oh boy…this year’s edition of Need For Speed was a doozy.
Mother Nature was, well a mother f*cker today. It was hot as hell from the beginning. Everyone was struggling. Some were getting lost on the trails. But all Flyers were putting up a great fight.
However-out of 4 Flyer teams entered-only one was allowed to officially finish-and that was not the one I was on.
As we arrived at the exchange area for leg 8 to leg 9 (the final leg!)-we were told that due to “severe weather coming into the area”, that the relay had to be shut down, that anyone who started on leg 9 can continue to the finish…but for everyone else, they had to finish the leg they were on and call it a day.
So guess who on our team was supposed to run leg 9? Yep, me. Boy, was I not a happy camper.
At first, I just wanted to go to the end to support the one Flyer team that can finish-but halfway there, my teammates saw others still running and encouraged me to…so I did the last 3 miles of that leg. Nice and easy…it was hot, but I had Gatorade with me, ran conservative and felt fine. And was able to cross the finish line-albeit unofficially. (And I knew I could have done the full 5.7 if I was able to….)
At the “awards ceremony” (lord only knows how the placings were determined…)-they mentioned the real reason for stopping the race-it was the heat, there were way too many reports of dehydration. (which honestly-if they had just said so from the beginning, I would have understood…)
But thankfully-everyone-at least in the Flyer camp-was OK. That was the most important part…
Anyway, full report to come in the next day or 2. Need to rest now…