I was curious if I'd see any familiar faces at the race. I did. I saw the Pretzel City duo of Ron and Helene. "Nice to see you!" said Helene. I laughed and said, "Yeah! All of me, right?!" I returned to my car to drop off my race goodies and my clothes.
|The race T. Probably will wear this out often.|
Race time rolled around and Ron gathered us up for a typical PCS race course preview and we were lined up to race off. I saw a few fast looking racers so I claimed a spot in the 2nd row. Oddly, everyone gives each other a lot more breathing room in area behind the starting line, respecting each other's ultra-personal space.
Wearing only my Garmin, socks and my New Balance 810's, I chased the first 5 or 6 runners through the first half mile of the course before we split off onto trails. Much of it flat or downhill, I slowed myself seeing I was working on a 6-minute first mile, FAR faster than I'd expected or wanted. Staying close to the lead pack, I drifted back so I could survive any climbs and the last few miles.
|Splits and map of the course|
|Strava's race analysis. Mile 3 was rough.|
|Strategically placed Garmin to remain family-friendly|
|Some resident's sweet little golf cart for zipping around the resort.|
Sunny Rest Resort has a pool area which seems like the main hub of the camp. A large pool, dominated by a pretty intense water volleyball game was going on, a beach volleyball court was next to the pool, a large hot tub off in the corner and a large bar opposite a night club and restaurant. I rewarded myself with a beer and waited for the awards while a live band tuned up. The place was pretty fun. I really wish I'd placed because the trophy is pretty sweet. Next year...
|I'm sticking around for karaoke next time|