Monday, February 11, 2008

From the Race Front: GEORGE VELASCO

On last weekend's Rocky Raccoon Race in Huntsville, TX

What surprised you most about the race?
Many things surprised me…the weather, how well organized the race was, how much of the course was run-able and how many people I knew.

What advice helped you achieve your goal?
I followed all my coach’s advice except for her instructions about food and salt…and I paid for it!

Did you meet any new friends on the course?
Yes, I met new friends and I must have known about 80 people there, so I got re-meet old friends, too. It was an inspiration a blast and fun to see all the Dreamchasers zooming all over the place, most of them smiling.

Is there something you learned that you'll use in future races (good, bad, or ugly!)
I learned you never stop learning and that sometimes a fast course is not easy!!

Any words of advice for others thinking about doing an ultra?
Rocky Raccoon is a great course for new people coming into the sport-and listen, listen to your coach ormentor.


Lisa Smith-Batchen said...

My friend..thanks for all your help!
sorry we both landed sick!

MDS here you come...

Anonymous said...

Great job, Buddy!! Can't wait for laughs at MDS!! You always make me smile out there! Kira :)

Larry said...

It was great to see you since I saw you last at WS. I enjoyed seeing you and visiting with you out on the course and it was great seeing your smiling face at the finish. Until next time. All the best!

m said...

George is the man responsible for my finishing... when I was at my absolute worst at RR and thought "I'm just going to slog the rest of the way..." all of a sudden I spotted George in the distance and I was so happy.

After walk/jogging with George, listening to all the stories (my God that man has seen a lot) I completely forgot about my feet and was having a good time again.

Even 40 miles into the race he still had a sense of humor. When a volunteer asked "what would you like?" George deadpanned "three dancing horses and some beautiful girls" (or something to that effect... it was funny at the time.)

He was the one that really got me going after I had settled on just plodding the rest of the way. "You're doing great-- keep it up and you'll qualify for western states." Of course I had no desire to run Western States, but George inspired me with a goal, and I think that's really what got me over the finish line.

THANKS GEORGE! Now I know why Leigh always runs with you.

Laurie said...

you are such a ray of sunshine. thanks for being a huge part of a great weekend. you always go the extra mile - both on and off the trails. looking forward to MDS!
feel better,

leigh said...

so glad that you decided to go Geroge! you brighten so many lives! Lei Lei