Her voicemail went a little like this:
"Heatherit'sLaurencallmebackASAPthereissomethingINEEDtotalktoyouaboutsomethingIreallywanttodoandIneedyoutodo itwithme (insert quick breath) okaysocallmeback!
I immediately begin worrying about what she could possibly NEED me to do with her...so I call her back and she asks me "D0 you want to do the Dirty Duo with me?"
Excuse me say what? The dirty duo...absolutely not...after hearing a little more about this and realizing it was a race I decided "what the heck...why not?"
Lauren explained to me that it was going to be a 6 mile partner race that includes running, biking, obstacles, and a mud pit at the finish line. This sounded doable and at the very least fun...even though I haven't ridden a bike since middle school.
So Lauren and I decide to register a few days later, and while reading the fine print I notice that we will need to wear a helmet for the entirety of the race. So yes...we were going to have to run in helmets. Oh, but don't worry it gets better...I kept reading and it says we will need to wear the helmet because the obstacles may require extra safety...WTF? I immediately started regretting my decision to sign up for this race with her...but she was looking at me with sad puppy dog eyes and I didn't have the heart to back out. We finally got registered and there was no going back...and I then realized we were going to need a bike...like I said I don't have a bike, and haven't ridden one since middle school...which as scary as this is to admit was almost 15 years ago! Lauren tells me not to worry because her parents are going to get her a bike as an early birthday gift and we can use hers, and that I am welcome to ride it for training purposes before the race.
As far as training goes, I run just about every day and I wasn't at all worried about my 3 miles of running for the race...it was more the biking I was concerned with. A few days after Lauren got her bike she offered to let me ride it...so I ran to her house (which is luckily just over 2 miles away) and hopped on the bike to ride it back to my house. Well, let's just say I am not the sturdiest or most confident on a bike...I teetered and tottered just trying to get the bike going, and had a very difficult time staying on the sidewalk or even riding straight. Turning was a whole other issue in itself...I took VERY wide turns :) I finally made it home and felt very accomplished, dragged the bike in my house and set her up for the ride back the next day. Come to find out, my bottom is not used to riding bikes and the next morning it was rather painful to walk, to sit, to stand...basically to do anything...let alone ride a bike. However, I promised I would have her bike back that next morning so she would be able to go for a ride...let's just say that was the most horrific 2 miles of my life! I dropped the bike off and let Lauren know that I would not be riding the bike EVER again...at least not until race day!!
Race day finally arrived and I was dreading the bike portion of the race...my bottom was begging me to never sit on that bike seat again...but there was no way out of it, we HAD to alternate running and biking!! The good news was Lauren had bought a gel seat cover, so it was actually a little bit better.
Alright, I know I got a little winded with my post and I will spare you any more of the boring details...and I will just get on with the fun part...the pictures!! Even though I whined and complained about riding a bike the Dirty Duo was a blast. I am so glad I let Lauren talk me into the race and I cannot wait to do it again next year!
Our day didn't start out too promising...first we struggled getting the bike out of Lauren's trunk...and then it started to rain, and then came the lightening!! We sat in the car for over an hour HOPING that we would still be able to race!
We've decided that we look REALLY good in helmets!