I woke up at about 6:15, thinking it only takes twenty minutes to get there and it shouldn't be crowded. Wrong! I knew something was up when I saw that my friend Christy had already checked me in there on Facebook at 6:30. I hurried out the door, miraculously remembering everything I needed after going back in for water and a granola bar, and started the drive. Not much traffic that early on a Saturday morning, however, when I approached the zoo, cars were backed up in the right lane to turn into the zoo parking lot. Well, it turns out it was full, but they had no one in the street telling people such. I had missed the group photo at this point - sorry, Phil, I have a terrible time reading directions! I finally saw a parking attendant and he said they were directing people back to the main road (and into presumably more traffic). I was nervous at this point that I wouldn't be there on time (too late!), so I drove through the lot once more, hoping to find somewhere in which to squeeze. I did...I parallel parking next to a car length section of curb, and made my way to the main gate.
We all have the same shirts, so it was easy to spot my friends. Christy had my number already, and told me to get in line if I wanted a chip (for timing). I got my chip, hit the bathroom (hello, unattached toilet seat) and met up with the rest of the team, where Phil scolded me for missing the photo. I pretty much had about 15 - maybe 20 - minutes between getting my bib from Christy and the start of the race.