|Pam helping a runner with a bum knee.|
|Pam being her cute self.|
|Ralph coming into Negro Bar|
|Ralph at Beals Point|
Now it was time for Denise and I to join him and help him get through the last 23.5 miles, and this is also where you move from paved bike trails to awesome dirt!
I had so much fun being a pacer. I discovered that when you take the focus off of yourself and focus on the main goal of getting your racer to the finish you don't think about what is hurting you.
So having said that, while we were out there climbing hills and rocks and trying to keep Ralph's spirits up, I would jump in puddles, slosh through mud, all the while pretending to be an aiplane as we'd go down hills (this was to get him to run the downhills, didn't always work, but I had fun trying).
Apparently we were having so much fun out there that we could be heard throughout the canyon area! I always say if you're not laughing out there, you're crying! Since I prefer to laugh than to cry, I will do whatever I can to keep the mood fun!
Along the way, there are motivational signs, and at one point, Ralph got tired of them. Here he is letting us know what he thinks about this one - LOL
This might have been around 40+ miles into this race! Can you blame a guy?
When you come off the single track, you come upon Last Gasp, which is 3.5 miles UP to the finish. This is the hardest part. By this point, there is no running, it's all walking. But also at this point you know you've only got 3.5 miles more to go. WOW.
The signs start to show up. 3 miles to go, 2 miles to go, then 1 mile to go.
|Denise, Ralph, and me|
His official finish time was 11:59. We were hoping for sub 12 and we did it.
After, we enjoyed a beer and a dip in the canal to sooth the legs (the water was ice - bbbrrr)
Where did we get the beer? Well along the way Lisa was there as well, although, she traveled the distance by car and had an ice chest full of beer for us.
Lisa you ROCK