I arose at 5:00 this morning knowing that I had no information from the web on how to get to the race site. That information was locked away behind the bad WiFI connection of the Econolodge Dalhart. And using the wireless on my phone was a no go because it was worse.
My GPS worked. So I followed those instructions. I was out the door in plenty of time ot get to the race, 6:20. The start was scheduled for 7:30 and I still had to pick up my bib and packet. They give you the medal first then add device for each state. (And it's looked in the trunk and I don't feel like retrieving it right now to send you a picture so ... tomorrow when I have both the Texas and Oklahoma devices.)
It was cold and the rest of the week is goin to be cold too. I did bring my kilt and I wore that today. My three Under Armour cold gears are for the rest of the week and a warm up suit for Friday.
So off I drive following the GPS and it turns me onto a narrow dirt road. The farther I went the more I thought I was going to never find my way out. This couldn't be it.
So back to the highway. Hey! Lake Road! That sounds familiar. But it was all residential. Back out to the highway. I passed a ball field (XIT Rangers) and XIT Communications and XIT Rodeo and Reunion
. Something about XIT going on here (It was the original ranch).
Finally I called the Host Hotel. They gave me directions but I was losing hope. There's a cop! Flash my lights. "Sure, I can take you there!" It was past the XIT Rangers, XIT Communication, XIT Rodeo, down Lake Road past the houses and Boom! there you were.
I never did see a sign, but I was promised it was there.
I got my bib and felt my hands start to burn from the cold. Right through my gloves. The thermometer said it was only about 35ºF but it felt colder. There were maybe 100 of us. Finally the race director said "OK. Meet me over at the fence gate over there and when I take off on my bike, you follow me. Two laps around the lake for half marathoners, four for fulls." It doesn't get any simpler.
Run that a way fast.
But the tables had coffee and fruit and carb products. And there was a water station at mile 3.5 and one at the start/end. It was simple and simple organized.
I took no camera because it was cold and I couldn't hold it so no race pics. But all in all, not a bad little race. Not over-organized, nor sloppy. Just simple.
My performance? The air was cold, but I have run in colder. Yet for some reason my throat and lungs hurt. Maybe it was a function of how dry it is here. Or the 3900 feet of altitude, but that isn't so much. But the wind was also steady at about 15 mph. So I am satisfied with a 2:25. I wanted 1:59:59. Or 2:06:37, a PR. Oh well.
Tomorrow, Guymon, OK. I am here.
The next four I will take slowly. Run/walk. Walk/run/ Just walk. Not caring because I have a race on Sunday (6 in 7 days) in Corpus with Dr Dani. And I promised. And on these there is no time limit. I figure if I "phone it in" I can do 3:00 or so. Certainly 4:00.