I was on the fence about this trip for a few reasons. One being the fact that I had never flown and I was a bit nervous. The travel plans were booked by Team in Training so that was easy.
I packed all of my things on Thursday and the flight left Friday morning. I was tired and nervous. We got to the airport in Orlando quite a bit early so our team just hung around until boarding. Although the plane looked large on the outside it looked very small inside. I sat by the window in the back of the plane and tried to settle my nerves. Once the plane took off I was ok. Well, until 30 minutes into the flight when the turbulence started. I kept calm but was getting sicker by the minute. 3 hours of turbulence didn't sit well with me at all. Thank goodness for barf bags. YUCK! We landed in Phoenix for a 1hr layover. I had some breakfast and bought dramamine for the second flight into San Diego. The second flight was much, much better!
We got into San Diego and the first thing I bought was a Venti carmel macchiato iced with soy. YUM!!! We checked into the hotel and once we were settled in we headed to dinner with the team.
Dinner Friday night was at a place called Dicks. The food wasn't the best but the entertainment was! Not only can you be rude to the server but it's welcomed and returned. Our server made hats for each of us with a range of sayings that were comical. Mine said "I miss my prison wife" lol! Michelle and I bought a pair of undies that say "I love dick" on the butt. We wore them over our jeans. Good times!!
Saturday was our fun day. Michelle, Holly and I headed out for a day on the town. Breakfast was amazing!! We ate at the Hash House a Go Go. The food portions were enough for 3 people! I had a roasted chicken hash with scrambled eggs, breakfast potatoes and asparagus.
After breakfast we headed down to the beautiful La Jolla Beach. The scenery was breathtaking! We took tons of pictures and walked down to the beach where the seals play. They stink really bad but where beautiful to watch.
After having enough of the seal stench (and Michelle stepping in some seal droppings) we decided to stroll though downtown La Jolla. It was an awesome day! Later that evening we went to the TNT inspirational dinner. Wow, what a tear jerker! The fundraising was hard but when you see the families it's helped it makes it all worth it and reminds you why you're here. Listening to a father tell his late daughter's story was amazing. This girl fought Leukemia 3 times and planned her own funeral at age 19.
Sunday was race day! I was up at 3:15, in the hotel lobby at 4am and then on the road to the race site for the 6:15am start. The weather was nice but a little chilly. I have to say that I LOVE San Diego weather!! The low was 60 and high was 70 with no humidity. Perfect race weather!! There were 40 corrals and each wave started 1:20 minutes apart. I was in corral 30 so about 48 minutes after the first corral, we were off. The first few miles I felt tired and my legs were heavy. Holly and I stayed together until mile 3 and Michelle went ahead around mile 2. After mile 3 my legs felt great! I was in the zone and feeling wonderful! About 4 miles in there was a pretty uncomfortable slope but once I got past that I was on auto pilot. I kept looking for Michelle ahead of my and looking for Holly behind me but for several miles I was hanging by my self.
Around mile 11.5 my lack of training caught up with me and the pace was dropping off. I pushed on the best I could and Michelle who ended up behind me, found me at mile 12. We stayed together for a bit and then met back up at the finish. I was surprised to find that I PRed at 2:35:06 and my legs felt good.
Michelle finished just behind me and we went back to the TNT tent to check in and wait for Holly.
After getting back to the hotel after the race we decided we would take on the San Diego zoo! The Zoo was beautiful but VERY hilly. I was glad we didn't have inclines like that on the course! That evening we had the victory party for TNT. It was nice but quiet. After the celebration we walked around the gas lamp district for a bit to pick up some last minute souvenirs and then headed back for some much needed sleep!
Monday was our last day in San Diego. Holly, Michelle and my self had breakfast at the hotel and then headed to the air port for our long journey to Charlotte, NC and then to Orlando. I guess I was so tired that once I got through security I walked off and left my luggage. LOL! To make things worse I thought I needed a coffee so I bought my favorite drink from Starbucks paid for it and walked off and left it. When we were boarding our plane I was chosen for the pat down. After my lovely feel up session I walked off and left my ID and boarding pass. For most of this trip I was either know as "the one" who yakked on the plane or, as Holly put, "the dumb one who makes her look smarter" LOL! In Charolette our plane ended up being delayed a few hours so instead of getting home at 10pm we got home at 2am Tuesday morning. It took me almost a week to get over the jet lag.
It was an amazing trip and I loved every bit of it! I know there is a lot that I am forgetting to write and there are a lot more pictures that I haven't yet uploaded.
As for my firsts
first time in San Diego
First time on the West Coast
first time being in an air port
first time taking a taxi