|Jim & I at the expo - there were several cars around|
Messing Around the Expo
|Pace Car (I think)|
|Jim met some adoring fans|
|Two crazy turkeys|
|Caution driver with one hand!|
|Beautiful shot from Downtown|
The weather was supposed to be rainy and cold, so I had packed long pants and a long sleeve shirt, but also brought capri pants and a t-shirt - or so I thought. The forecast changed, and looked like temps would be in the low 60s with no rain so I knew the pants would be too hot, but somehow I managed to not get my capris in my bag......argh. Luckily we were literally staying across the street from the expo and it was open until 9pm. So at 8:30 we headed over and I'm pretty sure I found the last pair of black capri pants size medium in the place!
So if racing in my condition wasn't bad enough, I was also going to break running rule #1 - Never race in anything you've never worn before. Oh well...that's how it goes sometimes.
|Police walking the Mini in full gear|
|Crowds lining the street going into the Speedway|
|Running around the Speedway track...this is at mile 7 and look at all the people. Just shows how big the race was|
The race started at 7:30, but I was in Corral P, so I started about 12 minutes later. I finally crossed the timing mat and started running. I had worried about whether my wrist would hurt, but immediately I realized it wouldn't be the issue. I had a huge, deep purple bruise on my left hip about the size of a grapefruit. Every time my left foot hit the ground it shot a shock wave of pain through me. I immediately thought, "Man I don't think I can do this". It hurt, but I kept telling myself it would eventually go away, and it did about MILE FREAKING 7! All through the race I was very protective of my arm, just trying to avoid getting bumped because I had the wrist injury, but also some nasty road rash on that arm.
|Press Box at the Speedway|
Jim somehow managed to find me after the race in the crazy post race festival. He had done great and set a new PR! We hung out for a short time at the post race and then headed back to the hotel for showers and some lunch! We had a great weekend in Indy and experienced a great race. I would highly recommend this race to anyone. I didn't give a lot of race detail but below are some of the highlights:
|Shirt, hat and medal|
In other news, I just got back from the Dr about my wrist. I got some good news, and some inconclusive news.
My wrist is not broken, that's good.
What I still don't know is whether I have a sprain or ligament damage. The only way to tell if it's ligament damage for sure is through and MRI, but my Dr wanted to wait it out a bit longer. So, in the meantime she is treating it as a bad sprain with bone bruising. I am to ice it and keep taking anti-inflammatories and wearing a wrist splint. I go back in 3 weeks. If it's much better then we'll know it's a sprain. If not, than it will be an MRI and possibly surgery....but I'm not going there yet. I am having happy positive thoughts that it's just a sprain and I'll be good as new in a few weeks! In the meantime, no biking or swimming :( .....but at least I can run!