The Day Before The Race

Before we get into the Tink recap/review let’s discuss events leading up to the race. I could have easily not run at all and you will know why momentarily. Well, maybe not momentarily- this post is kinda long.


Saturday we rounded up the troops and headed to the OC. I figured it would be easier to stop by the expo before checking into the hotel. It was held at the Disneyland Hotel and was super organized. We got there around 11:30ish and had no problem parking and walking right in.

We walked around and checked out the vendors. Luna Bar had a lot of little bite sized bars they were handing out and we got a cup of yogurt from Oikos. There was the usual booths (iFitness, insoles, gels, the stick, etc) and some cute Disney themed ones. The kids got “pixie dusted” and we ended up with 48 hours worth of glitter. They loved it.

After doing the once around we headed to our hotel to get checked in before driving to Irvine for a Ragnar meeting!

I used trusty old Priceline and we ended up at Hotel Menage.

For $90 for the night the place is pretty nice. Room slept the 4 of us, good restaurant on site, a really nice pool/spa with an outdoor bar/lounge and it’s only .25 walk to the front gate of Disney. It is $10 to park overnight, but that is still cheaper than at the park itself. Bonus: there was a shuttle stop there that took me to the start of the race.

We literally threw our stuff into the room and headed out to Mason Park in Irvine to meet up with Team “So Much Cooler Online” to start getting organized for our Race in April.

OUAL is our head honcho and is very organized. If I was in charge we would be “Team Disaster.” Fact.

We talked serious business. Like how to battle a coyote on a dirt trail and how totally smelly we will be after 24 hours of awesomeness. Oh, and little things like vans, food, volunteers. No biggie.

I am so excited for this race. We have a great group (we missed those of you that couldn’t make it) and I know we are going to have a blast this April!

After hanging out with these cool chicas we headed back to the hotel to hang poolside and get some R&R before an early call on Sunday morning. What was supposed to be an awesome afternoon of sun and swim turned into a scare.

My 4-year-old ended up in the deep end, under water, not able to get to the surface. I had turned my back for literally 10 seconds to make sure my daughter was ok when he jumped in the pool to play with kids. He didn’t realize that it was the deepest part of the pool when he did it. I didn’t know he jumped in. I turned around and saw towel on the ground and no little boy. I literally ran to the side of the pool, saw him underwater and jumped in to get him. It was horrifying to see him underwater struggling the way he was. Thank the lord it was only for 10 seconds or so but it felt like a lifetime. My husband came running but by then I had him up out of the pool and we got him taken care of.

We had a very long talk about not going into the pool without a parent and the importance of learning to be a strong swimmer. I felt horrible as if I did something wrong and it made for a very long night. It’s one of those things as a parent that you replay over and over again in your head. Water safety is no joke- so glad everything turned out to be a-ok.

I think I finally fell asleep right before midnight…that 3:35 am alarm came way to soon.

23 thoughts on “The Day Before The Race

  1. Similar thing happened to me at 4 years old. My mother realized it quickly and retrieved me but I had swallowed quite a bit of water. I guess that’s one of the reasons lots of parents don’t want to buy a house with a pool. Scary!

    1. Totally! And when you are 4, even if you know how to doggy paddle you panic and can’t do anything! He was terrified and I felt like craptastic mom of the year.

      No pool for us- ocean is good enough until the mini’s have their swim down.

  2. Oh goodness. So scary about your son. One of the families on our oldest son’s swim team lost their 2 year-old daughter on December 19th. She drowned in their family swimming pool after everyone went inside for lunch over Christmas break (They have 10 kids). They think the dog may have accidentally knocked her in. Mom looked around while serving lunch and asked where she was… Probably took less than 5 minutes for the whole thing to happen.

    The funeral was absolutely heartbreaking.

    Stay safe and teach your kiddos to swim as soon as you can just in case they ever fall in again!

    On a lighter note, glad you had a great race and looking forward to hearing more about it!!

  3. So glad to hear that everyone is okay. The Ragnar is something I am very interested in doing. If your team needs a “back up” teammate, I’ll be there : )

  4. Oh man, so scary!!! My heart was in my throat just reading that, it must have been so so frightening for you… though probably more so afterwards, once the adrenaline of the mom to the rescue moment wore off… I think that is probably my biggest fear about being a mom–just all the scary moments like that. I’m glad he was okay and that everything worked out.

    The rest of the day seems like it was a blast! What a fun group to run with and what a fun race! I’m seriously going to do all the disneyland races once we have kids to take with us! What a fun excuse to go to the happiest place on earth and get pixie dusted!!! šŸ™‚

    1. You are so right! I don’t even remember if the pool was cold! Mommy rescue mission was in full effect šŸ™‚

      Yes, you NEED to come run Disney once baby re-run is here!!! SO FUN!

  5. Thank God that you noticed right away! What an opportunity for you to teach him about pool safety. He’s probably at the age where he will remember the experience, and I’m sure he will be looking out for his friends or sister when ya’ll go swimming again. Glad the rest of your day/weekend went well.

    1. Yes, if I would not have noticed it could have turned out far worse. I just kept thinking to myself thank god I didn’t have to perform CPR on him. It would take a long time to get over that.

  6. How scary for you. It’s disturbing how fast things like that can happen. I can only imagine how that made you a nervous wreck the rest of the day.

    Can’t wait to hear about the race!

  7. Oh my goodness, that is completely terrifying! I am SO glad your son is okay! I can’t even imagine what that must have been like for you!

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