Race Weekend!!!

9 Sep

Double race weekend! Here is how it went down!!

Dan was doing his first half-iron man on Saturday. I was going to go spectate! There was also a sprint that day. I thought well maybe I will do the sprint. Maybe it will be fun?

I have not “raced” a sprint triathlon since 2009!! 4 years ago!! I don’t like sprints because you have to go FAST and HARD…and I am more slow and steady!! šŸ™‚

That being said I have not been training. I have been running lots, riding my bike to work, spin classes, and swimming a bit. Definitely taking it easy in my off season and livin the dream! But surely I could pull off a 500m swim, 12 mile bike, and a 5K(3.1mile) run.

Dan, Kat, and I headed down to Sweet Home, OR Friday night in traffic to get to packet pickup by 7. We checked out the water. I was still trying to decide if I wanted to wear a wetsuit.
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The water was perfect but I had never swam in open water without a wetsuit. I thought for 500m I would be in the water less than 10 minutes so would it really be worth the hassle of taking it off?

We thought there would be slim pickins for 2 vegetarians(Dan & I) and 1 gluten-free(Kat) in a small town. I just made us dinner and packed it up cause we knew there was a microwave at the place we were staying. It worked out real well!

Carb loading!!

Carb loading!!

Saturday morning! Good night sleep. We got down to the lake. It was going to be a great day of racing. We all set up our transitions. I talked to some of the other sprinters and some people were wearing a wetsuit and some were not. The decision was made. I would not wear one!
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We cruised down to the water and they got in and said I said wear my wetsuit. Their race started at 8 and I pondered the wetsuit for a little longer!!
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It was go time!! Last minute I ended up wearing my wetsuit! The entire race was so FAST!! We started to swim. The water was perfect! I started in the front and there was not too much shoving. I got into a good draft line. The buoys were 100m apart. Really it was great. I sighted well and drafted. I passed a bunch of guys (they started 5 minutes before us)! The swim was done <10minutes! So fast!!

T1 was quick. Onto the bike. We rode out and back 6 miles! Rolling hills. The temperature was great. All of a sudden I was at the turn around. I pretty much rode the same speed the entire time. Fast! I drank a bottle of Gatorade. I cruised into T2 in <40minutes.

5K to go. I could do this. I had a gu and I was off! The entire run was either up or down hill! I wanted to keep strong and go for it. I did a 9:55, a 9:24, and a 9:08. I was pretty pleased with my negative split run! Before I knew it was running through the finish line!

Wow!! 1:22:52! I did not know what my PR was but I was pretty sure I beat it. (I ended up PRing by 4 minutes!) They had a sweet BBQ afterwards. Burgers, fruit, and cookies! I had lunch and then checked the results. Holy shit!! I was 3rd in my age group(AG). I was floored but super excited! It was actually fun and maybe I will do another one before 4 more years go by! šŸ™‚

Kat won 3rd in her AG group too (but for the half-iron):
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In the meantime I hung out with some PDX peeps and rang the cowbell a lot while waiting for Dan and Kat to finish!
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Dan finished with a smile on his face. He had paced perfectly and had a great first half-ironman! The course was no joke. It was not easy!! So proud of him!! To celebrate we stopped at Sonic on the way home to get cherry limeades. Hello!! Delicious!!!
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Sunday was my favorite 10K of the year: Pints 2 Pasta.
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We pass by Widmer at around Mile 2 and finish at the Old Spaghetti Factory!

It is really the only 10K I ever do. It is fun and cheap. This was my 7th year running it! I thought I would have a PR in the bag but I was mistaken!! I headed to the start line with Sheryl and Steve.
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We hung out. It was a perfect morning. I feel like the start line is usually jammed way up with people. It didn’t seem too bad this year though. Maybe there was just a lot of people behind us! I felt positive from the start! I meant to check my PR and did not. I knew it was 58:xx.

You start out on a downhill but it is pretty crowded. (8:50)

The 2nd and 3rd miles are rolling hills. (9:31, 9:40) I felt pretty good. I just wanted to stay in front of the 9:30 pace group. Right at mile 3 I could see them right behind me but they never passed me!

We made our way down the Broadway Bridge, through Chinatown and made our way to the waterfront. (9:17) I was just trying to stay uncomfortable. It was only 6 miles. Really wanted to just try to stay around 9:30’s.

2 more flat miles. I could do this. I was tired. I was trying really hard to keep the pace up. I hit 9:33 and 9:29 for 5 and 6. I had not looked at my overall time at all so I wasn’t sure what it was looking like! I passed Dan(spectating) at about mile 6. I kicked it up a notch and finished in 58:43.

I was happy to be done and I knew it was close but did not think I pulled off the PR!
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It was all smiles until I looked up my time and I was 16 seconds off!! OHH MAN!! Definitely next year!! We had some pints, pasta, and enjoyed the gorgeous day!

Did anyone else race this weekend?

Any PR’s??

10 Responses to “Race Weekend!!!”

  1. Change of Pace September 10, 2013 at 5:08 AM #

    Sounds like such a FUN weekend! Congratulations on your sprint- both the PR and age group placement! And congratulations to Dan on his first half!
    That’s nice of prepped dinner; sometimes it is just easier than trying to find decent veggie food!
    I can’t believe you were so close to your 10k PR after doing a sprint the day before!
    Congratulations on an awesome weekend of racing! (This doesn’t really sound like an off-season to me!)

    • Leslie @ TriathleteTreats September 10, 2013 at 10:15 PM #

      Thanks!!
      Dinner is sometimes (in general) easier when you don’t have to go to a restaurant, sit, wait, eat….!!
      It was really fun! I am excited just to be training until Chicago! I feel like I have been going non-stop!

  2. Kristen L September 10, 2013 at 8:16 AM #

    You totally crushed the 5k run splits during the tri! Awesome work! And you did awesome on your 10k too….so close to the PR. You look sooo happy in all these pics. Love it! šŸ™‚

  3. Kimberly September 10, 2013 at 8:19 AM #

    Nice job, sweet face! Two races back-to-back is no joke.You are such a rock star. I raced nothing except my dog. I made him run next to me as I biked. I won.

  4. MoM September 10, 2013 at 9:37 AM #

    I wish I had your energy!! You look happy, happy, happy! Can’t wait for the Chicago Marathon – I am preparing for the spectating… I’ve been practicing walking with my chair from one place to another. Cheering is hard work! I love you!

  5. Sherrie September 10, 2013 at 11:22 AM #

    Love these reports AND the sporty couple pics!!

  6. Cynthia @ You Signed Up For What?! September 10, 2013 at 3:07 PM #

    Sounds like a really fun weekend – congrats on your races!

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