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<p>Well, to spoil the ending before the story starts...we won.  We won our mixed masters (MM) division via 3 different methods --</p>
<p>* showing up (one MM team DNS'ed),</p>
<p>*  politely but firmly pointing out to race officials that the MM team that beat us had a 20-something on their team, the dirty rats!!!</p>
<p>*  running faster than the other remaining MM team.  How much faster?  Read on.</p>
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<p>My original idea was to form 2 teams for the Cascade Lakes relay in the high desert of Central Oregon, as there were soooo many good people to recruit for a team!   Selecting members for just one team ended up being very hard.  We lost seemomgo as a team member, but she had established an early-on mojo of frantically funny paranoia that served us well during the race.  Badgers were our #1 fear.</p>
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<p>Consensus decision-making resulted in the team name of <strong>Old and In Your Way</strong>.  Seemomgo set the party tone by arranging for the manufacture of hilarious huge magnets and speech bubbles to decorate the 2 vans.  Pictures -- to come later, I hope -- will show George Burns saying "Yes, I can drive slower than this", Liz Taylor saying "Roadkill, ha!  We're already almost dead!" and Abe Vigoda saying "I'm so old, they canceled my blood type!"  Hyuck, hyuck....we took our role seriously (kind of like being ambassadors for the aged), as the race was filled with mostly youngsters.</p>
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<p>We hooted at cute costumes, cheered on the suffering, shuffling newbies (as we passed them, of course), and thanked people for "deferring to their elders" if we were trying to maneuver the van into a tight parking space.</p>
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<p>The Central Oregon scenery was monotonous now and then (highway 138 is a boring flat stretch with too much traffic, really), but often stunning, with snowcapped mountains and pristine lakes at our sides.  At night, a lonely stretch of gravel highway was patrolled by riders on horseback.  The volunteers and local shopkeepers were cheerful and welcoming.</p>
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<p>The course (216.6 miles long) was difficult, featuring high altitude, elevation gain and loss, many gravel segments, some frustratingly slow cinder (sandy) segments, a few mosquitos, and mid-day heat.  At least one runner (not ours) was air-evacuated out of the race due to heat exhaustion/dehydration.</p>
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<p>In the end, we beat our remaining MM rival by 72 seconds.  Out of 216.6 miles.  Our overall pace was 8:43/mile, less than one second per mile faster than the other team.  Mustang Sally made the final road kill that cemented the victory!</p>
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<p>We were firmly resolved to simply Have Stoopid Fun and not worry about being competitive, but...eh...you know.....  You get in a race and you do your best.  So our division win was for all of us: </p>
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<p>The exchanges we reached on time,</p>
<p>the times we counted steps just to keep going and not walk,</p>
<p>the extra van stops to provide a bit more encouragement to the runner,</p>
<p>the targeting and passing of other runners ahead of us,</p>
<p>keeping up for as long as we could when a faster runner "killed" us,</p>
<p>making it to the top of that *&^%$ hill,</p>
<p>keeping our foot slammed on the accellerator even after we crested that hill,</p>
<p>and simply showing those kids out there on the road how fast old people can run.</p>
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<p>I regret not having more time to be a better organized, more involved captain, but oh well.  I would change several organizational things if I were to do this again, and one thing would be to appoint a Meal Czar, so that we wouldn't have the seemingly impossible task of deciding via consensus where to eat before & after the race!  :]</p>
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<p>Thanks to you, teammates!  I wish you a restful week and a happy year.</p>
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<p><a href="http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=2337595&id=11506696&l=fbe79e131b" target="_blank">Some photos from Van 2 here.</a></p>
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<p>It was great!  Our captain did a fantastic job and everybody involved were troopers through and through.  We were all simply exhausted by the end of the day on Saturday.</p>
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<p>Cheers to seeing old friends and making some new friends.  <img alt="" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/wav.gif" title=""></p>
 

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<p>Yeah team Old and In the way!!!! I am so glad to hear it all went well. I have been anxiously awaiting this report! Now I need all of the nitty gritty details!!! </p>
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<p>SO what was the AARP discount anyway???</p>
 

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<p>Well Lori, I will tell you that there were at least three types of "nitty gritty": soft volcanic ash; soft red cinder; and marbley grey gravel. Is that the kind of nitty gritty detail you were after? :)</p>
<p>What a fun, tiring, interesting experience the relay was!</p>
<p>I am not enough of a wordsmith to give any kind of race report - I will leave that to my more capable teammates.</p>
<p>You were missed, but as you know by now, your replacement did a terrific job.</p>
<p>And what's this about an AARP discount? I didn't get any stinkin' discount!<br>
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<p>congrats!  and great pics duckgeek... keep them coming... and there must be at least a couple of van details that you guys can mention without being arrested... so spill!</p>
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<p>("old and in the way" was a legendary championship master's ultimate frisbee team from boulder -- you picked a great name!)</p>
 

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<p>Yeah?  And what's new and scandalous about that, Lothario?</p>
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<p>Well, hmm.  Scandalous?  Hmm.</p>
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<p>In my <cough> Old Lady costume -- like I <em>need</em> one -- I propositioned a young fellow in a caveman outfit with, "So ... how do you feel about older women?"</p>
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<p>He laughed.  <sigh>  That's about it.  Maybe I oughta try to get the garish lippy <em>inside</em> the lines.</p>
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<p>Some harlot in the other van ran shirtless. </p>
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<p>I'm <em>pretty sure</em> I saw Tammy lift her fabulous flouncy skirt to expose a knee.</p>
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<p>A dude (<em>"Dude"!)</em> from Van 1 -- who shall remain nameless ...</p>
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<p><span style="font-size:8px;">but had the longest ponytail in the vehicle</span></p>
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<p>-- was caught between a smile and a drool as he watched, ahem, a lactating woman in a neon pink Victoria's Secret bra and black microshorts sprint, as well as she could manage, to the exchange chute while said nameless dude's (<em>"Dude"!</em>) OAITW female team mates could only spew a bitter, "Yeah?  Well, she'll pay for <em>that</em> bawdy effort 30 years down the line!"</p>
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<p>Another feckless female wonder was vuvuzela'd as she squatted for a pee in the bushes roadside.</p>
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<p>Yeah.  Better ponder this a while.  There are a few gaps in my feeble memory.</p>
 

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<p><strong>seemom!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!</strong></p>
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<p>The magnets and bubbles were the hit of the relay.  We had <em>more</em> pictures taken of our vans, more happy, smiling, LAUGHING people checking them out.  Fantastic!  We cannot thank you and seeboy enough.</p>
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<p>We missed you tons!  We need to plan another so we can take the Abe, Betty, and Al show on the road!<br>
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<p><img alt="" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/love5.gif" title=""> Love the pictures, thanks duckgeek.</p>
<p>Of course the post relay stories at always the best here.</p>
<p>Keep them coming folks!</p>
 

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<p>......What a Fun RR//.............you guys are Amazing......</p>
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<p>...and 72-seconds is Amazing Times Two.....</p>
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<p>more pictures would help though.</p>
 

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Congratulations CLRers! I thought about you guys all weekend, wishing I was with you. Except for WJ. I get enough of him in Portland...<br><br><br><br>
I made sure you had great weather. Your high temps were at least 10 degrees cooler than normal, and no thunderstorms. You can thank me later. ;-)
 

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<p>Stat of the day:</p>
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<p>There were only 3 teams starting in the waves ahead of OAIYW which finished in less time.  There were about 27 teams starting behind us that finished in a longer time, thus we did very well based upon our seeding and that explains why we passed so many more teams than passed us despite being placed in wave 7 of 15.</p>
 

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<p><a href="http://blog.oregonlive.com/runoregon/2010/08/2010_cascade_lakes_relay_recap_1.html" target="_blank">We're famous! </a></p>
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<p><em>We were there early enough to play a little Catchphrase and see a lot of friends and admire some of the more creative costumes, van decorations, and team names. One of my favorites was a van covered in larger than life head shots of famous actors like Betty White and George Burns with quotes like, "Is my turn signal on?" and the words "OLD AND IN YOUR WAY" written across the back doors. (That may have been their team name, come to think of it.)</em></p>
 

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<p>This thread is such a hoot! Congrats to all the relayers, and keep the stories and photos coming!</p>
 

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<p>Highlights of this event were plentiful for me.  I met several virtual people for the first time.  It was fun to associate carbon-based life forms with their online personas.</p>
<ul><li>winejunky & blou: Proof that life exists in pure-energy forms, and two of the friendliest and most generous people you will meet.</li>
<li>Mustang Sal: I believe there is nothing at which this woman does not excel, except being sucky at things.</li>
<li>Tamster: She likes to play blonde but she is super sharp.  Note: you must be assertive with her in order to collect on outstanding nacho debts.</li>
<li>Johnny: 100% genuine hippie, featuring a heart of gold beneath the crusty exterior.  I owe you a shower or an ice cream, John!</li>
<li>emeraldvlly: Trained attack badger vs. ev?  My money is on ev.</li>
<li>duckgeek: A speedy and super-motivational addition to our team, and I wish I could have run with a bit. I think I could have hung with him for about 50 meters.</li>
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<div>Sans Souci presented us with sparkly purple gaiters made by her sister.  I really appreciated these on the gravel.  Huge thanks to you and your sister, SS!</div>
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<div>Labduck met us at PDX and took us to breakfast at the ultra groovy Kennedy School.  We met glidegal & DH a bit later but had only a little time to spend with them before we headed to Bend.  Thank you, Labduck!  Great to meet you, glideteam!</div>
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<div>The running part of my previous relay experience was a painful one, after running my first leg way too hard.  I felt like I was much smarter this time.  I gave up some time on the gravel, but I hit my paces on the other legs.  I was really happy with how strong I felt at the finish.</div>
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<div>For people who like data:</div>
<ul><li>leg 1 - <a href="http://connect.garmin.com/activity/42843616" target="_blank">http://connect.garmin.com/activity/42843616</a></li>
<li>leg 14 - <a href="http://connect.garmin.com/activity/42843619" target="_blank">http://connect.garmin.com/activity/42843619</a></li>
<li>leg 27 - <a href="http://connect.garmin.com/activity/42843623" target="_blank">http://connect.garmin.com/activity/42843623</a></li>
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<div>I did a few things to try to keep my legs in good shape between legs.  Here are millbot's rules for happy relay legs™:</div>
<ul><li>Get out of the van often.  Frequent walking is good recovery, and moving around will remind you to stay fueled and hydrated.</li>
<li>Massage those calves, or quads, or whatever is ailing.  Use The Stick or a Tiger Tail!  Thank you, John!</li>
<li>Use compression socks.  Wear these between legs and consider running in them.  I ran my last leg in them, and as everyone tired of hearing, I am a believer!</li>
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<div>The course was very scenic and challenging, with +8400/-9800' elevation change, soft red cinder, gravel, dirt, and pavement.  I found the scenery energizing.</div>
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<div>Taking a dip in an icy stream after we were done gave my legs a nice boost.  I could not stand it for more than a few seconds at a time, but it was enough.</div>
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<div>After accumulating a nice sleep deficit, I slept for 10 hours on Saturday night.  I slept during most of the flight home, too.  Millboy likes his beauty rest.</div>
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<div>Thanks to Econo for putting the team together, for arranging the lodging, and for the cool arm warmers.  Thanks to seemomgo (we missed you!) & DS for the awesome van magnets.</div>
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<div>And now, the van 1 awards, according to me.</div>
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<ul><li>Tamster: Best hygiene, with a special citation for outstanding in-race hair care.</li>
<li>emeraldvlly: Parking brake tester extraordinaire.  Thanks for all the driving!</li>
<li>Sans Souci: Most thoughtful.  Buying cookies & lemonade from the kids, cheering on your teammates, always being quick to offer help, etc.  Dude, I hope you get your baby back.</li>
<li>Johnny: Best photo op.  I do wonder what Mrs Johnny will say.  Thanks for the driving and for keeping us on course more than once.</li>
<li>Econo: Team captain!  Renee, you put together a great event in spite of all else you to had to deal with.  Thank you, captain!</li>
<li>millbot: Most fortunate relayer, for landing in a van with such a great group of runners.</li>
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<p>Let's see, I think I have some photos around here somewhere...</p>
 

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