After another sleepless night, Cheryl rolled me out of bed earlier that I thought socially acceptable. We showered, shaved, and suited up... Ready for action!
|Cheryl waves from the window|
|Beware of Rollers!|
|cool Bike, man!|
|Elites....So fast they'e already past me!|
I blame the new camera and it's inability to take snap shots the same way the old one did. It was too bad because I had a really great opportunity this year. She found me and was clearly visible as we exchanged passing glances, before disappearing into the distance....
|Mergansers! Female and Male!|
|Awesome Flight Photo.|
Like these mated pair of Mergansers! Check out how the males head is that awesome metallic green/blue.
|Canada's INVADING? Fetch me my Hoofa!|
|Female runners are sexy!|
|Especially This one!|
|There she goes!|
|Me...On the bridge....baking.|
|Cheryl arrives into View!|
Hmm. The sun was getting hotter and I could hear this "fried egg sizzle" on my head... I put my hand and felt around on my bald spot several times, but found that there was nothing there. Perhaps it was someone else behind me.
There was this moment when I thought that the sun might actually get to me instead of Cheryl. I noticed several of the of the Marathoners having bright red "tans" on their exposed flesh, but thought nothing of my hat-less, lotion-less body. I was Certain Cheryl would arrive well before the sun would damage any part of me.
|The heat makes things...Hot.|
|Off to the finish!|
|Was the shoe always this color?|
|Another scar for the Marathoner!|
Na, Just a couple of blisters. Hardly a life threatening wound. I thought about photo-shopping a cool frostbitten foot, but could not make the program do what I wanted. Cheryl plans on showing it off as a new battle scar from her life as a Marathoner! Some people wading in the water had fared far worse. One guy was definitely going to lose a couple of toenails.....Yoeow! (shudder)
|40th anniversary Medal|
|40th Anniversary Medal|
Her finishers Shirt.
|Ice water helps numb the pain....|
|On the bridge!|
|With the bridge...|
|Time to make it more permanent.|
So lets find out just how bad Cheryl really did..shall we?
|Try getting THAT off carwash!|
LAST YEAR THIS YEAR
Total Time 3:45:53 Total Time 3:54:07
Average Pace: 8:38 Average Pace 8:57
Age Group Place 71 out of 322 54 out of 565 ( age 40-44 female)
Overall place ( Male&Female) 1944 out of 6077 1470 out of 7521
Gender place 531 out of 2640 434 out of 3741 Total Females!
And now for the best part....ME! You see...I'm the HERO of this story. How? I have been trying to get Cheryl's mind off of her fears of a bad race performance for the entire duration. I said things like "It may be hot." and "Try to have fun instead of killing yourself for a new Personal best!"
|Sometimes ...we sound coherent.|
|Call me "Special Man!"|
|I look like Barbie? Only with less hair.|
|Me after a long day of Hero-ing|
With my new Rosy disposition... and color... I will now take the remainder of the day off and try to stay out of the sun for the majority of it. Cheryl now looks forward to the Red White and Boom race in the twin cities coming up on the 4th of July. I'll blog more tomorrow about our return trip. Uneventful...but with cute pictures of the Franklin Ground Squirrel. For now....Time to smear some goo on my face and hide in the darkness.