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Crescent City Classic - Run10k

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New Orleans, Louisiana
United States
85F / 29C
Total Time = 2h 11m 31s
Overall Rank = /
Age Group =
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Pre-race routine:

DISCLAIMER! There was no intention of taking this race seriously! Congrats to the serious BT competitors in this race! Great job!
Woke up at 5:30 and tried on about 3 different pairs of shorts before I decided on a pair of Adidas running shorts. Got my bathing suit top on and was ready to go! Tri's are much easier to dress for than this! (I decided to put my grass skirt on just before the race...didn't want to "water the lawn" in a porta-potty! Coffee and a Clif Bar and drove out to the bus pickup.
Event warmup:

After the bus dropped us off at Canal street, Angel (Mrs. Bear), Haley (Comet), Aaron (JeepFleeb), Jeremy (jjweav) and Haley's aunt, mom and cousin and I walked about a half mile to the race start. Aaron and Haley were already decked out in their Hawaiian garb, so it was hilarious to look at the people staring at Aaron's jiggling water breasts! I've been a spectator at the CCC before and there weren't very many people dressed up this year. Pretty disappointing. We met up with John (the Bear) and Joel (TriPirate) and got hula'd out! While we were getting dressed, a camera crew with the tourism board asked if they could interview us for a New Orleans tourism video. I guess they couldn't see our GRASS SKIRTS, because that's what we're really known for around here...grass skirts. After an Abita Beer toast and the National Anthem, we were on our way...
  • 2h 11m 31s
  • 10 kms
  • 13m 09s  min/km
Comments: Cafe' Du Monde for beignets! Hell, we had to carbo load, right? After Haley took her obligatory pee in public behind Cafe' Du Monde, we had the thankless task of filling up Joel's bra with ice cold water. He was obviously jealous of Aaron's perky breasts, so we tried to do him proud. Off we go again!
By this point we were approaching the START line (no shit!) and someone told us Mayor Ray Nagin, Chocolate City himself, was standing at the start line! My eyes welled up with tears to think how proud Derek would have been at this moment to be standing next to his Willy Wonka idol!
I was really lucky to find a woman named Barbara who works at my nursing home. This was her first ever road race and I was afriad she and I wouldn't be able to find each other and she'd have to walk alone. She didn't know what she was in for!
By this time we were out of beer (pity!) and I had to pee. Stopped at the porta-john (I am NOT peeing in the middle of downtown New Orleans!), applied some Body Glide and we were off again in search of alcohol, um, hydration! Didn't find an open bar for another mile or so and stopped in for mimosas, screwdrivers and bloody mary's, oh yeah, and pee in the GAYEST bar I've ever seen! Shirtless boy toys at 9:00AM...niiiice!
Met up with another aid station giving out free beer (the Beast!)
All the while we had some really great supporters cheering the Hula Crew on. The walk up Esplanade was really great. Lots of shade, lots of laughs, lots of people taking pictures of us the whole way. I even got a dog lei'd!(heh)
Stopped for Sunny D mimosas (damn good!) courtesy of Noot's friend and I would say by that time we were getting pretty well hydrated!
The rest of the walk was peppered with multiple pee breaks in front of schools (Haley) and behind trees (Aaron, Joel and Barbara) and photo ops in front of the museum fountain, in the swings, and with Aaron's coveted American flag. Crossed the finish line together which was really an awesome way to cap off a slow-ass walk!
What would you do differently?:

Have Derek not work. :(
Other than that, absolutely nothing. All I kept thinking about was how I trained for this race 2 years ago, but fell off my training and never did make it to race day. At the time, I was taking this race and myself far too seriously and decided that if I wasn't going to run it, it wasn't even worth it to show up. How stupid.
I am so glad I did this race before we move out of the city! I walked, but I walked with friends and had a blast! No regrets!
Post race
Warm down:

Porta-john, a couple Abita Ambers and met the rest of the BT crew (H13, JoannH13, Mrs. Bear, the Bear, jjweav) in the bleachers to rest and trade race stories.
Left the stadium and got a roast beef poboy from my neighborhood poboy shop (got more than a few stares at my still-present grass skirt!). Then got my belly button pierced while waiting for Aaron and Joel's tatoos. The belly button thing is something I've wanted to do (again) ever since I've lost weight. Yes,, don't regret it! :) That night Aaron, Haley, Derek and I went to dinner at Jacque-Imo's. Good conversation, great food and the BEST company!
(Missed you, Jeremy and Joel!)

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Was it the beer, the mimosas or the beignets? No, I think it was the multiple pee-breaks!

Event comments:

It was so great to see the Louisiana BT bunch again! I will always feel so fortunate to have met such wonderful people through BT.

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Last updated: 2006-04-16 12:00 AM
02:11:31 | 10 kms | 13m 09s  min/km
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/
Performance: Good
Are you kidding? The only time my heart rate went up was when I was in the porta-john, trying to pee as fast as I could so the gang wouldn't leave me behind!
Course: Start on Decatur St. in front of Jax Brewery, continue on N. Peters, right on Poydras, right on N. Rampart, left on Esplanade, wind around City Park, finish in front of Tad Gormley stadium.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Too much
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5]
Physical exertion [1-5]
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 5

2006-04-16 7:13 PM

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McKinney, TX
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2006-04-16 7:25 PM
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New Orleans
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Lesson learned. Why I bothered to actually run when I could have just strapped on a skirt and had a hell of a lot more fun. But then again, someone had to give Haley a fresh beer before she crossed the finish line! You guys were awesome. Hope we can do it again.
2006-04-16 8:56 PM
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McKinney, TX
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2006-04-16 9:09 PM
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Freaking awesome!!

2006-04-17 8:20 AM
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Nags Head,
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What-up sorry about dinner....Got stuck with frat brothers and by the time they/we made a decision it was late and I bolted for the trailer....Anyway it was a GREAT time and I look forward to meeting up with ya'll at future serious events and the not so serious ones too.
2006-04-17 1:54 PM
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Covington (New Orleans), La
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I'm so glad you decided to get out there and just have a great time! I am looking forward to IMFL being behind us so we can take our training a little less seriously and go out to events like this sometimes and just let loose.  Looks like you still finished with a pretty good time considering the recreational pit stops

2006-04-17 3:08 PM
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