July 12, 2014
Another “final” year of the Browne-Rice Kayak (1M) Run (5K) Relay.
Last year, I got a ringer teammate (Mark Vishnevsky) only to discover that we could not establish a big enough lead with either of our kayaking skills to figure in the final results.
So… this year, I wanted someone who might enjoy the event as a first timer, since the event is about having fun (though there are always the same teams that win… in a fun way). So, I invited my friend Dulce to participate with me. She was concerned that we might come in last, but I said that even if we do so, that’s OK with me.
I let Dulce go first on the Kayak leg because as a newbie, she wouldn’t know the course that well, but she could follow people, whereas, if she kayaked second, she would probably be on her own… and having done the course at least 10 times, I have a better idea of the course.
She had a decent kayak (didn’t finish last) and then handed off to me for the run. It must be a high tide time of year because there was a huge berm and not a lot of hard-packed sand to run on. I did my best with the amount I had and hoped that I wouldn’t lose too much time in the loose sand.
I passed a few folks whose partners had better opening kayak legs, but was still far behind the really fast folks. After 24:55 (right around 8:00/mile, including SAND) of running, I handed off to Dulce and she ran a nice comfortable time and didn’t give up any of our “lead.”
While I was waiting for her, Jackie Davis came in and said that she had “gotten” lost. I was incredulous because, well, there isn’t anywhere to get lost. What had happened is that she tried to short-cut to the beach path, but ended up in the yacht club parking lot behind the gate and couldn’t get out. Later, her partner did the exact same thing!
Finally, Dulce handed off to me on the kayak leg. I left about the same time as another kayaker, but I am a terrible kayakist. Part of the problem is that I am too big for the conveyance and cannot get any leverage. Too boot, the back support kept slipping, so I appeared as if I was practically lying down and lazily paddling.
I ended up with the second worst paddle time (surprise, surprise), and we finished 3rd to last… but who cares? We had a great time. The prizes (which mostly went to the same 5 or 6 people) were Runners High pint glasses. Then they did a drawing for two sets of free shoes at Runners High. Each person had one entry, plus an additional entry if they volunteered to paddle one of the 18 kayaks to the start. Despite only having one entry, I won one of the pairs of shoes!!