i survived! i actually did better than i thought i would. i also got my period that morning, got lost, and it rained so hard that i ended up with blistered feet (forgot dry socks!) and wearing five hundred pounds of waterlogged clothing.
i am totally, and completely amazed. it was hard, but the nap i had after the race was sublime, and eating pizza later that afternoon i felt all blissed out and happy. the o'neals were excellent hosts, as always, and while i'm glad to be home with my people, i still think we all live too far away from each other.
photos and details to come! right now i'm going to go soak my poor feets, which are swollen to an obscene extreme, but oddly enough, the only part of me that hurts. my legs, my back, my hips, all still feel rad. i was better prepared in some ways, not so much in others, i guess. i had to buy some old man slippers yesterday because my feet were literally too big for all my shoes. oh, you should see them. they are a sad, sad sight.