One thing about relay weekends is that it goes by very fast! Many things happen and in your sleep and real food deprived state, events run together and get forgotten. That said, the Bourbon Chase was a fantastic relay and I'm going to do my best to recap my most recent experience with Girls Heart Rockets.
|Girls Heart Rockets ride in Space Shuttles|
After the whole team was assembled, we headed to the starting line at Jim Beam for check-in. There was some time to kill before our 3pm start, so of course we take advantage of the distillery tour and tasting!
|The 2010 Bourbon Chase Girls Heart Rockets (a speedy bunch!)|
Once our van is done (Rose, runner #12 hands off to Niki, runner #1) we head to the next major exchange, #18. This is in the town of Danville. Once there, we realize we should probably find the sleeping area to catch some Z's. We find the park and set our alarms. Temps were dropping into the mid-40s. Not too cold, but cold enough! A couple GHRs have sleeping bags and head into the grassy field. I stay in the van and recline. I actually got a couple hours of sleep, which is more than I've ever gotten in any prior relay! A little before 4am everyone climbs back into the van and we find a gas station in Danville near the exchange to prep for our next set of legs. Thank goodness for indoor plumbing (get tired of port-o-potties) and a warm place to change, and Serena was certainly glad they had hot coffee.
Now it is Saturday morning. Time for our second set of legs. The sun won't rise until after 7am so we're still in our reflective gear. Again, Serena and Stephanie cruise and hand off to me around 5:30am in the town of Harrodsburg. Garmin data for my 2nd leg. This one is a little "hillier" with just over 200 feet of gain, but more rolling. At this point we have caught up to other teams so I had some "blinky lights" to chase down. I passed about 5 people on this leg...6 miles long. This one I ran just under and 8 minute pace. My legs were getting a bit tight at the end of this one. Would really need to stretch. Plus I was hungry! It was time for breakfast. I was craving my recovery drink and some beef jerky for protein! Another challenge of a relay - eat so you are fueled for your runs but not so your stomach gets upset. On the road for over 24 hours your system goes through it's motions, and I've had some issues with this in previous races. This one was better - I think I consumed more protein which helps. Anyway, I won't go into any more detail.
We finish our set of legs just after sunrise. We hit the next major exchange to transition to van #1 at Four Roses. They had a great set-up for us. We all got rose tattoos (fake, but still sweet), ate a few too many bourbon balls and wandered around. They even had a stand selling breakfast sandwiches so we were able to eat some hot food. Tim appreciated this for sure!
|Four Roses Distillery (with Kate - runner 6) hopping in the photo.|
|Fitting that Rose (in the vest) hands off to Niki at the Four Roses.|
|Nothing wrong with a little bourbon sample to put in your coffee on a cool fall morning!|
|More people hanging out at Woodford Reserve|
|we're gonna party like it's my birthday!|
Meet the Bourbon Chase GHR team here.