Race Report (super long 😵) The Inaugural Run/Bike Relay Ragnar will definitely be one for the record books that I will never forget. On the way to the race we were stuck in thunderstorms and I just 🙏🏼 that they would pass and not affect the course too much! We got to go off on my scheduled time of 8:30pm. Due to flooding there were some course reroutes, but luckily it was still a go! The race started great and I did the first few miles with one of the 2 Solo men that were out there. We both had about the same race goals so thought it would be great to have a buddy. Unfortunately, once we hit the trails I had to let him pull ahead. Too many flashbacks of my Night Ultra Relay where I fell and broke my leg that I didn’t want a repeat so I was beyond cautious on the single track. There were so many rocks, mud, tree roots, stairs, puddles that my pace was slowing rapidly!! There continued to be lightening and thunder until about midnight and I was afraid they would call the race at anytime. I think about mile 8 is when I hit downtown. It was dark, rainy, and I was out there all alone. I was so happy I brought my mace and had my finger on the trigger the rest of the run. Lots of areas were pretty sketchy and I regretted not having a buddy. I felt like I was just a running target out there so constantly updated Felix with my whereabouts and he was tracking me as well. I went live at mile 10 right before the floodgates opened and the downpour hit! I was supposed to hit the bike checkpoint at mile 11.5, but due to the reroutes didn’t get to the bike until mile 13. That extra 1.5 miles were brutal in the rain and all I wanted was to get out of my shoes. I could tell my feet were already getting raw.
I was so happy to hit the checkpoint. Felix had my bike all ready for me to ride, but due to the storm I was delayed about 20 mins until the rain slowed enough to safely ride. I changed into some dry clothes and off I went. Some of the bike course was flooded so there was a bit of a reroute in an area that made the bike about 3 miles shorter. I was grateful due to the extra run miles, but I would’ve preferred more riding and less running lol!