Fourth Time is a CHARM: WF Part 2

8 May

You all know what happened on Saturday but here is a break-down of my day and all the DIRTY DETAILS!

5:30 Wake up: Eat a breakfast cookie, yogurt/granola, coconut water–had a hard time getting that down. I was not feeling too nervous but apparently my stomach had other plans.

6:00 Dressed; Lots of sunscreen; Lots of body glide; pump tires; group photo
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6:30 Rode our bikes down to transition; set up transition; snacked on a cliff bar and orange, sipped on Nuun.
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CHAOS!!!

7:00 finished with everything and now it is wait time. The sun was in full force and it was already warm.

Waiting for the porty potty

Waiting for the porty potty

8:00 The race started; The girls hung out on the grass; watched the pros go off and all the mens waves;

9:00 Finally it was our turn to get suited up. Took a gu.
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Getting our game faces on!

9:10 2 minute warm up; got in the water and splashed around; I love how they call it a “warm up” all we have time to do is get in, get wet, take maybe 10 strokes before they are calling you back to the shore.

9:15 SWIM: 37:22 30-34 Womens wave was off THE PLAN: To be a couple of rows back in the middle. Go hard until the first buoy and evenly steady out after the first turn. Find someone to draft off. Sight good. Start pulling harder once I hit the turn around buoy. Bring it home! WHAT ACTUALLY HAPPENED: Was definitely in the thick of things. Made my way to the first buoy totally blinded by the sun. The first turn was good. I could not find anyone to draft off of. 😦 The sighting was good going out. Made the turn around turn. Seeing lots of light blue caps. (The wave before mine) I saw a few green caps. (The wave after mine) I was already tired! S**T! I started pulling a little harder. There was some chop coming toward us. It is very difficult to sight going this way. You can not distinguish if you are sighting the buoys going out or going the way you are. I have always hated this swim course. They do not have enough buoys and they are not big enough!! Finally I approached the final turn. I was pulling harder, kicking a bit to get my legs working and ready to go vertical! It was time to finish THIS SWIM!! Time: 37:22 Not exactly what I wanted but I will take it!

T1: 4:46 Pretty uneventful. You have to run up a huge boat ramp to get to transition. It was even longer, harder, and steeper this year because the water was so low. A mountain I tell ya!! Quick walk while I was catching my breath. Ran a little at the top into transition. I was pretty much in the worst possible spot. I was right by the run out so I was totally opposite from the bike in and out. Meaning I had to run with my bike in my bike shoes…twice! Wetsuit off. Gu. Sunscreen on. Sunglasses on. Helmet on. Socks on. Shoes on. Go time.

BIKE: 3:33 THE PLAN: Take the first 40 miles conservatively. Take in 300 cals an hour. Be happy. Be positive. No giving up. Dig deep. WHAT ACTUALLY HAPPENED: Getting out of transition has never been so easy. The mountain bike race is also going on. In the past they have been jerks and whip around trying to own the place. Right off the bat we cruise through the finishing chute. I saw Kara and Todd. So much fun! Got up Beach Hill. (The first climb of the day). A topless girl was at the top trying to get the guys to fall off their bikes to take the attention off this mountain.

Got out of the park. Mile 6ish. First aid station. Grabbed a water. I ate an uncrustable. If you have never had one on a bike ride before. They are pretty much amazing. I would never eat one in real life but they are easy calories on the bike. The first 20 miles are rolling. Which I love. Up and down. Trying to keep the cadence up. My bike computer is still on the fritz. I can not even tell you the last time it worked. Maybe I should get that fixed! πŸ™‚

I started the time just so I could keep track of my calorie intake. I was at about an hour at mile 16. 300 cals down. Perfectly where I wanted to be. Not too fast not too slow. Sipped on my EFS. Lots of aero. Cruising right along. A couple bigger rollers between 21 and 24. Sipped some Gatorade. Dumping water on my head. I knew miles 26-34 where a slight downhill. Ate another uncrustable. My time had gone off the screen but it was still running. I thought I would just leave it. I did not really want to see it. 2 hours down. Another 300 cals down. It was getting warm. It was getting windy. I felt like maybe my mind was going to take over and decide to tell my legs to stop peddling. I passed some people. Talked to a few people. Got to another aid station. Water on my head. All I wanted was a cold water to reset. No cold water! No cold anything! 😦 Alyssa(from Portland) passed me at about mile 37. We exchanged “nice jobs.”

About mile 40 I took a gu in anticipation for the Nasty Grade. It was time to put the pedal to the metal! Go time! I felt like I was conservative those first 40. We will see if I actually was! I started to approach Nasty at mile 42. Talked to a few more people who seemed nervous about it. Started the climb actually feeling better. I am pretty sure I had never seen so many people walking their bikes up it. I do not understand. Do they not train on hills? Have they never looked at the course map or the elevation gain? Passed lots of people. This is where I excel.

Up and over Nasty. We get a long downhill which is always nice. It was super windy so I do not think I went as fast as I have in the past. No biggie. A few more big rollers. Finished my EFS. Sipping on another Gatorade. Dumping water on my head. Saw Alyssa right ahead of me. Thought maybe I could pass her??

I was guesstimating that a third hour had passed and another 300 cals were down. I felt like I was right where I should be with my nutrition. Definitely got a second wind. Digging deep. I passed a large number of people. I took my last gu at the last aid station to get me back up and into the park.

Uphill back into the park. I passed a ton of people. I finally passed Alyssa. I said we meet again. We exchanged good jobs. I felt really good. I was HOT but good. FOR NOW! Downhill back to the lake. I honestly had no clue where I was in the time. I turned the “screen saver” off the computer right before we dismounted: HOLY SHIT…3:33. YES!! I was so excited.

T2: 2:34. Got into transition. No cold water. I was sensing a pattern here! I was in the last row of bikes before the relays. As I ran through transition with my bike in my bike shoes to the furthest spot possible I had to pass all of these people doing the relay. They are standing in the middle of the row. Talking and laughing. Totally in the way! UNBELIEVEABLE! No common courtesy. Whatever I just did a 3:33! It was time to run!

Run: 2:28 THE PLAN: 1/3 of a gu EVERY mile. Water on top of MY head at every aid station. Stay strong. Stay positive. Dig deep. Real deep! WHAT ACTUALLY HAPPENED: This was the real test! It was hot and getting hotter. Almost no shade on this run course. Plus we were running up mountains! I left transition at 4:19 elapsed on my watch. I had 2:41 minutes to get a sub 7. My slowest on this course was a 2:36 and fastest was a 2:25. COULD I DO IT??
Mile 1: TOUGH! Already digging deep. Just shuffling along. Nothing crazy.
Mile 2: BETTER! Already passing lots of guys! Weird! Talked to one guy. He said he has done this 9 times and this was definitely the worst. We talked about how we wanted to jump in the lake after this madness was all said and done!
Mile 3: Good. Some downhill and onto the trail we went. Getting into some of the hard work.
Mile 4: Good/Hard. Finished my first gu. The guys asked if I wanted a splash…why yes I would love a splash. He takes 2 cups and splashes my crotch! WHAT.JUST.HAPPENED! I had no time to think about it I just kept shuffling along. This is where the REAL WORK starts. Up the mountain. Still passing lots of guys. A lady passes me and says this was the death march. It absolutely was!
Mile 5: Hard. Finished one of the big hills. Still had some work to do. Was not looking at my watch or the time. Just making sure the splits were under 12 minute miles. They were until this mile. 14:29. Dang it! There was lots of walking going on! πŸ™‚
Mile 6: This may have been my most impressive mile. It starts with a steep downhill and it is relatively flat. I ran/shuffled the entire way. This was my mental state. Feeling really good. I remember in past years this was a hard mile. No sun. Dusty trail. HOT! Yes another aid station. WHAT! They have run out of cups! He poured water into my mouth with one of those huge 4 gallon jugs. It worked. I just had to get the rest of the 2nd gu down!
Mile 7: Another good one. Staying steady. A little shade on the trail here. Talked with a few people. I think there was cold water at this aid station. AMAZING! By now I was leaning down so they could dump water on my head instead of other places! That seemed to work out good! Went through the campground. Which is so awesome. Lots of cheering. I was approaching 8 and saw Kara. I looked at my watch for the first time and it was at 5:48. I told her I think I can pull this out! I saw Rollin(Stephanie’s hubby) cheering right at the Mile 8 sign. So awesome!
Mile 8: Good. The Cal Poly team was camping right in this area. They were giving out high fives. One guy had his penis out of this pants. That was interesting and then he proceeded to slap my ass. Even more interesting!
Mile 9: Good. Going down into the pit! Almost a mile downhill. Finished my 3rd gu.
Mile 10: Ok. What goes down must go up!! run/walk 30 seconds each. Powering up the hill. I saw Alyssa. She seemed to be gaining on me. I kept thinking at any minute I am going to see my crew. Lots of smiles! First I saw Stephanie just as I was getting to the top. She looked great! Erica was just a bit behind her. She looked great too. Laura was a bit behind her. She looked great! I thought I was going to see them and they were all going to be running together!! I was wrong!
Mile 11: Another impressive mile. This was the last mile before the downhill mile. I have always given in and walked. I stayed strong. Felt strong. I was now dreaming of what kind of time I could achieve in this madness. I thought 20 minutes, you can do this for 20 minutes!! Especially since the last 10 would be going downhill!! Finished my 4th gu.
Mile 12: It was essentially over. Downhill and then into the finishing chute! None of the girls passed me. WHAT?!
Mile 13.1: It was OVER!! My 4th Wildflower Long Course was OVER!! 6:46! I COULD NOT BELIEVE IT! What just happened! I was so excited!
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In the past…They have given out cold/iced hand towels which was almost the best part of the day! This year none of that. I tried to get a glass of COLD water. There was none of that either. I got a warm glass which I was pissed about. You would think they would have the means to have some cold water at the FINISH LINE! I can not WAIT to fill out a survey!!!

I found Rollin and we cheered the rest of the crew in!

We ALL finished STRONG!

We ALL finished STRONG!

Nature's ICE BATH!

Nature’s ICE BATH!

This was probably my favorite part of the day. Telling WAR STORIES!!

I got a massage and found the rest of the club in the grassy area. Everyone finished! Some had good races and some had bad. 4 of the 14 of us had finished the race before. Sean H had an impressive 5:15 and Audrey had a very impressive 5:50. Smokin’ FAST!! I think we all represented P-Town well.

My coach, Chris, is a pro and he came in 6th overall!! So AWESOME! He had a great race!!

Cute Shirt! Great medal!

Cute Shirt! Great medal!

Another Wildflower in the books. I can honestly say I may never do this race again! I have said it before but now that I have the sub 7 I can walk away a happy camper!! (I will say Matt and Parker were scheming to go back next year on the way home.) HA!!

21 Responses to “Fourth Time is a CHARM: WF Part 2”

  1. Zach Wiens May 8, 2013 at 8:21 AM #

    You rocked Wildflower Leslie!!! Awesome job!!

  2. MoM May 8, 2013 at 8:39 AM #

    WOW – impressive!

  3. discorunner May 8, 2013 at 8:57 AM #

    Fantastic job!!! You should be so proud…now to get on with the celebration!!!

  4. Dan Weinsoft May 8, 2013 at 9:21 AM #

    Holy crap, 6:46, nice work!!!

    Funny – I’ve done that battle with Alyssa before too; I didn’t fair as well as you did.

    • Leslie @ TriathleteTreats May 9, 2013 at 10:21 PM #

      I was sad when she passed me on the bike but some how I kept her at bay on the run! πŸ™‚
      I thought you were coming down…What happened?

  5. Kristen L May 8, 2013 at 10:48 AM #

    Congratulations again on a great race! You really did great on the bike — especially in the heat!

  6. David Livengood May 8, 2013 at 7:02 PM #

    Excellent race report – even more impressive is how you preserved when needed it the most! Rockstar!

    Sent from my iPhone

  7. birdlegs May 9, 2013 at 4:58 PM #

    Soo amaze! You killed it. Maybe you can pace me to a sub-7 someday:)

  8. Eva May 10, 2013 at 11:36 AM #

    Super congrats!!! sub-7 in that heat is awesome!!

  9. Change of Pace May 10, 2013 at 2:14 PM #

    Congratulations again! I absolutely loved reading this. Hilarious about the nudity! And I love that you rocked all the hills! (I’m also surprised people were walking their bikes up?!)
    It sounds like it was insanely hot for the run. That can definitely feel like a death march!
    The photos are awesome, too. It looks like you guys had such a fun day!

    • Leslie @ TriathleteTreats May 13, 2013 at 8:42 PM #

      Thanks!! it was a fun day!! I feel like I can finally retire from this race!! Until someone talks me into doing it again! πŸ™‚
      I couldn’t believe all the nudity…it was so funny!

  10. Anna {Herbivore Triathlete} May 10, 2013 at 3:49 PM #

    Way to go! Sounds like you had a brutal day and conquered the race. I can’t believe there was no ice or cold water, wtf? Too funny about the topless girl, the crotch splash and the penis/ass slapping guy! Ha ha ha.

    • Leslie @ TriathleteTreats May 13, 2013 at 8:38 PM #

      THANKS!!! I was so mad about the water. It is one thing to have warm water on the course but at the finish line! Every year they have cold towels they give you too! OH NO…Not this year! 😦

  11. Kara May 10, 2013 at 6:36 PM #

    Love this recap – so happy for you!! AWESOME JOB!!!

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