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16 for ’16

8 Jan

Well I had a great 2016. Here are 16 highlights.  

I started the year with hiring a 1-on-1 triathlon coach.  There was pros and cons.  Training was awesome.  I was never brunt out. I had a solid season but I also never saw any (triathlon) PRs.

Our Annual trip to Phoenix.  Also fun to see friends and run the RNR 1/2 marathon.

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Shamrock 15K.  It was pouring. My calf was somewhat injured.  BUT I managed a very very small PR. I also beat Dan for the very first time in a foot race! Bam!!

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In April, The Pancakes celebrated their 1st anniversary

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Another 70.3 in the books. Coeur d’Alene was a tough race mentally.  I’ve worked a ton on mental strength but CDA always gets the best of me.

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Bend for July 4th was amazing.  It was very relaxing.  Sun. A few short work outs.  It was a nice reset before I really started to hit the Ironman training hard!!

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The ride of the year: I rode 100 miles to the coast.  Everything about the day was perfect (except the 5 miles of gravel we rode through).  I felt great, positive, confident and although this was a Portland Tri Club ride I rode mostly solo.  It was my fastest century EVER!

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6th Hood To Coast: It is hard to believe I haven’t missed a year since I started but next year we will be in Europe so I will miss it.  #sadnotsad

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I started working from home.  I got a stand up desk.  It was AWESOME!! THEN 4 months later I got a new job.  Same company but I had to move to the downtown office.  Which was nice because it is closer but it’s NOT working from home! (this picture was taken the night we set it up, it was never this clean again!)

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Ironman #5: Wisconsin!!  Not a PR.  Very few goals met.  But I had an amazing run and that definitely counts for something!

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Kona with Dan.  We had so much fun watching IM World Championship, running, walking, swimming with the turtles and relaxing.

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I was sad to see Dan leave the island but when the girls got there we had so much fun!! We had  a crazy adventure running the inaugural Ragnar Hawaii as an ultra team.

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We not only won the open ultra women’s  division.  We were fastest among ALL of the ultra women’s teams! Bam!!

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We went to Vegas a few times.  We met our 3rd niece.  (first on my side)  She is super precious.  Totally in love with her.

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See my favorite threesome grow up!  It is hard to believe the twins just turned 3 and Seth is about to turn 6.  Crazy!!  We had lots of fun times this year especially baking and playing at the park.

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In November, I decided to hire a new coach, as of December 1st.  So far so good.  I am feeling really good and loving the work outs.

We decided to staying in Portland for Christmas.  My mom was coming to visit.  Although Dan and I were kicking ourselves for deciding to stay(and looking for last-minute plane tickets to somewhere, anywhere but here), we had a fun time.  Bonus I got in every.single.one of my work outs!! 🙂

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Here is to an even BETTER 2017.  What are some of your 2016 highlights?

 

 

 

 

 

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!!

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!