RACE START DELAYED UNTIL 11:30 PM
|The view from the alley.|
Yesterday was also a day of rest. It started with a trip to the local pastry shop where I got a pain du chocolate which I even ordered speaking it in French. After breakfast Grettel and Birger, my hostel mates and I had gone out for a couple of easy miles running around town and in the forest to burn off some anxiety. Afterwards it was lunch, rest and planning our pre-race pasta dinner. We ventured up to the local market and did our best trying to understand the local methods. Cheese you order in wedges, meats are by the kilograms. You can also buy beer, wine and liquor at the local market. After a successful shopping trip it was time for more rest. Before dinner, we decided to visit the local drinking establishment. About 30 meters from the hostel is the Savoy Bar. Perfect for an afternoon local draft. Meanwhile Oliver was back at the hostel preparing the coals for grilling dinner.
|The Savoy Bar|
Grettel, Birger and I enjoyed the sites along the Rue as we sipped the local draft before heading back to the hostel. Dinner consisted of of course pasta but with grilled legumes mixed in as well as Ricotta cheese. Along with the pasta was grilled chicken, ribs, salad, bread and cheese. Bread and cheese goes with every meal here. Afterwards we enjoyed Toberlone chocolate. We all filled up in anticipation of the 6:30 PM race start figuring that was our last full meal. Later in evening I received some emails from friends warning of the nasty weather approaching and a possible delay or re-route. Prior to bed I finally got myself organized for the race. This race is a little more challenging as you have one pack you are allowed to carry throughout with many obligatory items. In addition, there is only one place to drop a bag so if you have any special need items, you need to carry them for at least half the race before you get your bag. And I'm not quite sure what they will have at the aid stations. Nick mentioned wine and beer but not sure if I will indulge in that during the race, we'll have to see how I feel. Finally by 1:00 AM I had done enough and was off to bed.
Friday Morning- Race Day: I checked the early morning weather report. It still looked nasty with no major changes. I received a couple of emails from friends finally confirming the race delay until 11:30 PM. After a nice breakfast and some more organizing for the race I decided to get in a couple of easy miles touring around the town and the rec path along the river.
|The river along the rec path|
After that it was back to the hostel for lunch and more relaxation waiting for the 11:30 PM race start.
Hopefully there will be no more delays and we'll be off and running on an adventure in the mountains next!