Yikes. I didn’t really comprehend the magnitude of what I had gotten myself into.
Very intimidating. There were some seriously impressive bodies there. There were some craaazy bikes. There was a lot of gear that I have never seen before. I had no idea why people were walking around with headlamps on.
Then I tried to pee in a portajohn at 5:30 in the morning when it was pitch black out, and one reason for the headlamps became immediately crystal clear.
I had an extra, smaller sticker in my packet with my number on it. I had no idea what I was supposed to do with it, so I asked the woman next to me who was setting up her fancy gear.
“Um, it goes on your helmet?” she replied.
What I heard was, “Are you a fucking idiot?”
Whatever, she was a novice once too. I guess she just forgot.
But being clueless and inexperienced does have its advantages. I definitely felt intimidated, but there was also absolutely no pressure on me. Just being there was a major accomplishment. And because I was clueless, I wasn’t even aware of most of the things I should have been worried about.
And in the bike I got yelled at because “YOU’RE SUPPOSED TO BE IN SINGLE FILE!”
I told you those guys are psychos. Pshycolists.
I was afraid I was going to have to walk rather than run. Or that I wouldn’t even be able to finish, but I ran the whole way.
It took me 3 hours and 23 minutes. Not fast, but still a best time.
I did it.
And it feels reeeeaallly good.
Well, let me clarify. My outsides feel like shit today. But my insides feel pretty freakin amazing 😉
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