This post will be a recap of my days leading up to HTC. Part 2 will be the main event!
I was up and at it at 3:45am so I could catch my 0-dark-thirty flight from DC to Long Beach and then onto Seattle. I arrived in Seattle around 1 and was quickly retrieved by Megan from Nuun and driven to the hotel where the team would be staying for the first couple of nights. After dropping off my bags I met up with some of my teammates that were just finishing up lunch at a brewpub. From there, we headed to Pike Place Market because that's what you do when you're in Seattle. We even made a quick contribution to the disgustingly famous "Gum Wall" under the market.
|Pike Place - Jim, Rachel, Elisabeth, Susie, Lauren, Sean and Melissa|
(Photo Credit: Rachel)
|Adding our gum to the wall|
|Part of Team Wild Berry Van Deuce - Megan, Amanda and Rachel|
No sleeping in for this team. At 8:30 we were all down in the hotel lobby getting ready for a team shakeout run along the Seattle waterfront. Having to deal with the summertime heat and humidity of DC, the cool Seattle morning made for a pleasant run. The run was great and definitely got me more excited for HTC! Greeting us upon our return from the run were boxes of delicious Top Pot Doughnuts. I had a huge boston cream doughnut and immediately filled myself with all the calories I had just burned and probably some more, just for good measure.
After the Brooks tour we headed to Pyramid Alehouse for lunch and some tasty brews. Following lunch we had some free time before decorating our vans over at Nuun so I followed Susie, Melissa, and Lauren on a mission to find a Target to get some last minute race items. After Target we went to Storyville Coffee at Pike Place Market. We thought about going to Starbucks because they are so rare in Seattle, but I think we made the right choice.
|Coffee at Storyville with Lauren, Melissa and Susie (behind camera)|
|Wild Berry Van Deuce!|
|Van Deuce showing off our Wild Faces! - Megan, Amanda, Vishal, Rachel, Liz, and Kevin|
|The Nuun HTC Crew|