We had no idea what to expect. In retrospect, it would have been good for us to do some "relay specific" training to prepare for this unique challenge.
So before I give my race report, I thought I would share my training plan for Blue Ridge Relay rookies.
The Running-Down Blue Ridge Relay Training Plan
- Rent a van, and park it in your driveway. Dump the contents of your recycling bin and garbage can inside of it. Add a few days of dirty laundry and mix well. Put a humidifier inside and let it run.
- Get a box of food. It does not matter what it is, because you won't want to eat it.
- Rent a porta-john and put it next to the van. Request one that is already full and not cleaned yet.
- Get an old pair of sunglasses and scratch up the lenses with sandpaper. These will be worn at night and in the morning to simulate fog.
- Assemble your team of 4-12 people, and sit in the van for several hours.
- Wait until the first person closes their eyes and starts to fall asleep.
- Immediately drive 3-10 miles away, and pull over on the side of a busy interstate with cars flying by at 80 miles an hour.
- Push the sleeping person out of the van and tell them to run back.
- Return the van to the driveway and wait until the runner finds their way back. Return to step #6 another 35 times.
- If you don't live in the mountains, you will need to simulate the 13% inclines/declines by pounding your legs with a rubber mallet.
Next up... 2010 Blue Ridge Relay Race report!