The week before Boston: taper, travel and hotel woes

The week prior to April 20th was a real doozy. Not only did I have to finish off a final paper for my present MA course, but in addition to getting ready to fly to Boston I also had to shore up several details for my current big work project. I’m glad it was a few easy runs as a taper for the race. It’s a little bit anti-climactic, since I’m writing this a couple days after the race, and as such, I know how it went. I’ll cover that in a race report I write shortly after this.

I’m also going to document my travels here, as getting to Boston ended up taking a little longer than expected and rest prior to the race was almost non-existent. The travel day to Boston is all part of the pre-race week, so I’ll include it here. Since my taper is so mundane, you can find the details at the end of this post, below the travel log and hotel woes.

Getting to Boston

We left Friday, April 17th on a Continental Flight at 8am PST to Houston. Yes, I said Houston, Continental’s main hub. While not the most efficient routing from Vancouver to Boston, we redeemed Air Miles and this was the flight that best suited our time frame, particularly given that I wanted to be in Boston at least a couple days ahead of the race. Two hours at the airport, a four and a half hour flight to Houston, a three hour layover and another four hours to Boston, plus at least an hour getting our bags and cabbing it to the hotel added up to about 14 hours of expected travel time.

Leaving on an 8am flight meant getting up at 5am to leave for the airport at 6am. We arrived about 6:20, which was probably a little tight for an international flight. However, while we didn’t have much time between customs and boarding, it all worked out pretty well. Everything was fine until we were about an hour out of Houston. Heavy rain and a coming thunder storm meant we had to circle south to San Antonio and then circle a little more as we were re-routed twice. We finally arrived about an hour late and were the last plane allowed to land as they waited for the storm to pass. Apparently this does happen quickly near the Gulf of Mexico and we ended up delayed about three hours in total.

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