*Let’s take a moment to remember those who lost their lives 11 years ago today. We should all say a special prayer for those families.*
Well, I’m not really training for anything at the moment, but since training never really stops…
I want to continue my swimming and biking and running, but marathon season is upon us, once again.
I will most likely be racing the Mercedes Half Marathon in February, so I need to get my mileage back up before my training plan is set to start.
I am serious about the sub 2:15 half… we are making it happen is 2013.
I did want to share that J went to the pool with me before my Tri and I had him watch my stroke and tell me what I can improve on. Hopefully it will help one or some of you…
Trust me, if I can swim like this, then anyone can.
I was swimming 50 yards in about 53 seconds and J gave me the goal of 45 seconds… this is me making it happen in 43 seconds. Too bad he stopped the video before I shrieked in the pool over the time.
I have a decision to make. Since my Garmin 405 crapped out, I can pay $70 to get it fixed or the new Garmin Forerunner 10 for about $140.
I have a hard time working the 405. I don’t use it to it’s abilities and the bezel and I don’t get along very well.
The downside to the 10 is that it will only show total distance and time on one screen and you have to click over to see average pace– which is a runner’s best friend.
Help me decide what to do!!
What are you training for?
Do you have any upcoming races?
Saturday morning I ventured out for my second triathlon in Hartselle. This was a first annual event and I thought it went quite well! There were less than 150 people that completed this tri…
It was a pool swim-200 yard, Bike 8 miles, and a 2 mile run.
My realistic finish time was 1:10. My unrealistic finish time was an 1:00.
This was probably my very first race where I was in the top half of the starters.. number 42. I was pumped because that meant I was going to be biking with some pretty fast people. With triathlons, they number you based on your estimated swim time finish– so you’ll be around swimmers who are your pace. My estimated swim time was 5:30.
I think here is where we need to talk about Philly’s gold medal in being a Spectathlete. In the past, maybe his performance has been a little lackluster.. but swimming is his thing, y’all. He grew up on the swim team, and let me tell you, for someone who rarely raises his voice, I could hear him screaming out at me to go faster, to pass people. Every time I was to turn on the side of the pool that he was, he was bent down coaching me to go faster. It was amazing.
He ran with me through transition, coaching, talking game plan, etc, while my dad got some very unflattering shots of me from behind. Tri outfits are not your friend, people!! If you are self-conscious about your body, this is NOT the sport for you!
The actual mounting area was on a bit of an incline and there was NO WAY I was clipping in on a slight incline, so I took it to the main road before clipping in. Since I killed the swim, it meant I was with faster cyclists, which I was happy about. Please let me drag behind you!
The bike course was relatively flat.. it had a couple of hills and the turn around was tight. I sure did enjoy knowing I was out there with a bunch of dudes. I think it really pushed me. I was estimating that I would finish the bike portion is 40-ish minutes. I tried to make sure I stood up a few times– I read somewhere that helps the lactic acid building in your quads to flow, therefore not making your legs feel quite as dead when it’s time to run. No clue if it’s true, but it seemed to help.
This is the look on my face of horror as they are trying to tell me to “go to the orange cone” but what they meant is, “turn before the orange cone”. Please don’t have someone slam on their brakes that is still half-way attached to their bicycle. It causes them to not be able to get clipped out on the other side.
So, would you like to know my finish time? It was 1:00:46, officially. I freaking KILLED IT.
I placed 3rd in my age group, 14th overall woman. The shoe tying thing ended up costing me 2nd place and probably breaking an hour, but I do not care, y’all. I have never been so proud of an accomplishment.
My breakdowns were this:
200 yard swim- 4:07
8 Mile Bike- 32:20
2 mile run-20:00
I still need to work on my transition times, but I feel like they were MUCH better than last time.
Dad and Karen were part of Spectathlete and photography crew
Representin’ 3rd place and a Fleet Feet gift card!
This was an excellent race. Very well put together, ran smoothly. Friendly staff.
It also didn’t hurt that I felt like a BOSS afterwards. Where can I sign up for my next one?!
With Addy doing competition gymnastics, I have always stressed the importance of doing your best and having fun. It’s not always about winning.
(We have a problem with competitiveness with our little red head.)
Since my half marathons always give medals at the finish line, it was a legitimate question for her to ask if I was going to receive a medal after completing my Tri.
I told her I didn’t know if I would. She informed me that if I didn’t get a medal, she would give me one of hers, because “she didn’t need them all.”
On Saturday morning, we were headed to the race, and she told me this little gem:
“Mommy. I don’t care if you lose. All that is important is that you have fun.”
Right. I guess she WAS listening to all of my pep talks about it.
After I crossed the finish line, she walked with me back to the transition area to get all my stuff and started a conversation that went like this:
“Mommy. Why didn’t you get a medal?”
Me: “Well, they didn’t give finisher medals.”
“Well, THOSE people got them!”
Me: “Yes, they placed in their age group so they got a medal.”
“What does that mean?”
Me: “Well, it means they did their very best so they got a medal. Like what you do in gymnastics. If you didn’t do your best, then you wouldn’t get a medal.” (Very satisfied with my answer.)
“Mommy? Did you not do YOUR very best?” (touche, kid)
Me: “Well…. yes. But their best was better than my best.”
“But WHY didn’t you get a medal?! If you did your best, you should get a medal!”
I may butt heads with this kid all day long, but man, I love her sassiness!
DISCLAIMER: This post has a LOT of pictures and it’s super long.
I did it, y’all.
Now, let’s talk about it.
It rained. Early morning showers. I freaked. It made it overcast, which, made the temperature nice, but it was muggy.
Shannon and I went out into the water and swam to get used to the water temperature and the first time I stuck my face into that muddy, murky water– I panicked. You cannot see anything. I knew there was no way that I was going to be able to stick my face in that water and swim.
One of the most disorienting feelings in the world is coming up out of the water to a running position. I wasn’t prepared for that.
Did you know that when it’s overcast out that your tri outfit can’t dry out therefore, the rest of the race will be done in a wet outfit. YUCK!
Maybe I should mention here about how unattractive these tri outfits are.. geez.
The bike was not fun. I was sliding all over the seat. I felt slow and was bored. I started getting ticked off because I was all by myself. And I got passed a LOT.
And then?! I made a mistake. I followed girl in the orange. Who went the wrong way. I had to cut all the way back across the parking lot and try to find the entrance.
I really felt like a volunteer would have been helpful at this transition point.
I hit the trail.. mostly by myself. I passed several people and never got passed. But I was so ready to be done and into dry clothes by the end.
The conclusion… I will probably do one again. With a different bike. I will also practice my gear changes.
Here are my breakdowns:
Swim: 11:45 (I smoked the swim, yo!)
Bike: 47:25 (not that great)
Run: 34:25 (ehh.. for a trail run, in which I went the wrong way, I’ll take it.)
My transition times were horrible.. let’s not even talk about that. That will definitely have to be practiced as well.
All in all.. I am very glad I did it. I’m proud of the dudes I chick’d on the run– they really helped boost my morale.
I’m a Triathlete, y’all!!
Now, where’s my Swim Bike Run sticker?!
I geared up last night for my final ride on the bike. I wanted to test out my new super awesome sunglasses. I also had to get my water bottle holder thing (like that terminology?!) attached so I could stay hydrated. Also, my super awesome new riding buddies are taking my bike up to Decatur for me. So, we decided to meet tonight and ride. I also decided to try just a high pony tail in the bike helmet. Y’all could have eased my worries on that!!! It’s a total breeze! It’ll fit in the swim cap and I can obviously run in it– I feel like a cotton headed ninny muggins now.
Not sure what I’d do without Donnie.. he’s who got Kelsie’s shoes in Nashville and he keeps air in my bike tires. Subsequently, he rocks some bike shorts, y’all. Seriously. Makes a gal a little self conscious!
Anyway, he super helpful as far as coaching and figuring out gear changes (Not easy, y’all!)
Bye Bye little Bike! I’ll see you Saturday morning! I really can’t believe I’m doing this…
Wow. It’s been a while since I last blogged.
A lot has happened. But more on that at a another time…
This week is it. My first Triathlon is Saturday. I feel like I have put my training in, but it doesn’t feel like enough. With running, I know where I stand. I know what my times mean. With swimming and biking, no clue. I’m just out there. I have no idea how far I can push my body for each event. I know what it can take with running. It’s a very scary thought for me.
With all of this said, I am absolutely petrified that the open water swim is going to cause me to panic and DNF right out of the shoot. Swimming isn’t my strong suit, although, I have come a long way with this training, and feel, given a few more months, it could very well be something I’m pretty decent at.
I went this weekend and bought some sunglasses for the event. Are they as fashionable as my Coach sunnies? Nope. But they are pink and pretty awesome. The nice man at Cahaba Cycles showed me a very pretty bike and I will take donations to be able to pay for it. Geez- what an expensive sport!
I’ve spent the majority of my cycle time in spin class. I am not sure if this will hinder me or not. But I had a ton of fun doing it. We have been up to ride the course and it’s pretty flat, but in doing so, I found out that the run is a trail run– which, I hate trail runs. So, this should be interesting.
I am hoping to finish with a time around 1:30 (Can I put that out there? Because I honestly have no clue how long it could take me.) I am also hoping to not look like a sausage casing in my Tri outfit, because those things are TIGHT. I rocked my tri shorts to spin last night, and let me tell you the LOOKS I got. It was about the same as whenever I wear running skirts up there.
I also decided to wear my hair in a bun, I think. With a visor for the run, which I am not a fan of doing but I’m not going to have much choice. I would expect a ton of pictures, since my step-dad is going and we all know he is a mini-papparazzi.
Oh, and let’s not forget that I have been diagnosed with an upper respiratory infection. So, that’s fun. Two shots in the butt, an oral steroid, z-pack, and a cough syrup and hopefully I’ll be better before Saturday. I don’t think I have ever run a big race and not been sick. I guess my body’s response to nerves is for my immune system to stop fighting germs.
So, wish me luck! Any last minute thoughts or words of wisdom?