Somewhere in Europe or in transit today are several exhausted American runners, team managers and their crew. Tired and pleased and sore. We did what we set out to do: we are bringing home a Men’s Gold Medal and a Women’s Silver Medal. Yes!
|Tools of the trade by trial and error! (Adventure= "that which has an unknown outcome!"|
|Got a Great deal on this place, booking 12 hours before my arrival|
|Bike parking outside the main building of the complex|
|Previewing the course and getting kinda wet!|
|Filling and labeling bottles|
|Mac and Nathan chillin' before the Parade|
|Chicken, potatoes, veggies and a bit of wine for pre-race meal|
Saturday, September 10: The RACE!
|Devon, Meghan and Amy (hidden by Meghan)|
|Pam and I finishing up lap 2|
|Teams had 2 support stations on the course, each 5km|
Run through sprinklers, cool with sponges.
Pretend everything was down hill. I kept on feeling good until about 2km into lap #8 before the “poops” started. 2 porta pottie stops and one side of the path stop all in the next 1.5km. I was scared my race was over.
I almost cried. Really? Top 10 at my 1st 100km World Championships? O-M-G! I felt wobbly, yet no way was I going to be passed at this point. Made a quick stop with 1.5km to go to pour some cola down and kept it up. My last few laps were slower, yet the finish line approached I heard Meghan Arbogast being announced as she crossed, 2 minutes later, Denmark cheering for Gloria who was just behind me. She and I had swapped positions 6-7 times during the last laps. I would not be passed again and sprinted for the line, clocking 7:49:59 a PR by :10:24…and in what I learned was 6th place. So-very exciting!
|USA Women at awards ceremony illuminated by a projection of the American Flag|