Cascade Lakes Relay Re-cap

9 Aug

Wow! It has taken me a long time to get this done.
**Sorry in advance…for the lack of pics. My cameraphone was on the fritz and it was dead most of the relay!**

Most of us arrived in Bend Thursday. We had dinner and decorated the vans.

Van 2

Dan, Kara, and Hettie

Dan, Kara, and Hettie

Van 1

Friday: Early AM: Van 1 left. Destination Diamond Lake.

Bird Legs and I got us all registered and ready to go while the boys did who knows what.

Diamond Lake
Does it look cold? It was Freezing! In the 30s. We were breathing thin mountain air!

Van 1: JJ(Runner4), Nathan(Runner3), Todd(Runner2), Kara(Runner5), Amato(Runner1), and Me(Runner6)

Our start time was 8. Amato was ready and roaring to go.


I am sure I told you but I was going to run 2a. Leg 2 is almost 11 miles so they break it up into 2a(3.78 miles) and 2b(7 miles) if that runner does not want that many miles. In that case usually runner 6 takes 2a. My biggest problem with that is I would have to pack 4 pairs of clothes instead of just 3.

Well in true Todd fashion he wanted to switch with me. Supposedly 2a was all uphill and 2b was all downhill. I was fine with that so after a long discussion it was set he would do 2a and I would do 2b.

Our exchange:

Leg 2B: 7 miles: very hard; no music; Hokas shoes; 9:36 avg/pace; Gu right before; Nuun in water bottle; 9:43am
I went into it knowing the first mile would be tough: which it was. I just wanted to take it easy. The elevation map is very deceiving. It looks like it is all downhill. NOT.THE.CASE!! It was still hilly and not easy. I felt like I was not going too hard but at a good pace. I talked to a few people as they passed me. It was still cool out but getting warmer as the minutes went on.

When I was done, the big question was: what am I going to eat to recover and get ready for leg 6 which will be in ❀ hours. I drank a chocolate milk and ate a uncrustable. It was too hot to put my compression socks on but I did stretch and rehydrated with Nuun and G2.

Leg 6: 5.24 miles: easy; music; Brooks shoes; 10:42 avg/pace; Gu right before; Nuun in water bottle; 2:09pm
This leg was on red cinder trail. Kara had just done almost 9 miles on it and she was miserable. It was a little dusty with the vans going by. I just wanted to stay positive. It was hot with little shade. I was breathing thin air and it was hard. I am not sure if it was hard because of the elevation or hard because I had run 4 hours ago? Had I not refueled or rehydrated enough? I just wanted to get through it. Kept telling myself it would get better as I went. Just counted down the miles.

My friend Robert was doing leg 6 also. I knew he(his team) was a little behind us but I thought he might catch me. Sure enough he caught me with a little more than a mile to go. I said what took you so long? He said he could see me for miles but it was taking forever to catch me. πŸ™‚ He was on an ultra team and he had already done legs 2a and 3. He was in no hurry and we ran into the exchange together! That was a nice way to finish that leg.

I was handing off to Dan. I gave him a kiss, a slap on the ass, and said good luck!

We headed to Silver Lake to relax, nap, eat, and get eaten alive by the mosquitos!!

It was time to meet van 2 at exchange 12. While we were waiting Kara and I met up with Erica and Laura.

Erica and Laura were on the 10 Barrel team. Kara said What? Do you think we could get a beer from them? Sure enough they had lots of beer and Kara enjoyed one because she was not running for hours. She also said after her leg that it probably helped her!! πŸ™‚

Nighttime leg: Leg 17; 5.31 miles; moderate; no music; Hokas shoes; 10:49 avg/pace; water in water bottle; Gu before; 1:55am
It starts out on an incline and really just continues with an incline. No real recovery! Again just wanted to stay positive. The night leg is always my favorite leg of a relay. I decided that I did not need any water cause it was cool enough. When I say cool it was pretty cold. I had a long sleeve shirt, capris, and compression socks. When my van went by I decided to have them hand me my water bottle. I needed something distracting!

I was pretty sad that this leg was not going as well as I thought it would go! I was really tired and I kept tripping. **mental note: do not wear Hokas in the middle of the night running when I am tired!**

I stayed pretty comfortable except my head was frozen. I was jealous of the people who ran past me with beanies on. 3 legs down and 1 to go. I was excited to see Dan. Gave him a kiss and said go get ’em!! It was 30 degrees at that exchange! Holy cold!!!

Kara and I drove the sleeping beauties in the back to La Pine where we were going to get some real sleep for a few hours. There was a pancake breakfast going on all night. I was starving. JJ, Nathan, and I enjoyed some pancakes before resting. I did not sleep as long as I wanted to. I was worried about not waking up for our 6:30 departure. When I finally got up, Kara and Todd were in line for pancakes…and I thought I would partake again! They were not amazing but they were good enough!

Met up with van 2 at exchange 24 and Amato was off again. I took a nap and when I woke up Todd was already running. I felt much better after that nap!

Leg 29 is the costume leg. Bird Legs was dressed like a beer bottle. Fits her perfectly. Except that it was hot outside and even hotter in her costume. At least it was only 2 miles!

Leg 30: 4.2 miles; hard; music; Brooks shoes; 11:18 avg/pace <—it was a mountain!!!; Gu before; 12:16pm

It started on a slight decline. Which was nice. We were running on the Pac Crest bike course; starting with leg 24. I knew exactly what was coming. I was nervous. I knew it would be rough and it was.

I enjoyed the very short decline and could see what was ahead of me. UP UP and more UP! I did not want to carry anything so the van stopped a few times for me! They gave me some Nuun to drink and water to pour on my head. Totally miserable! Just kept telling myself it was only a little over 4 miles. I can do this…45 minutes…I can do anything for 45 minutes! I was running and doing a little bit of walking here and there.

I was about a mile away from the exchange and I saw Heather Jackson pass me on her bike. She is such a bad-ass. That cheered me up. Then Chris (my coach) passed me right after that and that really cheered me up. I was glad that I was running when he saw me! πŸ™‚ There was a bit of a decline going into the exchange.

Dan and Megan changed legs so I handed off to her and was happy to be done!!!

21.75 miles in the book. Cascade Lakes Relay 2013!

Van 1: cleaned up and ready to go meet van 2 at the finish line

JJ, Me, Kara, Todd, Nathan, and Amato

JJ, Me, Kara, Todd, Nathan, and Amato

Team 806: Put A Bird On It: FINISHED 33 hours!! Rock stars!!

I would honestly be ok NEVER doing this relay again but I love this team. If we decide this is the relay we do next year…than I guess I will do it again!! πŸ™‚

11 Responses to “Cascade Lakes Relay Re-cap”

  1. OneMotherofaDay August 10, 2013 at 6:29 AM #

    Wow, that relay looked like fun! Recently hearing about relays have really intrigued me. I think it would be a lot of fun! Great job everyone!!

  2. MoM August 10, 2013 at 9:58 AM #

    Yeah PUT A BIRD ON IT! Team!

  3. Erica Heagy August 10, 2013 at 10:38 AM #

    So fun to see you guys at the exchange!

  4. livehalffull August 11, 2013 at 11:44 AM #

    Wow, what a cool experience!

  5. Change of Pace August 11, 2013 at 6:49 PM #

    Congrats to you and your team! It sounds like a very hilly relay but so much fun to do with friends!

  6. Kristen L August 13, 2013 at 10:14 AM #

    Diamond lake looks so beautiful!! way to rock those uphill miles!

    • Leslie @ TriathleteTreats August 14, 2013 at 8:25 PM #

      Thanks!! Have you been to Crater Lake? It is my favorite. The blue of the water is unbelievable!!

  7. Jesica @rUnladylike August 13, 2013 at 1:58 PM #

    Awesome race and great pics! You are a relaying pro!


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