Tyranena Beer 1/2 Barrel Review
Saturday November 3rd was the Tyranena Beer 1/2. This race caught my eye because...um.... BEER ...hello. This race is put on the Tyranena brewery in Lake Mills, WI which was about a two hour drive from my house. The race starts at 11:30 a.m. and only has packet pick-up on the day of so it worked out perfectly. We rolled into Lake Mills around 10:15ish to snow. Nothing was sticking but I freaked out for a minute. I am not ready for that yet. We parked (D came along for this one, I had him at beer) right next to the race tent and headed in for my race packet.
I did just fine on the early hills but really felt the hills in the last half when my quads and hamstrings were angry. I came in at 2:09:56 and I was done. I haven't been this tired after a half in awhile. The combination of hills, cold and late start really did a number on me. Oh and the other three halves I ran in the two week prior may have had something to do with the tired feeling. After I came across the finish I had to immediately stop and bend down to take off my timing chip to hand it in. Then I took two steps and came to halt outside the refreshment/ medal tent. And waited around for ten minutes. I have never had this problem before. And I did not like it.
There was an amazing amount of snacks inside the tent- cookies, bananas, bagels, etc. But it was so crowded and loud in there I just wanted to keep moving so after grabbing some water I hightailed it to the medal area and found the hold up. There was one guy all by his lonesome personally putting a medal around every single person's neck and saying congratulations which was super nice and sweet but they need about ten more of him to keep everyone moving.
This aspect of the race did not please me. But medals make me smile every time.
After having a minor freak out in the medal tent we headed back to the big beer tent for lasagna. D and I split up, D grabbed beer and I grabbed some veggie lasagna, salad and a bread stick (you get two beer tickets and a dinner packet in your race packet).
Overall this race was fun and nicely put on. The volunteers were awesome as usual. There were about four aid stations and an informal beer station manned by a family. Overall it was well organized though the slow down at the finish could be made more efficient. The lasagna dinner was delicious and it looked like they had plenty for everyone. If you are looking for a fun race I would recommend this one.
|Should have gone with pants on this one. I had the most awesomely awesome hair for this race. Apparently washing and not drying and styling leads to an interesting race 'do.|
|What the heck give me my medal ....and a cookie.|
|Why is this such a cluster?|
|Sometimes I am such a sexy beast- D you lucky, lucky man you.|
|See this awesome breadstick now look to the right- lady in underwear again- they were everywhere. Why, why is it on the outside. If anyone knows please message me and let me know, it is driving me crazy.|
|Spoils of my war with hills: Sweet medal and nice cotton t-shirt|