1:39:14.
What a great weekend.