2010 Part 1 & 2010 Part 2
Yeah… I wore the Captain hat again. Sometimes I can’t say “no” to volunteering. Organized my company’s Corporate Challenge team again this year. Slow and low turnout again for sign ups. I have to figure out a better way to promote this so I don’t have to play the role of proxy participant at events I’m no good at. Speaking of… First up, cycling time trials.
I’d never raced this course before and probably hadn’t had my bike out since… oh… last year for this race. I really can’t remember the last time I rode it. So, my goal was under 4 minute mile pace. I hit that goal and finished the 6 mile course in 23:10, but didn’t score too well for my team in 93rd out of 99 places. Awesome.
2 days prior to the main event, our star runner was injured. Shit. This dude helped us rake in 600 points last year. Found a solid replacement for him hoping we’d still make a run at it. At the main event, I was scheduled to run the age group 5k and 1/2 mile in the female category. I medaled in those last year and was selfishly looking forward to some more bling. Friday night around 8pm, the night before the event, I found out that one of our other 5 mile competitors was sick. Shit. I didn’t have anyone’s cell to call as a back up. Only option, I was on deck to run the 5 mile now. Cue my own sickness episode. WTF? My stomach started turning over. And over. And over. Repeat 4 more time before I left the house at 6:30am. I was empty but walked out the door preparing to become a full fledged member of Team Shart.
At 7:45am, I started the 5 mile slow because I wasn’t sure what was going to happen. Would I cramp? Would I shit myself? Would I pass out? I decided to stop worrying and just run. So half way I grabbed some water then started picking it up a bit because everything seemed to be settled down. I felt light, probably 4 pounds light actually. The scoring is cross country style so at mile 4 I decided to pick off each runner in front me until I crossed the line. 41:44, 8:20 pace. Not bad for (A) not training surprise and (B) not shitting myself.
Next event for me was golf chipping. Even though I’ve been playing golf, I suck at chipping. No females signed up for this, so we were left with me again as proxy. I rounded up my teammates and we headed over to shoot at targets about 30 yards away. With the early morning stomach issues, I didn’t think to bring my own club to use. I opted for a very lofty wedge from my teammate. Bad choice. I scored 0 points.
We had to wait awhile at the golf chipping for our turn, so right after my last chip, I jogged up to the start of the 5k at 9am with about 30 seconds to rest. I found a fellow teammate in the crowd and started out with her. After about 1 minute, I wanted this run over, so I said “Good luck, I’m going to see if I can go kill myself.” This time I ran 7:57 pace and finished in 24:40. Not sure how I did that other than determination. Preliminary results show I got 2nd in our division, so I should get some bling for that, but since I can only compete in 2 competitive events, I had to give up my shot at 1/2 mile. Darn. Some of my fellow teammates!
I was very happy to be done with my running events of the day and got back to my Captain duties of getting everyone to their events, including myself for Cornhole and Frisbee toss. My team medalled in both of these last year but fell way short this year. Boo. Everyone seemed to have a great time, so it was a good reminder that this event is not just about competition but about team building with your co-workers.
Now you may think this next event was my idea, but it was not. It shows there is some brilliant mind out there with great ideas. You see, one of the events for companies to participate in is a Tug-of-war. Its very entertaining watching grown ups engage in Tug-of-war. What’s even better? Mascot tug-of-war!!!!! Getting their pre-game instructions.
There were lots of mascots at the event, and 8 of them participated in the TOW. I was front row for the action.
Blue from Butler, Firehawk, Firepup and Vincent Bear beat Chase the blue dog, the Lemurs, and Jinx.
Had to get some photos with the winners!
And a loser but a cutie!