The Storm: IMWI 2016

18 Sep

Sunday morning! Race day!!  I got up at 3:45 to eat breakfast and then went back to bed until 5.  I didn’t sleep but tried to relax.

We were out the door at 5:30 sharp.  The logistics to getting to and from the lake/Terrace were difficult in my opinion.  Everything was so spread out.  I knew my 10 minutes of transition time would be a stretch goal.  Dan dropped me off, and I had no idea where to go first.  I saw 2 people walking with bags then they split off. I followed the one that had the special needs bags.  I dropped them off and met Erin, who I knew would be volunteering at the run special needs, I didn’t think there was any way I would find her but I did. It was fun meeting her and chatting for a few minutes.

I went to my bike to fill my aero bottle and put my nutrition on it.  I hadn’t gotten ribbon or sunscreen for my gear bags when I dropped them off the day before so I went into those 2 rooms and did that. Erin had told me to head down to the lake at 6:30.  I headed outside, there was too many people everywhere in the Terrace and I didn’t really know where to go.  I put on my wetsuit and walked toward the lake.

Oh man, how did I get here. I was about to start my 5th Ironman race. I vowed to never do a mass start after Whistler.  What was I getting myself into!!!

Got into the corral in a good spot. Happened to see Jon, Steph, and Laura. It was perfect. Not sure how we found each other! I think our toes hit the water at about 6:49.  We definitely didn’t want to be in there that early. But it was what it was!!

Swim: 1:10:10 // 1:49/100m

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{photo cred: Erin}

I really didn’t want to be in the mix like I have before. I really wanted to stay out of the washing machine effect. I was over it. I seated my self far from the buoys. I thought far enough. Not so much. It was rough and dirty!  I just kept telling myself I was far enough away from the buoys that everyone would cut over and I could get some space. Not so much.  The buoys were coming and going pretty fast.  I got around the first buoy pretty easily and the second too.

The long stretch was coming up.  Just keep calm.  Just keep swimming.  I moved a little closer to the buoys but I still wasn’t right on them.  It was still packed and rough.  I think that the swimmers that can’t keep a straight line would be on my right and then they would see the buoy, cut over to get close to the buoy, and then cut back across me.  So every time a buoy would come, it would get rough. I would find some clear water or catch a draft.  It was a non-stop cycle for 1700m.  FINALLY, I got to the next buoy. That is a long stretch! :)  I had wished I would have studied the map a little bit better. I was a little disoriented and got off track a bit.

It was over. The brutal (probably the most brutal) swims I have ever done was over. Not sure why that was. I had read in past reports that IMWI typically had a not so rough swim but they were obviously wrong.  (**I did hear from everyone I talked to that it was brutal for everyone**) I was pleasantly surprised when I came out of the water at 1:10. I thought for sure it was longer than that!!

T1: 7:37

The long haul to transition. Long run up the helix which was kind of fun but super annoying. The spectators are awesome. They line the runway!  All I could do was smile. Put my shoes, helmet, and sunscreen on.  Then another long run to the bikes and through all the bikes to finally mount them.

Bike: 6:50:16// 16.38mph

Definitely my most disappointing part of the day.  I am not quite sure what happened.  I don’t even want to analyze it either.  I think it will make me more sad.

I knew I needed to be conservative on the first loop, which I thought I did but maybe not enough.  The second problem was I dropped my chain at about mile 25.  In all the years I have been riding bikes, I have dropped my chain once. ONE TIME EVER.  I am usually really careful.  Again not sure what happened. After that point, I was nervous that I would do it again.  I stayed in the small chain.  I wouldn’t get the speed down the decents like I normally do, to get some momentum up the next hill.  I soft pedaled way too much.

It was frustrating.  It was what it was.  The next problem was the roads were rough. Bump after bump.  I thought the roads that we ride on regularly were rough. Oh no we have it good compared to the roads the race was on.

The spectators were amazing on the big climbs. They were lined with screaming spectators. There was big talk about the “Barlow” climb. It was new this year as they had to change the course due to construction.

I knew it was at about mile 35.  I think the anticipation with worse than the actual climb.  It was a stair step climb. Each pitch was harder/steeper then the last. There would be 3 of them.

I saw Erin on the 3rd and final one.  It was hard but I got up it like a boss.  Erin got an awesome shot of me.

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The rough road definitely took a toll on me.  I was pretty miserable and loosing it a bit mentally at about mile 80.  I would do some self talk and it would be better.  I would try to get some food down. That was difficult at this point too. I got my snickers down pretty easily and wished I had another one of those instead of the cliff bar I was trying to get down.  I was sick of the orange Gatorade too.  I wish they would have another flavor just to mix it up.  I took a gel at about mile 105 in hopes that would help.  I think the caffeine helped and that got me through the end of the bike.

Up the helix to finish off the bike. I had never been so happy to get off the bike before.  (I didn’t know what my time was because I had messed up my watch)

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T2: 3:43

Pretty uneventful. I had a great volunteer that traded out my shoes and sprayed sunscreen on me.  Just like that I was on my way to run a marathon.

Run: 5:01:52 // 11:31/mile

Well the BIG goal here was to keep it slow and keep it “running” for as long as possible.  I saw Erin once again right off the bat.

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Honestly, the run was my very favorite part of the day.  I had forgotten about the awful swim and the awful ride.  The spectators were AMAZING.  You hear that the spectators are amazing…but you can’t imagine until you are running the race.

The run course goes by the Capital and through downtown. There are a ton of out and backs.  I saw Dan 6 times. It was so much fun!!! I got to see the rest of my support crew 4 times.  I saw Steph and Jon’s family multiple times.

The first time I saw Dan (about mile 1), I told him that I was never doing this again, EVER!! 5 times was enough.😉  You get to run through Camp Randall Stadium(where the Badgers play). It was definitely more fun then I thought it would be.  I saw the rest of the support crew about mile 7 after the first time conquering Observatory hill.  You have an awesome view of the lake.  You should have seen the sail boats.  There had to have been a 100!! That was tough.  But I got up and over it pretty quickly.

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Still smiling. You run another out and back through downtown but pass through this spot again so when I saw Dan again.  He ran with me for about 90 seconds.  I asked what my bike split was and he told me.  I was sad but I didn’t let myself get too down.  I still had 17-18 miles to go.  I was running great and I was still happy!!

My favorite spot to run through was over by the lake on the trail.  Base Electrolyte Salts had a tent blaring music.  We ran by them 2x and could hear the music 1 other time on each loop.  That was a huge energy boast.

I saw Steph at about mile 10-11.  We talked for a few minutes.  She passed me looking good.  I hadn’t seen her all day.  I saw Laura and Jon a few times.  I made it through the half way point.  Feeling better than I ever have on an Ironman run before.  Going by the Capital and the half way point was so fun and uplifting.  I saw the crew at about 14.  He said I was in front of Steph again.  I said I never saw her.  (It turned out she stopped at special needs and I didn’t)

I was definitely in it. I was mentally in it.  I was having a great run.  I thought I could definitely do a sub 5 hour marathon.  I couldn’t believe how well I was doing. Back by the stadium, the crowds, Base Salts, up and over Observatory Hill, I was getting it done.  I saw Dan one final time at about 20ish.  I was still feeling good!  I was encouraging the first loopers, talking with some the second loopers, just having the run of my life. Well almost!!🙂

At about mile 23…I was tired….I was still happy and smiling but I was walking a little bit between aid stations.  I couldn’t believe I had gotten through 23 miles of only walking the aid stations (and Observatory hill).

I needed to use the restroom and I finally found an open one at about mile 24.  I knew my goal time was out of the window so I thought who cares if I stop for a minute.  A couple of thoughts came to mind:  If I sat down could I get myself back up?!! Barely! What about pulling my pants back up. That would not be on easy task either! I succeeded though!

I was so close and so pumped to be almost done.  Every Ironman finish line is amazing and this one was one of my favorites.  I was so happy and so happy to be done!!!

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Final time: 13:13:48  Definitely not what I was hoping for or what I thought I could do but it was OVER and I was pumped!!! What a day!!! I would never do this race again.  But I will say the spectators were amazing and I am not sure that I would have done as well without them!!

I can’t thank Dan, my mom, aunt, and Sheryl for making the trip and being awesome spectators!! They were just as tired as I was!! Until next time!!!🙂

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The Calm B4 The Storm! IMWI 2016

14 Sep

Ironman Wisconsin was here!! Just a quick recap of training.  It went really well! I had felt like all my training days for the most part were awesome. I had a few not so great work outs. But I felt like my build was good and I was ready to rock n roll.  I didn’t feel burned out like I have in the past. I was mentally ready! I was really excited and a little nervous.  Mostly cause of the uncertainty of the course, the bike course especially, BUT I was definitely ready!!

My loose goals were: swim: sub 1:12, bike 6:30ish(wasn’t even sure what was realistic), run sub 5, and transition totaling no more than 10 minutes. I would love a sub 13 but the goal is usually to be happy!!😉

We left on a red-eye Thursday night. I know. Not an awesome idea but I didn’t want to waste an entire day travelling. I slept on the plane pretty good.  I wasn’t too worried about it. We did the same thing traveling to NYC for the marathon in 2014 and it ended up working out well!

My mom and aunt were meeting us in Madison Friday morning, after a red-eye as well.  Needless to say we were all tired but excited to be there!

Our AirBNB host had texted me the day before and asked what time we would be in. I said early. She said 10!! I said perfect!! I thought we wouldn’t be able to “check in” until later in the day. We got there, “checked in,” and went down to the lake to meet Stephanie, Laura and Jon.

Packet up was a shitshow and it took forever.  I received all the goods and a pretty good back pack. My Whistler back pack is totally shot so I have been waiting for this weekend to get another!! It is pretty legit. Not like my one from Arizona or Whistler!!

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We went for a quick dip and it was warm. Notice we all have long sleeved wetsuits. This was the warmest water we have EVER swam in. (73ish degrees) Hoping the rain would cool it down(which it was supposed to do later in the day/Saturday)

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Dan, my mom, and aunt all were in tow during all of this and were good sports. We had an amazing lunch at Graze. So delicious!  Went back to relax (but not take naps-so we would sleep that night) and get organized.

The crew that was racing, significant others, and some family went to an amazing italian restaurant for dinner: Porto Bella.  We had lots of food. It was delicious and super fun!

Saturday morning: Another quickie work out: the 4 of us were meeting to go on a short ride/bikes to transition/drop off bags. Dan took my mom and aunt to the farmers market.  They were going to get supplies for dinner.

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We biked the first 5 or so miles. Jon had driven the course that morning so he knew where he was going.  He told us about the course and what to expect: hilly and rough road.  I had planned on driving the course in the afternoon but it was later than I thought it would be when we got done so we opted to just go home and relax.

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All the buoys were out! It is funny how 1 loop swim courses look so much further than 2 loops!!🙂

My mom and aunt made an amazing pasta dinner.  Fresh pasta, veggies, and cheese from the farmers market.  It was delicious!!

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It was 12 hours until go time and I was definitely anxious for the cannon to go off!!

My 6th: Hood to Coast 2016

30 Aug

The last full weekend of August you can usually find me and 11 of my friends running Hood To Coast. No exception this year.  I had applied for a team before I decided to do Ironman Wisconsin. I thought well we got a team last year there is no way we will get in again this year. I was wrong. We got in. That wasn’t my favorite conversation with my coach but he “allowed” me to take part!!

I decided to run leg 12 this year. I wasn’t sure what was going to happen with work so I thought the later the better!! We had a late start time this year. BUT it probably benefited me the MOST because it got into the high 90s on Friday!

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Team Fanny Pack was off and running at 10:15 Friday morning.

Van 2: was a little anxious to get on the road because of traffic but we managed to get to the first major exchange early enough to stop and get coffee. I decorated the suburban a bit.  We sat in the shade and waited for van 2’s arrival.

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Erica and I were the only ones with duplicate fanny packs.  Everyone was pretty creative with them.  They definitely come in handy!! Phone, gum, credit card, chapstick!! Hello!

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We met up with van 1 and all of a sudden we were off and running!!! It was HOT!!! Everyone did awesome in the heat!! I couldn’t have been happier being leg 12. I didn’t run until about 7:30.  By that time the sun had gone done. It had cooled off but still a bit humid!

I ran a pretty flat leg of 6.4 miles and averaged 9:45s.  I didn’t want to get crazy. I was running on tired legs anyway since I was getting ready to start to taper for Wisconsin! Not ideal but it decent! No pressure.  :)

Van 1 took back over and we headed for food, showers, and a few hours of sleep!

We took back over the running at about 3am.  We all felt relatively good and ran good!!

My second leg started about 7 so the sun was up. It was a nice crisp morning. It was a treat since I have been trying to run in the heat of the day for the last couple of weeks preparing for WI! As you all know the night leg is always my favorite leg. This was no exception except it wasn’t nighttime. It wasn’t even early morning!! My second run was awesome. Felt awesome!! I averaged 9:31s for 4.87 miles. Flat-ish.

After sitting in traffic for about 2 hours(that is the problem with van 2) we finally got to the next major exchange to sleep for a bit.  I always feel like it’s the hardest to sleep at this exchange because we don’t really know how the other van is doing because there is no cell service.  We were about 20 minutes ahead of the spreadsheet when van 1 took over for the 3rd legs.  But we didn’t know if they would keep it about 20 minutes or if it would be faster or slower you never really know!

About 40 minutes before we were due next (about 20 minutes ahead of the 20 minute ahead of schedule) Erica and I went to use the port-a-potty. While we were standing in line, Erica was like oh no is that Doug(at the exchange point).  It was! Erica ran to get Stephanie and I ran to tell Doug she was on her way. Luckily enough he had just gotten there and Steph was ready to roll!! So now we were about 30 minutes ahead of schedule!!🙂

We ran back to the van and we were off again!!

This was exchange 32 and Erica was getting ready to run!! We look so delirious!!

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The last legs were good. Everyone was still feeling strong and right on pace.

I was the caboose.  I was finally going to finish this relay off.  I had a 5.2 mile run into Seaside. I averaged 9:51s. A few rollers to start and then flat.  There was some headwind and it was cool.

It was fun to run into the finish line.  It is a little anticlimactic at HTC because they make you wait for your whole team.  We get our finish time but once everyone is there we can run through the actual finish line.

First a selfie:

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We still didn’t get everyone in when the volunteer took the picture!!

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We had an awesome time!! Fantastic team!! We came in 30hours  and 52 minutes.  We were 30th out of 107 in the mixed submasters(everyone had to be 30) division.  Until next year!

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Inside 35 DAYS!

7 Aug

WELL we are inside 35 days until Ironman Wisconsin. Training has been going really good so far.

Swimming: Swimming has been steady. Intervals are hard. I felt like I was getting faster in April/May and then something happened. I was tired and not making interval times. I was a little frustrated but kept trying. I was writing Chris, saying I was tired..the swim was rough..I was trying to rally. BUT whatever I was doing it was working.

I had an awesome 4000m swim at Hagg Lake. Always a fun event and a good marker.

My swim in CDA was really good too!! That is always a good marker too!

I’ve had a few good 3200M training swims at Hagg in the last couple of months!

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I’ve really stopped worrying about it! I go to the pool and swim my laps. Do my intervals. If I only have a few seconds rest, I only have a few seconds rest and chalk it up to all the one other hard work I’m doing.  I’m putting in the work and that is all I can do!

Biking:  This is the first year that I have really used my power meter.  I’ve been nailing my intervals.  I’ve had a few awesome rides with some friends.

Rode Larch Mountain with Nadia.

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I have not done this ride (all the way to the top) since I trained for IM Canada ’09. I tried to find my time from that day but couldn’t find it!! I record everything, I just have to look harder!!🙂

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I had a couple great rides with Darrell.  We ride really well together!!

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I had a SWEET ride to the coast yesterday!!  Portland Triathlon club does a ride to the coast every year. They have a 100, 65, and 40 mile option. There was 6 of us who finished the 100, 8 started but 2 ended up doing the 65.

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We all started together and when we started climbing we all kind of dispersed. I had intervals to do so I was ok riding by myself.  It kept me engaged and positive. I fueled. I rode smart. I felt amazing. Really pumped with how it went!!  I rode with Blake for a bit and did some chatting. He is training for CDA/his first IM!! I finished really strong!!

I’m pretty sure that is the fastest training century I have ever done! Bam! I had a knee problem before CDA and have been seeing a PT. She says my glutes (weren’t) firing. They now have finally joined the party. I’ve been doing my PT exercises 2x/day for the last 6 weeks. She says they are definitely firing now!! Bam!!

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We saw some whales too! Super fun!

Running: Has been surprisingly great. It is always a work in progress as you know.  I’ve really been working hard. I run with some Oiselle gals on Wednesday. I can absolutely credit Liz, Nadia, and Krysta for making me run faster and getting me out of my comfort zone!  I’ve been doing my long runs in conjunction with those runs to make it extra hard!🙂

Dan and I have had a couple runs together. Usually start together, but I always have to go longer!

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Needless to say training has been going good and I am contemplating another Ironman next year. I hate to say that with 5 weeks to go because anything can happen. But I’m positive and happy!

The Olympics might kill me!  I love them!!! BUT I am staying up way too late. Once swimming is over I should be ok!! Time will tell!!

Things I am looking forward to after September 11th: Running with music again, more yoga, cooking different stuff then the same ol’ every single week, and not drinking Gatorade/Skratch almost every single day!

 

Coeur d’Alene 70.3 Race Recap

5 Jul

Dan and I flew to CDA Friday night, and got in much later than we were supposed to.  We got to bed ASAP and just like that it was Saturday morning!

Stephanie, Laura, and I went for a quick spin on the bottom loop of the course.
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Just to get our legs moving. It was crisp! We had a nice little ride and then I came back and did a transition run. I ran down by the kids race, which is always super cute!

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We walked our bikes down to transition, got checked in, got our bikes checked in, and took a pre-race photo.

Dan and I went to lunch at Calypsos, a super cute coffee shop that is right downtown. I had remembered it from 2010 when I was there for training/IMCDA ’10.
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Look at how cool the clouds looked. I would have died for that cloud cover on race day!

RACE DAY! Typically race morning, up too early, in transition to early, wait around, and wait around, then 6:15 it was all of a sudden: GO TIME!

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Quick pic and quick warm up. The announcer said it was 62 degrees. I do believe that was bull shit. It felt more like 57 or 58. It was definitely colder than anything we had swam in this year.

SWIM: 34:08 1:46/m
The swim was a rolling start. I had never done a rolling start before. I really liked it. It was very civil. No shoving and pushing. I got in the water, started to swim not a whole lot of contact. I swam pretty straight. I did a little drafting. I warmed up pretty quick. My goggles were a little wonky and that could have been a big problem but it didn’t seem to hurt me too much!

TI: 4:43
Now I am very fast in transition…typically but this transition was ridiculous. We ran I don’t even know how far to get to transition on the sidewalk with no mats no less and then all the way though transition. That was a good 2-2:30 minutes wasted!

BIKE: 3:02:56 18.37mph
The bike is pretty brutal. Lots of climbing. I felt pretty good. Rolling hills for the first 15 or so miles. Then the long climbs started. What goes up must come down. It was windy. Not awfully windy but enough to piss me off(that does not take much)!🙂 Let me tell you going down these long descents (FAST) in aero, was SCARY!! I was pretty proud of myself. Finished the bike and was happy it was over.

T2: 3:11
Again, not as fast as I would have liked, same as T1, we dismounted our bikes, and ran along transition to other entrance(where we came in from the swim), to finally get into transition to run through it. Not ideal or even necessary!

RUN: 2:18:10 10:32/mile
Well it wasn’t the run I wanted to have. It started ok. I saw Dan and friends pretty early on. It was already hot and the crowds were great! I’m still not even sure what happened. I didn’t think that I had started too fast. I thought my nutrition on the bike was pretty right on. It just wasn’t my day. I saw friends all along the course which is always super fun. Erica past me at mile 5, totally rocking the run as usual!
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{Just trying to survive the run}

I “gave up” mentally too early on the run. I started to walk too early. I saw Darrell a little past mile 9 and he was already on his way back. We hugged and reminisced about IMCDA 2010! I felt like I still had forever to go!! It was never going to end!!

I got it done finally! 6:03:28 Dang! Not the sub 6 that I know what I am capable of!


Quick story: IMCDA 2010 I ate this giant ice cream cone the day before the race:
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I’ve always said I missed that sub 14 (by 2 minutes) due to this ice cream cone!

Well I ate this ice cream cone(a much smaller one) after the race this year. Maybe I should have eaten it before. Maybe it would have turned out different. Maybe not!🙂
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I can say with full confidence that I will never race in Coeur d’Alene EVER.AGAIN!

Blue Lake Triathlon 2016

25 Jun

Well this race was 3 weeks ago. I figured I better get some sort of recap on paper before my next race(tomorrow)!!

Blue Lake is always the unofficial start to triathlon season. Everyone has been training through the winter and spring and very eager to get the first race underway.  I of course was excited because its one of my favorites.

I’m going to keep this brief since its been a while since the race, and the details are fuzzy!

We all thought it was going to be warm in 2015. Which is was and it was going to be hotter than it was last year. Ugh!!  We got to the lake it and was already sunny and warm.  (think: putting on a wetsuit while sweating: no fun!)

GO TIME! Swim: 0:27:49/ 1.42/meter

I wasn’t super pumped. I did quite a bit of drafting off of Laura, who is a stronger swimmer than me. She sights well and easy to follow. I felt like I was swimming pretty good. I had a strong start to my swim training this winter but for whatever reason my swimming hasn’t been awesome since mid-May. The sun was in our eyes the entire way out so seeing the buoys were difficult.  I thought once we turned around that should be better. But there was only 1 buoy on the way back and it was orange. The exact color of the caps in the wave in front of us. Awesome. At this point I lost Laura. But somehow we finished at the exact time!

I would say overall, the swim felt good. I had accidentally not started my watch, so not sure how  straight I swam. I was disappointed in my time cause I thought I should have been more in the 25-26 minute region. I have heard that everyone thought their swim was slower than they thought it should have been so maybe it was long!! (I will go with that)🙂

T1: 2:20 I was screwing around with my watch cause I had forgotten to turn it on but I was back before anyone on my rack!

Bike: 1:11:49 20.77mph

This was fun. definitely my favorite part. I saw Nik and Greg a couple of times. Mark eventually passed me. I saw none of my girlfriends which I always like cause I know they will always pass my on the run! I gotta keep my lead as long as possible😉

I kept my watts in check. It was pretty uneventful. With about 6ish miles to go, I did play cat and mouse with this older guy who did.not.want me to pass him. Then he was talking to this other guy and I tried to pass them both. They were not having it. I was pissed. I ended up passing the younger one and came in right before the older one. It was probably good. It kept my mind off the last couple of miles!

T2: 1:43 I got back before anyone on my rack. Booyah!! Of course they would all pass my on the run. I saw Dan and my coach for a quick high-5 leaving transition.

Run: 1:02 10:04/mile

First of all, I have been working on my run and I’m most sad about this. I haven’t averaged over a 10:00/mile at Blue Lake since 2010. (I had to look that up) It was hot. There was very little shade. I just wanted to get through it. It was very mental. I wanted so badly to walk but I didn’t. I just kept moving forward. I didn’t look at my watch. I just wanted to keep steady and that is exactly what I did. Erica passed me about 1/2 way through the run and Laura past me seconds before the finish. I was happy to hear the announcer say I had finished!

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2:46:13 not my fastest and not my slowest!! Fun day, always a fun race. Good practice for a hot race. Definitely an A+ for mental strength!!

 

 

#24hoursinSeattle

7 May

Last weekend, we went up to Seattle. It was super fun but real quick….24 hours quick.  I mentioned in a past post that I was going to a Jasyoga workshop…well it was a teacher training. I wasn’t taking it to become a teacher but hoping that I would have a better sense of how to put together some “practices” for myself.

We drove up to Olympia Friday night and stayed with some friends. Finally got to meet the 9 month old Christopher.


We got to Seattle early enough to go to Top Pot Donuts. I know I know donuts before yoga. Dumb I know! But we are not in Seattle that often and they are delicious!!
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Dan dropped me off and was going to pick me up 6 hours later!!
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Jasyoga has a “mobile” studio so they do not have one of their own. They rented this space which was awesome.
I really enjoyed the workshop. Bree was awesome.
We talked a lot about balance. The yoga solution is: performance, injury prevention, and recovery. We went through practices, discussions, and critical thinking exercise for all the topics.
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We didn’t practice as much as I would have liked. Definitely different than I expected but it was still interesting and I had fun. In other news, Erin(the founder) has just put out a bunch of new videos for balance and for runners so I’m pumped to practice some of those.

Dan picked me up and we headed to Green Lake where there is a 3 mile running loop.
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He ran the warm up lap with me and then I was on my own with some hard work to do for the 2nd/3rd lap.

We had planned to head to the Oiselle store and head home but some friends happen to have a babysitter for the night so we went to dinner with them instead.

Super fun trip. We left early Sunday morning so I could come home and go for a bike ride. If anyone is wondering what Dan did in those 6 hours: I was pretty proud of him. He did a whole shit ton of tourist things. (I was actually kind of jealous)🙂

One last side note: We are still talking about the Top Pot donuts!!