It was a rainy start on Friday, and very windy, so I had to drive pretty slow. It is about a 3.5 hour drive, and the scenery is amazing! Not so much yesterday, though:
|Route 78, Delaware Water gap|
|Route 42, approaching Mystic Mountain|
The bar was in an old building, it was so beautiful, I wish I had taken pics! On my drive to Pottsville, I realized that I packed so last minute (laziness, pure and simple) that I forgot my ear buds and iPhone armband! Thank goodness for Walmart!
At my parent's house, I made my Flat Mama and prepped for the race:
It is about a 45 minute drive, and I worried about the parking. I shouldn't have, they had Crew everywhere, and plenty of places to park! I was going to ditch my sweatshirt in the car, but it was only 37* so I kept it on. As I walked through I searched out a couple who looked like they might hang out and drink afterwards, and gave them by beer tickets. They were so happy, which made me happy!
I checked out all of the tents they had set up, and eyeballed the cool necklaces they had made from Yuengling caps. I made a mental note to check them out on the way back!
The race started promptly at 8, after the anthem and a speech by Dick Yuengling himself. I had heard at packet pickup that the first mile was all uphill, and buy was that guy right! OMG I thought I was going to die! It was just shy of one mile long!
After the first hill, it leveled out, and then we got to go downhill, a nice gentle slope. Hooray! But wait, don't get too excited! Around the corner and up hill number 2. I "ran" up and gladly turned the corner to the mile 2 marker. Nice level ground for a while and then hill #3.
I walked that last hill, it was brutal! It leveled out again and when we turned left it was such a steep slope down I almost had to pinwheel my arms! Holy crap! After we turned that last corner, I could see the finish!
Going into this race, I knew there would be no PR. Those hills ate nothing like what we have at the Jersey Shore. My goal was to beat my time from a race I ran nearby in October 2011, at Knoebel's Amusement Park. My time at Knoebel's was just under 40 minutes. My time today?
Isn't the necklace adorable? I almost hit the floor when he told me it was only $5. SOLD!
I came back to my parent's house to check my stats and was pleasantly surprised to see how well I did!
79/247 age group
WOW! That might be my best yet! And these people live here and train on these hills! Woot!
It wouldn't be a trip to the mountains without a ride on my dad's newest toy. He took me 4 wheeling in this thing. I am not too proud to admit I screamed like a girl a few times!
Now we are off to have lunch! I am exhausted and it is only Saturday afternoon!
Have you ever 4 wheeled in a Polaris?