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OOPs I did it again…

30 Jan

Well it is funny how your mind set goes from NEVER  AGAIN to OK which one is next?!!

Lets go back to September 11th at about 4pm. I had started the IMWI run and I had a shitty bike ride and I was NEVER EVER doing another Ironman.  I told Dan!! (He reminds me every day of that moment.)  Now fast forward to 9pm that same day.  After having an amazing run and almost a sub 5 hr marathon I decided that maybe I would do another Ironman.  I have been wanting to do Copenhagen since 2015, so I thought 2017 would be a good year for that!! I just wasn’t going to be able to retire from Ironman without racing it!

So I signed up!!

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We are going to Europe!!  Our tickets are booked! There is no turning back!!

NOW, lets talk about Kona.  I have NEVER EVER had any desire to race Kona.  I would much rather spectate that one.  BUT Dan and I started talking about Kona Legacy.  I only really knew about it because we have a friend that is going for it.  Dan and I thought you only had to do 10 IM races…which is already a lot but I was 1/2 way there. HA, we checked and it is actually 12 races.  I have been wavering back and forth if I really wanted to do it.  But if I was actually going to think about it, I better start upping that number that I have done.

So I signed up for Arizona:

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It is going to be tough now that I have already started to think about Kona because once I start thinking about something, it never really goes away!!  I am definitely in trouble! (kind of like Copenhagen) 😉

I told some girlfriends that I was thinking about Kona.  I got this text the next day!

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In the mean time, I have pretty much decided to do Victoria 70.3 for my tune up.  We don’t really have a lot of choices up in the NW so that is going to be my best bet. Plus that is my PR.  This course is most like Copenhagen so I think it will be perfect.

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Good news is Ironman does an All World Athlete program which I don’t even really know what it means or that it will really matter but I made the bronze category this year. Woot Woot!!!  If I can get a better spot in transition then it will be worth it!

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Those are my big races for the year!  It is going to go by fast. It is already almost February!

Who wants to go spectate Kona if I get a slot?!

Victoria 70.3 2015 Race Report

26 Jun

I bet you never thought I was going to write this! Every night I think about writing it! I had to binge watch Orange Is The New Black first and foremost. It was amazing.

On to Victoria! June 14, 2015.

3:20am. YES! You read that right! With a 6am start time you have to get up early! It was early! But worth it to be done by noon!

Regular pre-race. Breakfast. Shuttle. Body-marking. We got to transition way too early. But the time went fast.
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Swim: (goal <36mins; actual 35:38) I had a quick warm up before they called everyone out of the water. The water was the perfect temperature. It was warmer in the water than the air temp.

My wave got swimming at 6:15. Pretty good start. The course was 1 loop rectangle. The buoys came quick. I was sighting pretty well. Once we started back toward the beach the sun was in our eyes. It definitely wasn’t as bad as Blue Lake but it was not easy. I got off track between the 2/3 buoys. Not sure what had happened. I felt relatively good. I didn’t think it was that fast but I got out of the water in 34:xx. I was pumped. The mat was up by transition instead of by the lake so the run to transition was “apart of” the swim instead of transition.
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Overall I was happy with my swim and faster than I thought!

T1: (1:59) Quick and painless!

Bike: (goal 3:10; actual 2:58) The bike was rolling. Super fun. Mostly shady. I loved this bike. It is definitely my type of ride. No big climbs. You are either going up or you are going down for the most part. There was 4 aid stations which was a bonus. (There are usually 3 on 56 miles.) My only complaint was there were a couple of stretches of crap road. IMG_4552
The new bike drafting rules are ludicrous! On a looped bike course there is inevitable drafting and I don’t mean on purpose drafting. I didn’t see much of that. I don’t think that there were as many marshals out as usually because there were no pros at this race.
I went out harder than I wanted to but I really wanted a good bike split. I pushed it early and after the first loop I thought I was probably in trouble with a 1:28 split. I kept pushing though and had a fun second loop too with only a 2 minute difference.
Overall ecstatic about my bike split!

T2: (1:29) Quick and easy. I did stop for sunscreen. I usually have my own spray but I thought it was going to be more overcast. I left transition in ~3:37. I was like really….I couldn’t really believe it. I honestly thought there was zero chance of a PR until I got to this point. I had 2:22 to PR…BUT I had not started to run yet! 🙂

Run: (goal <2:20; actual 2:17) I wouldn’t say this was flat. Not super hard either. It was 2 loops. It was a nice trail. Aid stations were pretty good. A lot of shade. This was huge!! I started out conservatively. I had plenty of time. I was smiling and positive! People were blowing past me and I didn’t care. (I usually don’t) I thought we will see how the first loop goes!!
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This was after the first loop. I had run a 1:08. I could see the PR now. All I could keep saying in my head was “keep it together for 6.5 more miles…keep it together for 6.5 more miles…don’t f*ck it up”…over and over! I steadily ran. The kilometers were going by much faster this loop than they did on the first loop. I was passing people now. All the fast people were gone and finished! It was hot in the sun. I felt like I was going faster but in reality wasn’t!!

With a 3 second negative split run I had kept it together for an epic 70.3 race.
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I was leaving Canada with a 4 minute PR! What? What?
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Final time: 5:55:12

The second best part of the entire day was the ice cream cookie sandwich that I got post-race. It was so delicious. It was gigantic. I even shared with Dan. Which almost never happens. 😉 The saddest part of the day was I couldn’t even finish it!!!
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Victoria IS HERE!!

13 Jun

Well the time has come. Ironman Victoria 70.3 is here. Or should I say I made it to Victoria!
Ironman Victoria Coverage —-> Click here to go to the athlete tracker.
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Goals! No huge goals except to have a good race. Feel good. No regrets!

The swim: I had a great swim at Hagg Lake. My swim at Blue Lake was less than Ideal. I think I am capable of a 36 minute swim. “They” say it all depends on the winds on race day. I swam for about 10 minutes this morning. The water is perfect temp. It is super clear. I saw a school of fish too!!
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If I can be on my bike within 40 minutes I will be happy. Transition is bigger than I thought it would be, given the small area. I have a shitty spot in transition. I will have to run with my bike almost the entire length of transition.

The bike: I have not seen the course. My biking hills was not super awesome in the last 12 weeks so if I break 3:10 I would be ecstatic! I guess it all depends on the wind again and how big these so called “rollers” really are!!

The bike course is a lolli-pop. So an out to the loop. Ride the loop 2x and then come back. We rode the out and back today. It was better than I thought it would be. The road is kind of crappy but not bad.
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The run: It it is cool and I have had a good race up until this point I think I could potentially have a good run. If I am having a good race than I will be in a good mood and positive about the rest of the day!

After our shake out run I am feeling good about the run. It is mostly shaded on a trail. What more could I ask for?! 😉 I would love to run a 2:15. I am not sure that I have ever run under a 2:20 in a half marathon of a half ironman before. They have all been hot and hilly! Maybe tomorrow will be different!
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Molly and I had a nice quick and easy swim, bike, and run shake out this morning! I have been hydrating all day. I am off to dinner and then an EARLY bedtime!

If anything I am going to smile and have fun!

Victoria Training Week #11

7 Jun

Another week down. Started to taper a bit! My bike was in the shop so I wanted to ride more but I also commuted every day. I just called it good! 🙂

Sunday: 5 mile hilly run
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Hagg lake OWS 2000m race: I have done the 4000m the last couple of years so I was excited just to be doing the 2000!! It went really well. Sighting was pretty good. Dan was out doing kayak support so I saw him so that was fun! I tried to draft when I could. It was a little different course then the last time. The water temperature was perfect! Overall I felt great. Big PR.
We got medals this year.
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Supposed to do a 40 mile hilly bike ride. Needless to say I didn’t get out of the parking lot. My back tire was rubbing. I thought Dan fixed it the night before but it was back to the way it was. I was really sad as I watched Laura and Stephanie leave the parking lot without me! Mostly sad because it was my last big ride before Victoria!!

Monday: Spin class

15 mile bike commute

Tuesday: Swim 2500 yard swim. warm up, some builds. Main set was 3×500. I was pumped because A: I got faster on each one. B: I was faster overall then I was the last time I did this workout!!

15 mile bike commute

Wednesday: Happy Running Day!!(brick) 5.5 mile tempo run. Awesome. It was a nice night!

15 mile bike commute: rode “hard” home and ran directly afterwards.

RNR had $15 off Vancouver today so I pulled the trigger and signed up! Excited!
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Thursday: 1600 yard swim. warm up, some builds. pull/paddle work. fast 300s!

19 mile bike commute–less desirable headwind on the way home + I forgot my bathing suit so I had to go home before the gym. Which meant I was just riding outside longer 😦

Friday: 4.1 mile run. slow. hot. windy! Miserable! Blah!!

15 mile bike commute–even worse wind than Thursday (same as Wednesday got off my bike and ran after)

Saturday: Rest day!! I didn’t even want to ride my bike to dinner!
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The weather is showing 60s and sunny for Victoria as of now! I am getting more excited as the days go on!
#6daycountdown

Victoria Training week #10

3 Jun

Well this should have been my last big week before Victoria. It was less than perfect but I made it through.
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Sunday: 2000 yard swim-worked on kicking and lots of pull + paddles + 20 min core/stretch session

Monday: 23mile ride/2 mile run brick
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Tuesday: 2000 yard swim-lots of 100s after warm-up

15 mile bike commute

Wednesday: woke early early Wednesday morning with a stomach problem. A big stomach problem. Needless to say I did not go to work. Miserable. Unplanned day off!

Thursday: felt better. Trainer ride including 4x5min zone 4 intervals

15 mile bike commute

Friday: 11 mile run. I wasn’t sure I would be able to get through it. Dan ran with me for about 4 miles. It was rough until then (for both of us). Once we broke off from each other it went better. My average mile was decent. Hoping for a faster one but I think I was still feeling effects from Wednesday!

Saturday: 1500 yard swim-this was shorter than I wanted it to be. I FORGOT my cap. Has anyone ever swam without a cap before?? It.IS.Weird! Not to mention I had all kinds of hair stuck to my face! It went better than I thought it would be. I had a 2000M swim “race” the next day so I wasn’t super sad about it cutting it short.

10 mile commute
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#11daycountdown #1daycountdown to the 10 day forecast!! 😉

Victoria Training Weeks 6&7

11 May

Well the last 2 weeks have flown by, just as all the weeks have!!
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Just a quick re-cap!

Swimming: Just chugging away as I swim yard after yard. Feeling good but not sure that I am improving much. I will probably start open water swimming week after next. I am looking forward to that!

Biking: I have had some good bike sessions!! Dan and I went for an easy ride for my first ride outside on my new bike.
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It was good. But my arms got real tired. real fast. I went in for a second-fit and the aerobars had moved! No wonder I was so uncomfortable. She put me on a new saddle as well. I am feeling much better since then!!

Running: More track work outs. The 10 mile death mill run. A few tempo runs and a hilly run. We finally decided to run some hills. RNR Portland is this weekend and it is not exactly flat.

Wondering how fast I really will be able to “race” Victoria. I am training and feeling pretty good overall. Just not overly confident on how well it will go. I am not throwing in the towel by any means but feeling like I need to lower my expectations a little. We will see. If we can get some cool weather with not a lot of wind I might surprise myself!! Positive attitude right! 🙂

How’s your training lately?

Victoria Training Week 5

30 Apr

Again the week has gotten away from me. I am exhausted as usual. But I am seeing the light. My job training is over tomorrow! Next week I will only be physically tired not so much mentally tired!

I was on recovery week last week so that was good. It was kind of a funny recovery week. I am used to cutting down the volume. Which I did but this plan that I am loosely following has me doing long runs or harder runs during the recovery weeks! This is a more “bike” focused plan and that is probably why! No biggie!!

Sunday: Day after the wedding. Rest day! We went to Multnomah Falls with my family!

The newlyweds!

The newlyweds!

If you look close enough you can see my dad, bro, and SIL on the left side of the bridge above us!

Monday: am: 2000 easy swim…I did some 100s that weren’t as fast as they should have been. I thought it is recovery week. Who cares!?

pm: spin class + 25 minute core/glute strength/stretches

15 mile bike commute

Tuesday: Slept in!

pm: 7 mile tempo run! It was windy. I was in a 20mph headwind on my bike commute home so I strategically mapped out our run so the majority of the headwind was at the beginning of the run! 🙂

15 mile bike commute

Wednesday: am: 1600 easy swim…Again not awesome. I was swimming next to a guy that was swimming my same speed and taking almost no breaks. It was so annoying. I would work hard to pass him. I would take a break and he would get in front of me again. It.was.annoying! Not that I am making excuses but just not feeling it again today!

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Thursday: Slept in again!

pm: 5 mile run. Track work out. 3 x 1 mile repeats. The weather was cool. I think that it started to rain but not bad! I am excited to make some improvements in my speed now that I am doing speed work again.

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Friday: REST DAY!!

Saturday: 2:20 trainer ride/4 mile run BRICK

I am having a hard time getting used to being in aero all the time. I know that it is going to take some time but it is hard!! I also still don’t have my power tap wheels on the new bike. I have nothing to go off. This wasn’t a super hard work out but more keeping in aero and staying positive!
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This week my hair isn’t as out of control because it was really dirty! 😉

The run was great!

I have been doing all my glute/hip stretches/strength exercises every day but I have gotten out of habit of doing strength work outs. I blame it on work! Hoping to get back into it next week!!

How did you get used to your tri/TT bike?
How is your training going?