Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Not all Swim/Bike/run


I don't want you to think its been all swim/bike/run around here lately. 
Sometimes its just...swim.
Pictures, with a bit of a vintage flavor.... from a trip to Bear Lake today with some friends.
Isn't this the way summer is supposed to be?  Lazy days spent swimming and playing in the sun.




Sunday, July 25, 2010

Wearing the Big Girl Pants


It's all because of this race.

If it weren't for a couple of margaritas, some over confidance, some girlfriends egging me on and this race, I would never have started down the triathlon path.

A year ago I signed up for Race the River Triathlon at Riverstone CDA thinking...hey, its a year away.  I can totally do problems.  See - OVERCONFIDENCE.  At that stage it didn't occur to me that I should be intimidated or the least bit perturbed about the half mile swim, 11 mile bike and 5 km run.  Well fast forward to this morning when I am standing on the beach about to enter the river to swim half a mile and I was silently vowing to myself NEVER to drink a margarita with these friends again. It was definitely the margaritas that were responsible for me being in this predicament.


And so I did what all women are forced to do from time to time.  I reached for my big girl this case my blue seventy wetsuit...and took the plunge.  And it was a BLAST.

I knew going into it that last years winner in my Age Group had a time of 1:21:38.  So if I could come in somewhere close to that I would be happy.  Coach Tristan had told me that her approach to a sprint tri was simple...just go out as fast and hard as you can.  OK then.....a simple strategy.  I like it!


   It was so much fun seeing heaps of people I knew out on the course, including my friends Michelle who was doing her first tri, her husband Ken and Spokane Al who placed 1st in his AG..(Way to go, Al). My friend Amy told me to watch out for a friend of hers, Karen who was also doing the race and what do you know, Karen ended up racking her bike right next to mine and we hit it off straight away. 


 So back to the swim...well from my last blog post about the Valley Girl Tri you'll already know that the swim is my least favorite part of the race...but equipped with my big girl pants I managed to NEARLY enjoy it. It was a deepwater start which was new for me and the swim itself was longer and straighter than VG.  There was a bit of a run from the swim exit to T1 and then we were out and onto the bike.


The bike portion was a 3 lap course which was fairly flat but very congested with 700 racers.   So I tried to keep pushing and my legs still felt OK by the time I came back into T2. The only downside was that the straw in my aero bottle got stuck and was about 15 feet long and so trying to take a sip from it was a bit of a challenge but besides that it was all good.

Matt caught a video on me heading out on the run...I was still smiling at that point so that's something!

The run was a little ugly...a couple of hills but mostly the problem was the heat.  I started in one of the last fact the elites were done by the time I got to start so by the time I hit the run it was getting hot.  Luckily I managed to get dragged along by a very chatty Cathy who was happy to run with me.  She dragged me along for about a mile and a half and soon I could see the finish line and was visualizing my lovely post race massage in the Team Blaze tent. Ahhhhh...heaven. Thanks to Coach Scott and Tristin for supplying the Team Blaze tent and their support and for AJ for her magic fingers.


Here is a video of me crossing the finish line.  The kids handed me a gatorade and helped get the timing chip off my cracks me up...I was SO out of gas by then. I look like a 95 year old lady all bent over.

So here are the stats:

Swim:      0.5 mile    16:25
T1:                           1:39
Bike:        11 miles   34:05
T2:                           1:02
Run:        3.1 miles  27:44

Official Time:   1:20:57

Age Group - 6/52
Females - 48/365
Overall - 145/616

Monday, July 12, 2010

Valley Girl Triathlon

Reece's BD & VG Tri 084

Yesterday I raced my first sprint triathlon EVER....and I have to tell you it was fun.  Really.
So much stinkin' F.U.N.

Maybe it's because I didn't drown in the swim portion of the race, maybe it's because I had the world's best supporters cheering for me or maybe it was the awesome team that I am lucky enough to be a part of.  Probably a combination of all three with a little bit of friendly competition thrown in.
vg tri 2

The weather for the race was perfect so I opted to leave my wetsuit at home.  A decision I regretted when I got there although the water actually turned out to be really warm and I didn't need it in the end.  Matt dropped me off at a friends place who lived really close to the start line of the race and as she was racing too we just rode our bikes down to the start together.  We checked in, got our race chips and body marking  and set up our transitions.  I picked up my new Team Blaze race kit from Coach Tristin and had enough time to change into it before the start of the race.  Here is a pic of the Team Blaze girls at the swim start (photo courtesy of Coach Scott)

vg tri team

The Swim...well what can I say.  I survived it.   My swimming technique stinks so I think it's time to call in expert help and I'll be getting some coaching guidance from Coach Scott to get this whole swim thing under control. So I swam.  I didn't drown and in the tradition of Forrest Gump...that's all I have to say about that!

My transition to the bike went fairly smoothly although the lady whose bike was racked next to mine took a really nasty spill coming out of the water and I called the medic over for her as she had a nasty gash from her knee all the way down her calf...OUCH. Out on the bike I had a constant grin on my face.  I was just loving it.  I didn't want to blow up on the run so I took it easy on the bike and just enjoyed myself.  My av on the bike was 18.3 mph so next time I'll know to push a little harder. 

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Onto the run and my legs felt fine but I had trouble finding my rhythm. I didn't really hit my stride until inside the last mile and then I was joined by my entourage.  I had the only all male escort across the line.  Seeing it was a womens only race I felt pretty special.

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Stats for the race:
Swim:         1/3 mile        13m 13sec
T1:                                  2m 33sec
Bike:           12 miles       39m 17sec
T2:                                   1m 55sec
Run:           3 miles          27m 21sec

Total Time: 1:24:19

F40-49: 12/80
Overall 83/439

Special thanks to my wonderful husband and children who managed to be everywhere on the course cheering me on.  My lovely friend Michelle who also came with her children ( they made me such a cute little poster and stuck it to my front door when I got home). And to my team mates from Team Blaze who came to race and support us....especially Coach Scott and Tobin who took all these great pictures.

Race the River I come!