July 15, 2017
Browne-Rice is back… under new management. Of course, Browne and Rice are still around, but TRH is going through the motions of taking some responsibilities from Paul and Bob in the event they are incapacitated (or not around).
Since January, I have become closer friends with Alan Sheppard (not the astronaut, but his head is definitely in the clouds). I stayed with his family when I did Avalon 50M, he came to Hashtravaganza, and he is a good guy to talk with (has good ideas and also listens). Since he always seems to want to try new things, I thought him the perfect partner for this event. Who knows how he will do with kayaking? (Will he wear shoes in the boat?)
In the morning, I walked down to the start (off of Ocean Blvd, the usual spot) and met up with the usual crowd. This event always “sells out,” and it always has plenty of open spots for participants who missed out originally (because of no shows).
I always insist on kayaking first because I know I will be useless after running. I did kayak second once and hated it. Plus as the senior member of our team, I should get first choice.
I did my usual back-of-pack demonstration with the kayaking, but I did manage to beat a couple of old ladies and corpses.
Alan took off on the run, giving me just enough time to rinse off my feet and put my shoes on without getting too much sand into my shoes. (and I cheered him on from the street)
I was definitely the slower half of our team, but I did manage 25:16 for the 5K (which is around the same exact time I ran for Boeing last week which doesn’t run on the sand or in sandy shoes).
We finished in the top ten (of 22) and had a good time doing it.
I hung around for quite some time afterwards (not just drinking the beers) as Alan’s whole family came to enjoy a day at the beach. I had sort of met his wife and kids before at a distance, but got to know both his boys a lot better. They are super-cute and kinda look like him (bald and quirky). Looking forward to doing some more events with Alan. Seems like we have similar mindsets.