Viva Bike Vegas

Man, it feels good to be back on the East Coast.

Not that I didn’t love my work trip to Las Vegas this past weekend, but I sure am exhausted!

I was out supporting my Team In Training team as they participated in Viva Bike Vegas – a 122 mile ride through Las Vegas, including portions on the famous Strip, through the Hoover Damn, and through Red Rocks Canyon. Obviously I was there to support my team and wasn’t riding, but I heard that the course was TOUGH but amazing. It was exciting to see the other side of Nevada – the total opposite of the bright lights, party town that Las Vegas is known to be. By driving to different checkpoints through the 122 miles of the course, I saw some beautiful mountains and lots of palm trees. Even though the hotels and casinos are fun, I enjoyed the desert and pretty views much more than the city.

Blue Diamond, NV

Alright, so the pictures really don’t do it justice. This just looks like a boring field of rocks…but it WASN’T! I swear.

6AM. No cyclists yet. Just chilling on the side of the road. Normal Saturday activities.

Obligatory Vegas Photo. (You’ll see this if you run the #stripatnight in December!)

See how I perfectly timed this photo opportunity for when the Bellagio fountain was going off? Mad skillz. I know.

This day was a LONG day. The whole weekend was filled with 3:15AM wakeup calls. Yes, calls, plural. For more than one morning in a row I was waking up while the still-intoxicated partiers were just heading out. Extremely entertaining. But the lack of sleep was totally worth it – all of my participants finished, no one got hurt, and the small team of eight raised a collective $43,500+ for blood cancer research over the past few months. Plus, I had two of the top three national fundraisers on my team, as well as two cancer survivors! They really are the best. Strong, positive, resilient.

What do YOU do at 3AM in Vegas?

They rocked it and made the weekend totally memorable. Also exciting was the fact that I got to meet the Iowa and Kansas chapters of TNT and spend time with my Midwestern pals! I felt refreshed just talking to them and hearing their accents!

Despite the fact that I had 14 miles on tap  for Philly training and ran, ohhh, about 3 miles. (I did a lot of walking on Saturday, does that count? No? Ugh, fine.) My run was early enough to be able to laugh at the shenanigans of people just getting home from clubs and casinos as the sun rose. They were not sober.

No time to run more than 3 miles, but I did find time to stop and take this palm tree photo. Oops.

I took tomorrow off work and am hoping to get all 14 in. Will it mess me up for the Ragnar Relay this weekend? (THIS WEEKEND!!! AHHH!) Hopefully not. We’ll see. I’ll be sure to keep you updated.

Brendan drew this for me. I think it’s my favorite picture from this weekend. It clearly illustrates how much I love my sleep.

I’m so ready to sign up for a cycle event now. Who’s with me?

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  1. September 24, 2012 / 8:14 pm

    wow what a great trip! so jealous of your west coast adventure!

    • September 25, 2012 / 2:44 pm

      It was fun but a lot of hard work! I need to go back when I can just lay at the pool or go hiking or something, haha.

  2. September 24, 2012 / 10:37 pm

    yes to a cycling event! :) it’s on my bucket list!

    • September 25, 2012 / 2:43 pm

      Let’s find one and do it together! :)

      • September 25, 2012 / 10:23 pm

        absolutely. ill recruit Drew too !

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