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