Saturday Tim and I drove to Atlanta after a few hours of work and managed to time it perfectly with the end of the St. Patrick's Day parade. Not my finest moment. Turns out parades and city traffic don't mix well. Aside from that last mile which took 45 minutes we were fine and arrived at the oh so swanky Days Inn in Downtown Atlanta. Just kidding, the hotel was pretty crappy but for $70 and a five minute walk to the start and finish I'll deal with it.
Because we were later than planned I basically sprinted to the expo - totally unnecessary. There was no line at packet pick up and no line when I went to the solutions desk (to switch from the full to the half). YES. That was my biggest fear about a race of this size and it was totally fine. Then I caught sight of the Cho-Mobile giving out free Greek yogurt:
Heaven. I met up with Lindsay from Chobani who hooked me up with some yogurt to take home. Being the genius I am, I accepted a bagful and then realized we didn't have a fridge in the room. No problem - I just tossed them in the room's rubbish bin and kept topping it up with ice. Not letting my Cho go to waste.
Here's Lindsay and I with Julie who stopped by to say hi and ran the half today:
Tim and I met up with Suz and Allan and we headed over to the first restaurant outside of the convention center. My kind of people. None of this walking around saying, "no really, where do YOU want to go?"
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The restaurant we went to was TacoMac which (apparently) is known for having over 130 beers on tap. I had a sip of one. Happy St. Patrick's Day, indeed. While the guys were pondering the extensive beer list Suz and I were actually more exited about the big coke machine. Have you seen one of those before? It serves over 100 different types of soda and I was such a tourist. At least I asked the waitress politely if I was allowed to take photos. She laughed - which I took as a yes.
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I ordered a pulled turkey burger with coleslaw and sweet potato fries. Next time - skip the burger and just order three orders of fries. They were amazing.
Post meal we walked around to find the start corrals. I get a little obsessive about being late to races so I wanted to know exactly how long it would take to walk. It was five minutes. I overestimated by roughly 30 minutes.
Any guesses what I did on St. Patrick's Day in Atlanta after the sun went down? If you guessed watched reruns of Jeopardy on the hotel television then you are as sad as I am and should try to get out more.
Do you show up to races with plenty of time to spare or 2 minutes before the start?
If it's me on my own then I basically help them set up, it's that early. Tim makes me wait and show up a reasonable time (usually so he can sleep in longer.)
Sweet potato fries or regular?
Stupid question. No contest. Remember those SAT vocab questions? Well, here's one for you:
Q: Sweet potato fries are to regular potato fries what champagne is to: ?
A: Boxed wine. Really, really old boxed wine.