Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Vineman Race Report - Part 5

Hugs all around

Friends and family hung around for a little while after the race, sharing hugs and laughing and reveling in the joy of the moment. I tried to eat a little bit of the finisher's food and Kristine handed me a 100,000 Bar, but as hungry as I felt, my stomach was not ready to eat. I hadn't had solid food in eleven hours and I was starving, but I couldn't eat.

After a fashion, we agreed to move the party to a local brewhouse: Russian River Brewing Company in Santa Rosa, home of one of California's best beers - Pliny the Elder. There, we ordered beer and pizza and had a grand old time. I ate very little, but at least I ate something. And after half of a beer, I was buzzed, too.

The crew enjoying a pint

The entire family was completely spent from the long day, so we said our goodbyes, checked into a hotel in Napa and went to bed almost immediately. After all the stress of the week leading up to the race, not sleeping much, the insanity of race morning, the race itself, and the proposal, I was completely spent. I don't think any bed has felt more comfortable than that one did that night.

Ahh... so relaxing.

The next day began early - I raided the hotel breakfast around 7am and then rounded up the family for a big feast at the local IHOP. From there, we went exploring - and by exploring, I mean wine-tasting. It was a beautiful, sunny day of sipping wine, eating good food and celebrating together as a family. It was perfect.

I have a whole bunch of little notes and highlights I'd like to put into writing - hopefully I'll have time for that in the next few days. I also have a bunch of thank-you's and lessons learned - those'll be along soon, too!

But for now, my fingers are even more tired of typing as your eyes are probably of reading, so I'll wrap this one up. Finally. Thanks for reading, everyone

(If you're interested in viewing all of the photos from this album, follow this link.)