|Sunshine! This actually looks fun!|
This year was a classic "Homer weather" race day. It was warm (probably mid-40's) and calm while waiting for the race to start, but then a chilly breeze kicked up, coming off the water and by time the run started my hands were blocks of ice. But then, I wasn't running the race, so no problem!
Aurora and a friend were doing the "ironwoman"--the entire 5k run, 7k bike and 5k ski--but just "for fun," not racing hard. Denver, Douglas and I were racing as a team: Denver was running, Douglas was biking and I was skiing. So when the kids took off running, we got in the car and drove to West Homer Elementary to the beginning of the bike stage. The run is flat or slightly uphill the whole way along the Sterling Highway, so it's pretty comfortable. The kids got in at just about the same time. Aurora pulled on a helmet and hopped on her bike while Denver tagged Douglas and away he went.
|Bikes all lined up for pickup at West Homer School.|
|This looks wet, cold and not-so-fun! I think the sunglasses were for the sun, not for snow protection!|
|And this just looks plain crazy!|
|Ready to ski--the easy leg of the race!|
Standing around at the finish, the sun was almost peeking back out and it was nice out. Aurora stood around in her shorts (And actually put on a sweatshirt. I was impressed.). The snack table was awesome, with a nice mix of healthy and unhealthy snacks, juices and whatnot. The awards are worth waiting for because nearly every racer and volunteer ends up winning something! We didn't win the race, but we did pretty well on the prizes, taking home a pound of Captain's Coffee, a gift card to Captain's Coffee, socks, a neckwarmer, fresh oysters, and some ski wax. The door prizes took almost 40 minutes, and as we were standing there, we could see the snow falling over Diamond Ridge, moving our way. Pretty soon it was snowing again and people were shivering, eager to get in their cars and head home to Easter dinners.
If we can, this will be on our list of races to do next year. Denver is determined to do the whole thing himself, and Douglas wants to run rather than bike (guess he didn't like the icy roads and snow!). I'm actually contemplating doing the whole thing. If Denver can do it, I can!
(Thanks, Don Pitcher, for the pictures of us racing.