Thursday, September 27, 2012
Sunday, September 23, 2012
We all have our last legs to run as we struggle to reach the beach, each is bittersweet, an end to the physical challenge yet one step closer to saying goodbye for another year. There is however no sweeter leg than the one that takes the team across the finish line and crystallizes the incredible effort and energy, spirit and humor, dedication and determination, laughter and comradarie that makes us the Rosie Ruiz Fan Club. Thank you Christian for being part of the team and taking us through another bittersweet ending!
Wednesday, September 19, 2012
Wow, I did not realized that Chris is now officially an "RTB 1000 Mile Club member" Congrats!
What a great relay you all had and under perfect weather conditions too. Reading these posts make me feel even more sorry to have missed this year's relay.
BTW, the video is terrific! Great pictures too!
I am glad to hear that the "mooood" rings helped to identify our runners this year! So, did Joe used the rings? :)
Karin, yes...Rosie Ruiz Fan Club guys are the cutest!!
Missing you all,
Nancy aka the butterfly runner.
Tuesday, September 18, 2012
Monday, September 17, 2012
From front left to right: Lisa, Karin, Taylor, Judson, Bruce and yours truly Matt.
At the time this picture was taken most of our orders had yet to arrive. But let me tell you this about mine, next year I have to remember to avoid eating a salad during mealtime even if it does come with the pasta! Ugh! Never again. Here is some free pre-race fueling advice: Do not eat things that can potentially be turned into a high fiber bar with sufficient processing. Now that is all I have to say on this topic.
Sunday, September 16, 2012
And to my vanmates on the Orange Line: thanks for making the 28 hours of Reach the Beach the most densely packed hours of my year, in terms of smiles and laughs per minute. Being with you all makes even the pain of running when running is the very last thing you want to be doing acceptable. Hell, more than acceptable--downright fun. You make me want to be a better man. (Okay, that last bit's not really true, but you DO make me want to be a faster runner--and a better friend.) Thanks for another great
Another big problem with showing up late is the little issue of how a van that is about to get off the course for say sleep and/or food feels about just hanging around for their relief van to show up. That has nearly happened several times. I can tell you right now when there is even a hint this will happen the on course van starts issuing threats that one very well suspects they will make good on when the tardy half of the team finally does show up.
So if the goal is to maximize sleeping time (and let me tell you that is a major goal in this race) and not show up late for the next vehicle transition (assuming you are sleeping to keep on living) then you better keep track of when you are likely to appear at the transition area. You think this is easy? Try it. People for some reason insist on running at all sorts of unexpected paces finishing their legs in various unexpected times. No, this does not just cancel in the end. Guesses based on what people have told you is likely can lead you to show up at a transition up to an hour early or late. Now if you do not mind reducing your two hour window in which to catch a nap to say one hour and heading down to the transition area early for what may then be a two hour wait, why this not keeping track is a spectacular idea! Let me know how it goes. I am outta here . . .
Therefore, every year, I predict 9:00s and turn in 7:45-8:30s. Sorry about the spreadsheet, Matt.
By the way, info for the 3 people who read this even though they aren't on the team themselves: We use predicted paces to calculate when we can expect to be at transitions, how much we'll get to sleep, and when we'll be at the finish line. The reason we care about getting them exactly (vs. roughly) right is so that we don't incur the wrath of Matt, who really cares about it. We make (gentle) fun of him for it but without Matt's Col. Klink, the POWs would be running the show. We'd be lucky to make it past the opening night beer tent.
Saturday, September 15, 2012
As for me,, I am glad to be done with my legs. But sad it will be a year before I can do this race again. Man I must need help. A race with little sleep over 30 hours in whatever weather shows up. Who would do that let alone WANT to do that? It seems a whole lot of people judging from the number of vans out here hauling their teams along.
Last but in this race never least, the weather. On that front (yes pun intended!) the Green Line really lucked out. Just after we started the clouds dissipated, the sun came out and brought along ideal running conditions.
After two whole hours of sleep it was up and out to meet the Orange Line at the next vehicle transition area or VTA in relay parlance. If the sand baggers in the Orange Line do not do more damage to our estimated times of arrival we should get in with about 15 minutes to "spare." Ha! Once there we need to park, a long process with hundreds of 15 person vans jockeying for position and then walk a quarter mile to where the runners transition.
Oh about that apocalypse. It rained last night. The rain every race streak lives on!
Friday, September 14, 2012
It is the warmest, most beautiful start day we've had. We are noticing all kinds of beautiful scenic features that in all past years have been obscured by clouds and/or driving rain.
We are not up at the mountain yet. As of now we are still at the hotel where we camped out last night. Three rooms 12 people I think you get the idea.
My van stopped for dinner at the Woodstock Station. Us along with a boatload of other race teams! Needless to say all of the bigger tables were taken so we split into two tables of 4. We went there because it received 4 stars on Yelp and dinner was pretty good.
Once at the hotel I unveiled Nancy's surprise gift to the team. She discovered these light up glow rings. I think she may have found a way for us to finally identify our runners at night! Now Joe, he did not seem so psyched to wear a tween girl's party gift while running. But I think he was just grumpy from driving up and nearly getting a speeding ticket for his troubles. Fortunately, the cop seemed to conclude that a group heading up for a race like this must all be nitwits and who can expect nitwits to know local speed limits! So Joe got a warning! Let us hear it for nitwits in large groups doing silly things!
Thursday, September 13, 2012
To some degree I get to play team supply wagon. Yours truly has the Gatorade, water, power outlets for the Green Line (van 1 to the uninitiated). I am also in possession of a top secret equipment the team will be trying out for the first time this year. This too is thanks to Nancy who discovered it and ordered it for the team. This time from the whole team thank you Nancy! Well the rest of them will thank you once they see what it is!
Saturday, September 8, 2012
Thanks to our 2011 teammate Nancy we have some surprise equipment for this year's race! No doubt we will get lots of pictures showing it off. Now if you are on the 2012 team make sure you are all healthy for the race start so you can see what the surprise is!
Friday, August 31, 2012
This year Team Rosie has eleven veterans and one virgin. (See partial team photo below) We have assured the virgin that it might really hurt the first time, but that there is no possible way he will get pregnant. I had a good run today straight up the 500-foot hill I have started working into my usual run and I am ready! Two weeks from RIGHT NOW Van Two will be getting ready for its first legs and I will be practically crawling out of my skin with excitement. I cannot wait...
Look for our vans decked out in the "T" logo of the MBTA Subway system. And remember, why run when you can ride?