I know it is not the best thing to do
at a race, but due to the weather it was a necessity. The Brooks pants, CW-X tights, new Underarmor socks, Garmin 405 watch and the Brooks Nightlife jacket were all new gear. Many had been gifts that I had not gotten to use yet. The Garmin 405 watch probably gave me the most problems just trying to get it to work and trying to learn to read it. It did take me a little getting use to but finally got the hang of it. The clothing all worked as advertised an I was very comfortable during the whole race. The only time I was cold was standing around at the starting line waiting for the race to begin.
I literally got home from the race, through the tights off and jumped in the minivan to go to the birthday party for one of my son’s classmates. I spent the afternoon with him and the rest of the family roller skating. It took a while to get my legs after at least 30 years of not having skates on. But I did pretty well. The family as a whole really enjoyed it. My son wanted, no needed to do it by himself after a while and wanted to at least do a few laps around the rink without falling down. He made and was very proud of himself. My daughter was the same way and was off on her own just skating away. Sounds like we will be doing a lot more skating in the future. I think my legs were more tired from skating that the race. I forgot how heavy these are.