a Bri Gaal's Blog: Patriots Half and Busch Gardens

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Patriots Half and Busch Gardens

Alysia and I had such a fun weekend! We seem to find endless things to talk about and laughed a lot. Such a great time. I know Marty was building forts for himself in the living room, not knowing what to do while I was gone all weekend, but girl time is a must.

We started off Friday afternoon heading to Williamsburg, Va, and proceeded to get slightly lost trying to find the race site (this was a theme of the weekend). Race morning came very early and I started my paparazzi and sherpa duties. I think I did a pretty good job on both fronts. Alysia had a great swim and bike – her bike time was solid even though she had to ride the last 6 miles pretty easy so as not to cramp too much. Onto the run, she got into a groove after the first mile and was closing in on 3rd place when I saw her at mile 7. It was nice to meet Crystal Pruitt and her friend Meagan and have some people to chat with while we cheered on the competitors. Crystal and I raced against each other earlier this year but I didn't get a chance to talk with her. Such a nice girl! I was like the worried mother hen during the race hoping everything was going okay for Alysia, and I got very worried at the end when she didn’t turn the last corner when I thought she would. Turns out a really bad hamstring cramp at mile 9.5 had her doing the shuffle for the rest of the run. Even so, she finished 5th overall and 1st in her age group – not bad for her first half!

The course seemed really nice (I did most of the run course while she was out on the bike) and she ended up winning some wine, a wine glass and and gift card – nice winnings for a smaller half! I like supporting the non M-Dot races.

Besides the cramping, she had one other obstacle to overcome on the run course. The week of when we were talking about the weekend and going through any last minute questions she had about the race, I tried to convince her to wear socks on the run. But she was pretty adamant that it wasn’t necessary. Not wanting to be pushy I didn’t want to say anything else, but on the drive up it was bothering me so I mentioned it again, but that still didn’t budge her. Well, several bad blisters and one bloody foot later, she told me after the race that she would do anything I told her to do before a race – even if I told her something ridiculous like “eat 10 hot dogs before the start” Ha!

Later that night, we went to Cheeburger Cheeburger where Alysia finished their ‘famous pounder’ without any problem. She flexed for the camera that took her picture for the wall of fame, and the cooks in the back couldn’t get over how ripped her arm was. We hit a local bar after that and did a couple of celebratory shots. It was a great way to end the evening.

Busch Gardens was fantastic. There weren’t any lines on any of the rides and we managed to ride each roller coaster twice (front row and back row) plus saw a show, and did most of the other little rides. We ate at the Festhaus for lunch where they were doing Oktoberfest celebrations and one of the dancers took a liking to us (after teasing me about eating a cookie monster cupcake – where are the kids? he asked). So we both ended up in front of the crowd – Alysia did the polka and I did the chicken dance. It was me and a bunch of 2 year olds holding hands and flapping our wings. Awesome.

This week has been pretty busy already and this weekend is my last triathlon (Wahh!) in Wilmington. I’m hoping that the cooler weather brings a wetsuit legal swim for this longer than normal sprint (1500 meters with a current). We’re staying overnight with Tassie and we’ll be a running an open water swim clinic on the beach on Sunday. The following weekend I’ll finally be at home and will hopefully get caught up on the rest of life!


At September 15, 2009 4:49 PM , Blogger Marit Chrislock-Lauterbach said...

Good luck at the Wilmington Tri! A FUN race - enjoy and GO GO GO!!! Now THAT is a race where you want to be in the Elite wave at the start... that bike course is super crowded.

What an incredible weekend - awesome! Nice to meet other athletes and just cheer and spectate. And I agree with you on the non-M-Dot events. Totally agree - 100%. I think I'm going to try and make that a theme as much as possible for next year :)

LOVE the hamburger shot - awesome! Congrats to Alysia for a great race!

At September 15, 2009 6:56 PM , Blogger Rebecca DeWire said...

It looks like you guys had a great girls weekend! That burger is impressive. And I had to laugh about the sock story. Good luck at Wilmington.

At September 16, 2009 7:30 AM , Blogger Beth said...

Oh...ouch...socks always in a half... :)

You are such a good friend! Glad you guys had such a great weekend. I haven't been on a roller coaster for so long. Weak! I need to go before I'm too old and they won't let me on. :)

Best of luck this weekend Bri!! I know you will rock it!

At September 16, 2009 9:21 PM , Blogger Angela and David Kidd said...

Looks like a great weekend. I love being a sherpa. It's all of the excitement but so much less stress. And what a great job for the first half. And socks, I can't imagine not wearing them in a half. My feet still haven't from no socks in an olympic a month ago.

And I'd still be sick from that burger. That's impressive.


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