October 18, 2005

Relay Follow-up

Posted by Arcane Gazebo at October 18, 2005 12:57 PM

Here's the part where I explain some of the more cryptic statements in Sunday's posts.

improvised window

The Window: We rented two minivans on Friday to shuttle the runners around. Friday evening we loaded them up with various supplies. Sometime during Friday night, someone broke into Van 2 by smashing the front passenger side window, and stole Gatorade, Red Bull, and bananas. Fortunately they left most of our other supplies, so the biggest annoyance was driving around without a window, especially after sunset once it started to get cold. So we got some saran wrap from the restaurant where we ate dinner, and rigged the above window using the duct tape that we (of course) had on hand. This picture is from after crossing the Golden Gate, hence the big patch in the lower left corner where we repaired a hull breach.

Roadkill Tally: I meant to get a picture of this as well. It's apparently a meme among relayers to tally the number of teams passed on the side of the van as "roadkill". We ended up with about fifty I think (although we didn't place particularly high), of which I could claim a few by the end.

Leg 11: This was my first leg, which started out in residential Petaluma (very suburban), moved into commercial Petaluma, and then suddenly became cow pastures with all the associated aromas. This was the least interesting leg of the three I ran, and I didn't see any other runners except one guy who was way ahead of me. [map]

Leg 23: This was the nighttime leg, along Skyline Blvd near the intersection of highway 92 and I-280. The sky was clear and the full moon really beautiful; there was a lake or reservoir along the route that reflected the moonlight. Even better, the course was relatively short (3.7 miles) and had a nice downhill slope the whole way that made running very easy. [map]

Leg 35: I was dreading the hill at the start of my final leg, which rose 300 feet in one mile. What I didn't know was that I'd be running through a dry, dusty quarry under a hot sun. I took the baton (actually a wristband) simultaneously with another runner, who sprinted out ahead of me... for about 200 yards, until he hit the hill. At that point I passed him easily, then another guy, and the desire to maintain my lead kept me going up the slope. All that hill training in Berkeley paid off! After one mile the terrain changed into a really nice redwood forest, and after two it started sloping downhill into Santa Cruz. This was a really steep downhill, and at one point the distinction between running and falling was not terribly clear. I remained upright somehow and was rewarded with a great view of Santa Cruz and the ocean once I came out of the forest. [map]

UPDATE: I had the Leg 35 stuff here earlier but a typo in the HTML prevented it from showing up.

Tags: Photos, Running

The window looks classy. :)

Posted by: Mason | October 19, 2005 11:27 AM
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