Sunday, May 17th 2009
Immediately following BikeJam, Dr. K and Tank participated in a beer mile with our runner/triathlete friends in the Raven's Stadium parking lot off Ostend under 395 (I think). For those of you not familiar with the format of the race you drink 1 beer and run 1/4 of a mile. Repeat 4 times. You can't drink and run at the the same time. Costumes are encouraged. Failure to keep the beer down results in a penalty lap of another beer and another 1/4 mile.
The runners and triathletes were in the first heat and were pretty impressive with a Arjun going 7:30, and Brennan going 8 min and most everyone being under 10 min. Costumes included a Ben in a panama hat and sweatsuit, Jen in a purple skinsuit and a smattering of short shorts.
Tank, Dr. K and I were in our own "cyclist heat". Tank hadn't run in 6 months since his marathon and was clad in running shorts and a tank top. Dr K. has allegedly run 10 miles in the last 9 years and was running in a pair of vans and a pair of electric orange shorts that materialized out of nowhere. I busted out my old college trisuit to complete the motly crew.
Tank and Dr. K were much faster drinkers than me but since I run once a week I wasn't as "wobbly" on land as they were. Turns out that didn't matter. On the first 2 cans they put about 45 sec on me but I made up most of it on the run. However, on lap 3 I discovered that I can hold EXACTLY 3 cans of beer in my stomach - no more. In hindsight the PowerBar ProteinMAX bar I ate 30 min before the race was probably a bad idea.
The results was strangely reminiscent of bike race. Tank and Dr. K shot off ahead while everyone else yelled "come on Alex - don't get lapped don't get lapped!". I got lapped but they were not pulling anyone that day and had to finish. So I did finally find room for that 4th but I think I did so by topping off my esophagus. Dr. K and Tank came in sprinting in at 8:11 and 8:16 while I staggered cross-eyed over the line at 13 something minutes. I sadly clocked the slowest time of the day - several minutes behind even a puking Ben.
It was a good day.
(Thanks to Ryan for the pics)