Tuesday, May 13, 2014

#RagnarCapeCod Part 1

The bags have been unpacked...funky laundry has been washed (and rewashed)...sleep has almost been caught up on...and memories are still fresh in the brain.  Sounds like a great time to attempt to recap one of the most unique and awesome races I've ever run!  I figured I'd break it into three parts...a before, during, and after!  Today is the before.

In true style of a busy working mom, I had little to no time to pack until the night before!  Yikes!  I made a quick stop with Em after school to Bayside Runner to pick up some last minute essentials...
Em even grabbed a honey stinger waffle which she is now convinced makes her faster than a car!  A reflector vest, some fuel, and a blinking light later and we were home to wait for Jill who was coming to stay!

After some dinner and laughs the ladies were tucked into bed and I was faced with getting all of this...
into this awesome Apera Bag!  I have posted about these bags before but seriously this thing is amazing!!  I fit all of this stuff PLUS my shoes no problem!  Even better was that it was still comfortable to carry around all packed up.  The straps didn't dig into my shoulders or anything! 
The next morning I was up before the ladies to get in a shower and some quiet time (in hindsight perhaps I should have slept in considering I had 18 hours before my first leg!).  In no time the girls and hubs were out the door and Jill and I were ready for our teammate Kyle and his awesome mom to pick us up!
Kyle dropped us off with our other Van2 teammates and it was so awesome getting to meet them!  Lisa and Betsy had come to the Cape from Tennessee and Beth and Brian were here from Arkansas.  I have been a longtime reader of Lisa's blog and have gotten to know Beth through hers as well so I was really excited to meet them as well as Betsy and Brian who I've exchanged many emails with!  After some time and some collecting of supplies it was time to decorate the van (to the strange looks of many #swaggering folks around us!) and head to our first exchange in Duxbury.
One of the things we decorated our van with were these hilarious frogs...considering that I was already getting punchy, I decided to act out the poses...yeah too much caffeine already! These frogs became what we tagged other vans with later in the race!
Up next....DURING Duxbury and beyond!!

11 comments:

  1. SO FUN! I have done one ultra relay before and it was a blast!

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  2. haha lover this. I can't believe you omitted your classic frog jump with your hilarious face.

    So glad to have met and shared a van with you!

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  3. So cute!!!! I loved your van's decorations!!!

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  4. You're hilarious! Loved those frogs, SUCH a good call! Best "tag" of the weekend, in my humble, not at all biased, opinion ;)

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  5. I can't wait for my relay this summer! So much fun and I LOVED the frogs.

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    1. You're going to have a blast...don't forget the ziplock bags though!

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  6. Did you take a pic of all your stuff in your backpack? I have that one in black and my small duffel I brought for last years Ragnar Napa broke so I'm trying to figure out which bag to bring now!

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    1. This all went in the one Apera bag. I brought another bag with a blanket and pillow but the Apera bag held 99% of my stuff, sneakers included!

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  7. Looks like it was lots of fun.

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  8. Those frogs rocked! Such a good selection :)

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  9. Soooooo excited you and Kyle rocked your Cape Cod Runner shirts!!!! XO

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