You can plan and spreadsheet and boss your TypeZ & rookie friends around all day long, but don’t forget to take time for yourself. IMO my biggest flaw as captain was not being selfish enough and properly planning for MY running. While an admirable quality (and not necessarily one I exhibit regularly), selflessness DOES NOT belong in a relay van. Support and teamwork, YES, but balance it with your “I need ___” mindset. It is absolutely crucial to take care of yourself – you crack, team cracks. The saying “sum of the parts are greater than the whole” is spot-on for relay success.
Don’t let a flatlander review the elevation charts. To me, an overpass is a “hill”, and 20 milers routinely have less than 200 mi elevation CHANGE. So when something “says __hundred-feet-gain over __mi” don’t expect any comprehension of effort requirement.
An unseasonable cold front swept Vegas and OH YEAH we started on a mountain – plan for the conditions. And remember you can’t control them and everyone else is dealing with the freezing/30mph winds/etc you are. Deal with it.
Olympians look good in jorts.
Nick Symmonds as part of Team Never Nudes, who won a contest hosted by Ragnar to “run with an Olympian” (source)
It pains me to say, but the “__(plug in your city here)__” race template was so obvious after seeing SoCal & Vegas in comparison to Hood to Coast and hearing about small east-coast relays from Lauren. Might be time to explore new relay adventures.
also, why no branded ultra gear, Ragnar? it’s a valid team type with it’s own registration and fee. the least you could do is make some merch with “x6 runners” on it
YES, THERE WILL BE MORE RELAYING. Even though I had arguably 3 of my worst runs of my life (epic foreshadowing) I had an amazing time this weekend. So great. Better than planned. We’ve got the experience under our belt to know how to plan and execute well, and such an amazing group of running friends that are always willing to put themselves in a stinky sleepless van at the drop of a text/email/gchat mention not to.
This weekend was about as close to perfection as possible. Zero drama, very few logistical hiccups, and we ran our asses off. PLUS I’m pretty sure we all still like each other as much if not more than we did Thursday.
I mean, if Brian didn’t pack up and move out after getting yelled at to “get back in the fucking van!” when he came out to run the second half of my night run with me I guess we’re all doing alright.
Proper recap as soon as Ragnar gets their damn results posted. [insert rant I’ve already vented to twitter 10x here]