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Victoria 70.3 Race Report 2017

29 Jun

We had 8:30 ferry tickets out of Port Angeles Friday AM.  That means it was a 3am departure from Portland.  Zach, Dave, and I were on the road.  Good news was we hit zero traffic. #earlybirdgetstheworm  We had a pretty easy drive and ferry ride.

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Good bye USA! Hello Canada. Eh?

At least we got there early and did all of the regular stuff.  We had breakfast. Hit the expo early.  The weather was cool.  I was a bit nervous it would be too cool on race day.  We checked out the lake and drove the bike course.  Which I don’t usually like to do but it was Zach and Dave’s first half Ironman and that is what they wanted to do.  I was just there to enjoy the scenery and the ride.  I actually thought it was nice because there was some technical turns and the climb at the end of the ride was nice to see before hand. (It was a different bike course than it was in 2015)

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It was certainly a LONG day with such an early wake up call.

We met up with Nik and Devin for a carb loading dinner which was fun.  An early night for all of us!

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Saturday came and went with a quick ride and swim, racked bikes, lots of relaxation and time to reflect.  The water was amazing.  Perfect temperature.  I was ready and roaring to go.

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I’m pretty minimal when it comes to packing.  (This was a test run for Copenhagen.)

Race day! 3:30 AM came quick

Transition was fast//quick warm up//I got seeded in the middle of the 30-35 minute group.

Swim: 32:20 1:40/100 meters **2 minute PR**

Elk lake is amazing.  The water temperature was warmer than the air temp so it felt great getting back into the water. I can’t even express to everyone willing to listen that I love the self-seeded starts. CDA last year was awesome.  This year was even better.  We got in the water.  There was no pushing and shoving.  I got in my groove fast.  I sighted well.  I drafted a ton.  The buoys came and went fast.  The temperature was perfect.

This was probably my most enjoyable swim to date.    I don’t think that I could have executed it any better.  I got out of the water and had to do a double take on my watch. 32:xx.  What?!  It is obviously going to be a great day.  The swim set me up for a great race!

T1: 3:06

I had a sweet spot in transition thanks to being an AWA. (so there are some perks) 🙂 so I was in and out pretty quick.

Bike: 3:12:22 17.5 mph

Definitely the most disappointed about the bike.  I really shouldn’t beat myself up.  It was harder and more technical than when I did it in 2015.  I had a plan.  I executed the plan really well. (So I thought)  I stayed hydrated and stayed on top of my calories.  I didn’t want to go out too fast.  I really wanted to be able to run afterwards.  I enjoyed the scenery and had a really great ride.

The climb at mile 45. I had saved up just a bit for.  I passed a bunch of people and felt really good. The decent down was fuuuuunnn!! Scary but fun!  It made the climb worth it.

I felt like I gave it my all.  My overall time is not on my bike screen.  I thought it went by pretty quick.  It had to be a decent split but as I got off my bike and lapped my watch, I saw the 3:12 and thought….really…that slow…how could it possibly have been that slow. This is my strength!

T2: 2:07

I had to mentally get into.  I couldn’t let the bike get me down.  After not having the ride of my life, I couldn’t dwell on it, I had to go out and run! It was time to see if the heart rate training was working.

Run: 2:21:36 10:48/mile

The good: I ran the entire way for the exception of the aid stations.  I have never run the entire half marathon of a half Ironman.  I was pretty proud of that.  I thought I executed the run pretty well.  I was supposed to be in zone 3 for the last 9 miles.  I was running as fast as I could.  I was enjoying the shade and the scenery.  I was happy for the most part.  I just kept thinking.  Just keep going.  Keep it up.  You got this!! I’m always a little sad that a lot of the people who I passed on the bike, can just pass me on the run like I am standing still.  That is what I get for being somewhat fast in the water!

The bad: I had some stomach distress at mile 9ish.  I don’t think that it really hurt my time at all or anything for that matter.  I have never had stomach problems before and especially on race day.  I think it was mostly a fluke but who knows.

I also was trying to do math those last 3 miles.  Could I get close to a 2:15?  I thought I would be close but obviously my math was not adding up correctly!! ha!

I was happy for another finish.  I was happy to be done. I finally looked at my watch to see the overall time.  6:11! What?  How is that even possible?! I was sad!

It wasn’t the race I wanted.  I really did follow the plan and I left everything out on the course.  I can’t be that sad!  The plan didn’t really have time goals, only efforts.  Liz analyzed my data and my watts were too high(not by much) and the run was mostly in high zone 2.  I didn’t execute it as good as I thought! Maybe next time.  I just hate to be a slave to my watch.  I would rather enjoy the race than worry about those things too much!! That is why I wouldn’t make a good elite athlete. Among other things!! 😉

2 things to add onto that: I only had 3 outdoor rides before this race.  I think that is one thing that really hurt me not being able to train on hills.  I do think I would have been able to run faster if the run was not a trail.  This was just the tune up right?!

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I saw Devin and knew Nik had finished.  I waited for Zach and Dave to finish.  I texted Dan right away and he couldn’t believe that I was done. I said that is what happens when the race starts at 6am!!

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We had a nice time post race. No pictures. What is wrong with me!  We met a bunch of friends out and shared war stories!!

The ferry ride home was much more exciting.  Maybe because we were all more awake than the first time around.

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Onward to Ironman Copenhagen. 52 days. **gulp**

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!!

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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?