Last Thursday Shannon and I set out for our wild west adventure and made our first stop from Charleston the Chicago airport. Where we saw these:
Yes, those are man legs. And no, I have NO idea what the hell those shoes are or why he's wearing them. It was odd, very odd.
While we were waiting we took a few pictures...clearly, I am not good at this.
Ok, this one's better. Our flight from Chicago to Denver ended up being re-routed up to Nebraska due to storms. Luckily we didn't have to land there, we just, uh, hovered. When we finally landed in Denver I learned that Alesha's flight had also been re-routed, but that they had landed (just to refuel) and she was in Amarillo! Luckily though once we got off the plane and wandered around looking for our ride, she texted to say she had landed in Denver. Whew!
We wandered around looking for Julie and Jennifer, who were picking us up in one of our rented vans. We finally found them and then Ryan...and then Alesha! We were on our way to pick up Dionne (aka Steve) at his place in downtown Denver. To make a long story short, we didn't end up making it to Fort Collins (and to the rest of our teammates who were already there) until after midnight Thursday night!
But we were up bright and early Friday morning and headed off to the start! Our start time was 7:50 AM...which we were to later learn was WAY too late.
Van #2 (our van!) loading up around 6 AM Friday morning.
The Dangerous Dozen ready to roll! Don't we all look so awake?
Alesha is ready to rock it!
Van #1! Courtesy of Jeri's mad van decorating skills!
10 chicks and 2....? (Continue on with that thought and you will get another team's actual name...better than Dangerous Dozen?!)
They interviewed Bobbi about our team before we started. Apparently our team motto was "Get it!" and we are all from 12 different states. Even though three of us were from Colorado, two from South Carolina, two from California...you get the idea :) Somehow word spread of this "Dangerous Dozen" for all over the US...we were famous!
Then our first runner, Melissa, was off! (She's in the blue shorts.)
Our team had 12 runners total. Each runner was responsible for running 3 legs of varying distances. There were 2 vans with 6 runners each, one van was the active van (meaning they were currently out running their 6 legs) while the other was an inactive van (meaning they were driving ahead to the next major exchange to wait on the active van to hand off the "baton" to their next runner). Once the active van passed off to the inactive van (i.e. runner #6 passed off to runner #7, or runner #12 passed off to #1) the inactive would now be active. Make sense?
Our start time of 7:50 was determined by our projected finish time. The faster the team was projected to finish, the later on Friday they would start. They had teams starting as early as 5 AM...which we would later come to learn that we should have started around then!
So here are the ladies of Van #2 waiting for Van #1 to finish up their first leg.
As Julie comes in, Cynthia leaves out! And Van #2 is on the move.
Cynthia is a ROCKSTAR! Our frist few legs were flat with some rolling hills...how beautiful is this scenery?
Unfortunately, our #8 runner Steve got injured on his first leg...so between Alesha, Jenn and I we ran the remainder of his legs.
When it came around to my turn, I was studying my leg map and realized that Jenn (who was out there running) had mistakenly ran my leg! I normally wouldn't have cared...but here was the leg I was supposed to run:
But I rocked it! Not sure of my time, but I think it was around a 10 to 10:30 minute mile. Not too bad for crazy hills and the elevation!
Stay tuned for Part II!