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Let The Ragnar Begin…

February 7, 2014

The day began at 4:30 a.m. We were able to catch a ride with another team early this morning (we had to get to the starting line by 9… Our time to start).

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We did get there a little early because the random people we found to give us a ride had a start time of 6:30. We were able to see the sunrise… So beautiful!!!

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Corom started off for our team “Viking apocalypse”.


I ran the last mile and a half with Corom (about 16 minutes). He was struggling really bad with the humidity. He had the chills and was feeling light headed and sweating a ton! We all realized that water was the key to this Ragnar! He then handed off to me and I ran my 1st leg of 4.5 miles. It is so hot and humid here… 80 degrees and 70% humidity (at 9:45 a.m.) I ran it in 29.34.08. I was really excited to not run in high altitude but I think humidity is the same disadvantage as higher altitude! It was tough but a good run.

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It feels like and looks like we have all showered after our run! Our team is so fun… And Corom is crazy as usual!!!

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We ended up rotating through vans so we were/are able to get to know everyone. It was great! Part of our team were Ragnar employees. It is very confusing to explain, so I copied and pasted what Tanner Bell (the co-founder of Ragnar) wrote…

“There is a unique van rotation called the Rolling 7. The way it works is at all times the on-van has seven runners and the off-van has 5. So at the start the relay, the On-van will have runners 1-7 and the off-van will have runners 8-12. At Exchange 7 the two vans meet and runners 8-12 become the on-van. Runners 1 and 2 join runners 8-12 in the new on-van and Runners 3-7 become the off van. One important note, while the van rotation changes, the legs you run are still the same. If you run leg 1 you still run leg 13 and 24.
The advantage is that runners rotate through the vans and get know everyone on the team, instead of just having van 1 and van 2. The disadvantageโ€ฆ I don’t really know the disadvantage. I guess that is why I want to test it.”

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To explain the toilet paper wrapped around Corom… We went to a gas station (while Tanner was out running) to pick up more water and there was a sign that read “No Shirt No Service”. Corom didn’t have a shirt, so he made one. He was able to get his service. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Corom & Tanner, then Corom and Kristen breaking the rules. And Darin is letting everyone know of their rule breaking… He was also cheering on the other teams making everyone laugh!
I do have a lot more pictures because Corom and I were in van 1 and then straight to van 2…

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Don’t give Corom the megaphone… Ever! ๐Ÿ™‚


And don’t let Corom drive with a lot of people in the van… Ever! ๐Ÿ˜‰
I have not even ran my 2nd leg yet and it has been very eventful and crazy (and hot)!

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So I ran on a dirt canal with brackish water for my 2nd leg. It was dark at this time, so I had my headlight on and I carried a flashlight in my hand. It was supposed to be 4.7 miles but it ended up being 5.4. My time was 34:12.05. To be honest… I didn’t even notice because I was looking for crocodiles the entire way. ๐Ÿ™‚ And I found one lurking in the water (thanks to the hand flashlight)…

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Meanwhile, back at home my girls, g-goat (grandma), and cousins were/are having a great time. They made pizzas, watched movies and are going to a birthday party…

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I know that I am going to wish I was there with them in a few hours… ๐Ÿ™‚ Well time to post today’s adventures and start a new one later…

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Good night… I’m going to get some sleep!

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3 Comments
  1. Your husband is hilarious! Glad you guys are having fun.

  2. Toby permalink

    Y’all are hilarious!

  3. Thanks you 2! It was a blast… Sarah if you have never ran a Ragnar, you need to! I would love to have you on our team if it was something you would like to do!

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