Well, the weekend is closer and I had a list of who all was going. Obviously the Mom and I would need a room and KB and MK were sharing one of the other rooms. CK and a couple of my sisters, my niece and my nephew were also coming and needed a room. Then MK has some friends who were also doing the race that may be in need of rooms as well. And if I had enough rooms, I had considered getting my own room, the only reason being that I live alone and generally sleep best when I have my own room.
I got all the information from everyone, when they were coming in and when they were leaving. I thought this would be a simple matter, I was WAY wrong! I would spend the next 5 hours calling people and hotels making arrangements.
MK and KB’s room was pretty easy, I just had to adjust the checkout date to Sunday, they were planning to drive home right after the race. At first I wasn’t an overly big fan of this, the idea of driving for 5 hours post-race sounded horrible, but the more I thought about it, the more I liked the idea. MK was also able to find out that there were showers at eth race venue so we could get cleaned up. Based on that, I planned to checkout Sunday morning as well.
It was going to cost me almost $600 to have my own room, so that’s out! No biggy, Mom and I can share a room and I thought I might even be able to use some hotel points to pay for part of it! That alone took over an hour to get handled, but Mom and I have a room and used my points to help save on the cost.
Next MK’s friends decided to take all 3 of the rooms I have at the other hotel. I had to call the hotel and get the rooms moved to their names which was about as simple as the average Space Shuttle launch! Apparently giving someone else my rooms required 2 forms of ID, a background check and a blood sample! OK, clearly it wasn’t that bad, but the guy at the hotel made it seem that way!
Then came the real kicker! Due to another commitment, CK and company would not be coming in until Saturday and would be leaving Sunday after the race. The hotel wouldn’t let me have a room for just one night!! After going round and round with the idiots at the hotel about this I finally had to call CK and explain to her the situation. I was able to get her a room about 45 minutes away from the race. This worked fine for her, but I was more than a little disappointed at the fact I wouldn’t see them until race day.
Five hours after I started, I felt more like an abused travel agent that a potential Ironman, but everyone had rooms. Having said that, it’s every man for himself on the next one!