Weekly Recap – ONE MONTH BEFORE PUMPKINMAN!!!!

Weekly Recap

When I see others training for events, I always wonder how many hours and miles they put into their week. For me?

When I train for marathons it’s 50-60 miles which is about 7-8 hours if there’s no trail miles…

For the triathlon? Specifically this 70.3 I’ve been targeting 8-10 hours. Sometimes I come close to 10 hours but usually I don’t make it. I had high hopes of going into 12-15 hours a week, but the 10 hours a week alone is close to burning me out.

In the end, the best weekly hours of sweat should be whatever leaves you feeling the most energized and prepared. I could be a better athlete and do more morning workouts, but I find myself craving more and more sleep.

My goal is to finish and I’m working on that being enough. Type A personality take a back seat!

This week my mileage dipped below 35 miles, a minimum that I used to try to hit within 4 days. However, I did hit 10 hours of “training” and 102 miles of sweat.

Monday – Rest (Traveling and errands day)

Tuesday – 10 Mile Run (8 miles on incline 3 and 2 on incline 2) average pace was 8 minutes but the first hillier 8 were a little faster and last two were around 8:15 pace to cool down.

Also did an evening swim after avoiding the pool for a week once again. 42 laps (2,100 yds or about 1.19 miles) in 65 minutes with up to 4 people in my lane. If there’s one thing the Malden Y has prepared me for, it’s swimming in a large crowd with people limps constantly whacking you.

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Wednesday 8 miles at 7:48 pace. Stayed on incline 2 because my legs felt pretty tired from Tuesday. I realized just how tight they were when I tried to line them up against a wall.

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Harder and more painful than it looks!

Thursday – 50 minute spin and 10 mile run

Spin class went okay. Had some trouble with the bike I was on… Very squeaky but I tried to make the best of it. Around 17 miles per that meter but who knows how true that is. I did a runmute home after work with a little bit of a hail storm 3/4ths into it!

Check out my instagram video – Running is hard enough without giant ice balls gunning you down. Who needs an ice bucket challenge when you can just run in a hail thunderstorm while the sky is still bright blue. The run ended up being 8:24 pace for 10 miles that excludes the hail storm pause.

Friday – Rest day It wasn’t planned but we went out to celebrate Tony’s birthday on Thursday so I was a little tired and I also discovered that I have 9 episodes of pretty little liars to watch. So you have one guess

Saturday – 51 miles bike and 3.2 mile run!

I did an indoor brick workout. I’m ashamed to admit it but I don’t do my long rides outside. I feel like I don’t get to train as hard or well when I’m constantly stopping for lights and other cars. So yes, I do my long “rides” on my trainer even when the weather is gorgeous because you know the outside world? It truly is a scary place but mostly a slow place without police detail. Instead I found some movies and shoes to watch on Netflix.

But it’s not easy. As soon as I got on the saddle, my mind just wasn’t into it. it’s hot and my brain was coming up with alternatives to ditch my “ride.” Maybe I should go run or maybe I should go swim instead? Or cook a 10 course meal while cleaning out my closet. Luckily, I stayed put and played around with some music and different movies. Finally about half way into my workout I started to get into it. I have to admit that hour three was my favorite. Sometimes you just need to fight through the wall to find eureka moments.

I was on such a high of fighting through the wall that I decided now is a perfect time for my first brick workout! 3.2 miles on the treadmill in my basement because I wanted to finish watching my movie. It wasn’t fast but it was a running speed. So 51 miles according to my Garmin for 3 hours on the bike and 8:21 average pace for a 5K earned me a break and helped me avoid swimming for another day.

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To reward myself I justified why it’s okay to only swim once a week and made these tasty treats instead stuffed with ground turkey!

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Sunday – 1,950 yard swim

I thought I would spend my Sunday with a long run but the sunny weather made me sluggish. Finally when I knew I only had one hour to go until the pool closed, I dragged myself to the Y. I compromised to 20 laps, 30 minutes and then I can call it quits for another week.

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but when I got there, the pool was empty! Something you almost never see at my Y. I’m used to swimming with 4 other people in my lane, not just me myself and I.

Before I knew it, my 30 minutes changed into until the life guard kicked me out in 53 minutes with 39 laps. One of my faster swims yet!

Overall I’m happy the effort I’ve been into the other two legs of my race next month. This week I have a 50K trail race so I have an idea that my running numbers might go up ūüėČ

>QOTD
How many hours a ¬†week do you “train”?
What are you training for?

I hate the term training, I’m not in the army and I’m not a pro so if anything it’s a hobby. That’s why the word “training” or “train” is followed by air quotes.

Catching up and healing

I’m not sure what is worse, an accident injury or over-training injury. I guess both are accidents in a way and I have no one to blame but myself.

So I went to a shoulder doctor and found out what I did, to myself. I basically destroyed my acromioclavicular joint. How badly?

In a Type III AC separation both acromioclavicular and coracoclavicular ligaments are torn without significant disruption of the deltoid or trapezial¬†fascia.[4]¬†A significant bump, resulting in some shoulder deformity, is formed by the lateral end of the clavicle. This bump, caused by the clavicle’s dislocation, is permanent. The clavicle can be moved in and out of place on the shoulder. A radiographic examination, will show the results as abnormal. Pain with motion can be severe.

Basically my shoulder and collarbone will never be attached again. It’s okay, I think they can both more on. However, it will take about 6-8 weeks to heal.

For the most part, it won’t affect my daily activity with the exception of swimming.

Running

On Friday, 5 days after my accident, I went back to running and tested myself on quick 5k.

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On Sunday, Tony and I went on a hilly 7 miler, which felt really though. With almost two weeks of no real distance running, my body was happy and content being lazy. Taking just a week break makes me see just how easy it is to fall of the “wagon.”

We did start off the run with some deer sightings and ended with a bald eagle flying over us. Hard to feel crappy about pace, when you’re in nature on a beautiful road.

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On Monday, I was able to have a decent 10 miler with 8 miles at incline 3 at 7:43 pace. Just enough to regain some confidence for the Jamestown Half Marathon this Saturday.

Biking

Ahh, biking, will I ever be able to go down a hill without freaking out again? Only one way to find out. However, my bike is still sitting in my garage, waiting for a cleaning. However, my new helmet has arrived and is ready to go. I did sign up for two spin classes this week on Tuesday and Thursday. Tuesday class went okay and shoulder was only annoyed with me when I shifted too much weight on it.

The sad news, I learned that my cleats that I use for my road bike are not the same as the Spin bikes. Complete bummer, so now I’m adding another pair of shoes to my collection! Luckily, I had a citysports 25% off =)

I’m telling you, if you want a challenge, try doing a power spin class in the wrong spin shoes that don’t fit in the the sneaker cage, or the clip in part. Yea, I’m all about giving myself stupid challenges.

Swimming

This will be the stress factor of it all. As of right now, I’ve been away from the pool for over two weeks. I’m still taking Advil at least once a day to bring down the inflammation and freestyle strokes are not possible until I can¬†put on and off a sports bra without crying a bit. The upward arm movement is what hurts the most.

Needless to say, my dreams of being a tennis pro are over.

I’ve been stressing over wetsuits as well. With my shoulder injury, I might need more flexibility and go for a sleeveless vs. full sleeve version. But then, what kind of¬†buoyancy do I want? In my hips? In my chest? What brand? Should I just rent one instead? I could rent one for $50 which I personally still think is pricey! Or buy one for around $200.

On the bright side, I saw the time limit for the swim was raised from 1 hour to 1 hour and 10 minutes. I will take that as a sign that I am meant to do this. Injury, or no injury, in less than two months, I will be a half ironwoman.

Life in between

As for other things? How am I spending my recovery? Shopping!

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I love how I got this casual blazer for $19 vs original $130 at Banana Republic

Which is good, because I went and spent all my savings on make-up for my black eye.

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And let me tell you something, if you want to get a lot of weird pity looks, good to Sephora with a black eye. Ooo the looks the ladies gave me!

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Yes, I’m probably the only girl woman, who owned no make-up until now. What does weird me out a little, is that the other day, I went to a spin class and a sweaty 5K and my make-up barely moved. If we can create this, why can’t we cure cancer yet?

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Fourth of the July for the first time in however long I remember was a rainstorm. So we minimized grilling and instead made some tasty pulled pork and sides on Friday.

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Because of the storm on Friday, Boston moved it’s fireworks to Thursday night, only to move it up 30 minutes earlier than planned so we missed most of the show. However, it must have been perfect timing because it started to pour like crazy as soon as the show ended. Yay climate change!

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Over the weekend, we went to visit my parents in the Catskills (Monticello, NY)

Where more grilling and meat eating occurred.

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A few miles from them is this beautiful ranch on top of a hill with camels, llamas and all sorts of livestock!

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And across the street from it all, is the church of little green man! How weird is that! There’s some creepy/cool collection of bones in front for display too. Maybe its the animal graveyard? Ironically enough, this is also about 1-2 miles from a large cemetery. Creepy!

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and I got to visit this guy:

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He loves selfies way more than Jack Meower.

Maybe it was the weather, or us leaving early on Sunday, but traffic wasn’t as bad in the past. We made a highway pit stop in Hartford for dinner.

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And now it’s back to every day life. Working, sleeping and trying to get back on track of some healthy eating after a weekend of meats, meats and meats.

QOTD

What’s new with you? I’ve been fairly quiet lately and spending lots of time napping. I call it recovery, or maybe it’s this hot humid days of summer. I wasn’t lying when I say with the exception of the snow and my oil bill, I love winter.

3 Things You Might Not Need For A Sprint Triathlon

Like most anxious little type As, I did a lot of research before my first sprint triathlon.  I googled my heart out, read some guides on Beginner Triathlete, and went to a few Triathlon Clinics at a local (okay it was a chain) sports store.

While I did learn a lot, at the end of the day, the triathlon clinic was there to sell me shit I might not need. Nice to have, but not need to have. Now, first I am no expert in triathlons. I do however enjoy running, biking and swimming. To date, I’ve only done one and while I did not take home any age group prize, I consider it a success. I didn’t drown and I made it to the finish line. In the end, unless you’re an elite athlete, that’s all that matters for any race you do. I do races because they’re fun, not because it’s my job (because otherwise I might have to starve and beg for change on the corner).

Like any addictive habit, its easy to empty out your wallet into many negatives collecting gear for fear of missing out, or just things that are nice to have. In the end, to find a balance between everything I love, I try to first separate what I need to have and what’s nice to have. Sure my collection of nice to have has grown, but it’s been growing over three years, and not in one day. Maybe it’s the accountant in me, but I don’t have a Warren Buffer trust fund to inherit, so I must spend my pennies carefully.

You Do Not Need a Trisuit –¬†One piece, two pieces, & all the brands are hard to tell what you need. Sure, they’re nice to have and if you plan on doing more triathlons, they will be a nice investment, but if you’re only planning on doing 1 a year or less, I don’t think they’re required.

I wore a sports bra and a pair of shorts I love for all three legs of the triathlon. I ended up putting a running shirt on for the bike and run to avoid sunburning my ghostly skin that sees no sun. Otherwise, I have no clothing issues, even if I wasn’t wearing $180 trisuit on.

You Don’t Need a Wetsuit –¬†Okay this is only half true since it depends on the weather, time of year, and where you’re swimming. I’m an awful swimmer and I didn’t find much advantage in the buoyancy¬†for a short distance. ¬†Only benefit to me would have been warmth if it was too cold. ¬†However, if you are swimming midsummer in a pond or lake where the water is in the 70s, you don’t need a wetsuit. In fact, unless you’re A. used to swimming in a wetsuit (the sleeves can be constricting) and B. great at pulling it off in transition areas, it might just slow you down. After all, the swim leg is probably the shortest in a sprint triathlon ranging from 1/4th to 1/2 a mile. ¬†Also, if the water is too warm, you might not even be allowed to use said wetsuit.

Don’t rent one out on race day just because the race company keeps sending you emails about the rental option and wetsuit benefits unless you tried it out at least once the day before the race. Just as with any sport, you shouldn’t try anything new on race day. ¬†If it ain’t broken, don’t fix it.

And best advantage of no wetsuit? I didn’t have to worry about forgetting to retie my time strap on my leg. It might not look sexy, but neither do wetsuits ;).

You Don’t Need a Fancy Road Bike – Yes a road bike will be faster than a mountain bike. A fancier road bike will be faster than a lower tier road bike, but at the end of the day it is the carpenter and not that tools that make it work. I saw a kid blast past me on a mountain bike, and while I didn’t blast past many, I definitely passed more than a handful of roadbikes during my race.

A beginner road bike can start at $1,000 with everything included and unless you’re planning on going longer distance, and love road biking, it’s not really worth the investment. I’ve had my hybrid for 5 years and only recently upgraded to a roadbike because I wanted to start biking more than 20 miles at a time.

Similar to the roadbike, you don’t need the clip in pedals and bike shoes if you’re not used to them. It’s extra time at transition and clipping in and out can be tricky if you’re not used to it.

In conclusion¬†there is a cost/benefit to every piece of gear from the bike to shirt to the Garmin. Things that are nice to have tend to be for a reason that’s beneficial in one way or another. However, it’s important to not get lost in the gear and stick to the basics to enjoy the sport. Or at least your budget. As with running, the further distance your triathlon goes, the more beneficial certain gear will be. If you’re doing an Ironman, I’m pretty sure you need to be pretty talented or miserable to get through it without the three things listed above.

One thing we can all agree that you need on race day is fun!

What’s your favorite piece of Triathlon gear?

Hesitations about tri(ng) – Three things that hold me back from triathlons

As the memories and soreness of my first triathlon begins to fade, I am back to the struggle of what do I want to do?

Do tri or not to tri

That is the question. ¬†It’s a battle of being fascinated and at the same time intimidated with the endurance aspect of triathlons, particularly the half and full Ironman distance.

I’ve learned a lot about myself over the past month while training. ¬†Some things are good, some are bad but for the most part I surprise myself often and in a positive way.

Things that scare me from dwelling further (distance) into triathlons.

THE GEAR

When it comes to gear, in case you haven’t noticed, I’m not very techy. ¬†Zero drop? Minimalist? Pronation? I don’t know. ¬†When it comes to running, I’ve been lucky that I just buy a shoe (okay usually a pair of shoes), run and for the most part it works. ¬†I have my favorites that I stock up on but I don’t really know if there’s better things out there. ¬†Sure I love my running skirts and compression socks, but mostly because I can get them in pink and they look cute. ¬†Maybe they have benefits, maybe they don’t. ¬†I am not an expert, but I’m pretty sure I’d run just as fast or slow wearing anything else.

Triathlons are different. ¬†First there’s the bike. ¬†So many questions, that I don’t know where to start. ¬†Also, can someone tell me what those black wheels I saw on some people’s bikes last week? ¬†It looked badass, kinda like a biking ninja. ¬†Besides just picking out a bike based on cost and the millions of brands out there, you can’t just buy a bike and be ready. Nope, you need to learn about wheels, breaks, gear changing device (no I don’t know what it’s called), seats, and who knows what else. ¬†If you’re biking 90 miles and you breakdown at mile 40, you need to figure out how to fix your bike so you can at least eventually get home. ¬†If I pull a muscle on mile 10, I can cab home. ¬†If I break my bike at mile 40, well I’m sxit out of luck and better fend for myself.

Then there’s everything else. ¬†You can’t just wear a t-shirt and shorts and be done. No, there’s a trisuit, sometimes its a single item, sometimes there’s separate top and bottom? What works best for me? I don’t know. I’ve come to the conclusion that most brands for running clothes are equal (as long as they are your respectable brands). ¬†I don’t know what brands to trust with triathlons. Then the wetsuit. Sleeves or no sleeves? What brand do I get?

And for more swimming fun? I don’t even know where to start. ¬†I just learned they have earplugs for swimming. ¬†Things I wish I knew before. ¬†Now which do I get?

THE COST

When it comes to running, there’s very few things you need. A good sports bra (a must!) and a pair of running shoes that work for you. ¬†While running shoes aren’t always cheap. The latest pair can cost you around $115, you can get last year’s model for half the cost and most likely the only difference will be a minimal weight reduction and colors. ¬†And let’s face it, unless you’re Shalane, a 1/2 oz difference will not get me to first place in a marathon. ¬†Got shoes? Got shirt? Got pants? Now you’re good for 3-6 months depending on how many miles you run. Sure you can buy things like pretty skirts, and cute bic bands, and other stuff, but those are nice to have. ¬†You don’t really need it. ¬†Just look at the high school cross country dudes. ¬†The don’t even need a shirt!

Bikes are not cheap.  Once I invest into a road bike, I better be damn sure I like that said bike.  I better be damn sure it fits me and I better be damn sure if it breaks down I can fix it. You can buy a moped for the price a nice racing road bike will cost you. You can go on a really nice 2 week vacation for the cost of a road bike.

I could buy a used bike, but sadly, there are little to none bikes that would fit my 5ft frame on craigslist in Boston.  If you see one, let me know!

Wetsuits. ¬†Also not cheap! I don’t know where to start, but what I gather they will cost you 200-400 bucks and so if you buy one, you better make sure it fits.

Even things like tri tops and tri shorts. ¬†I don’t really know what makes a tri shirt and what makes a running shirt, but I know the price difference its 2 to 3 times more.

I’ve acquired a lot of running clothes, I don’t think I’m into acquiring as much triathlon clothes. ¬†Unless Marshalls add them to their workout clothes section.

So yea, the cost of triathlon gear is high, not just for money but for time.  As cost goes up, the time you spend researching your purchases goes up.  At least mine does.

TARGET WORKOUTS

If you haven’t noticed, my running workouts consist of one target, run for as long as I have time for and be happy. I do a few speed workouts like progressive runs because I enjoy them, however, I don’t have target days for different workouts. ¬†I don’t have speed days, I don’t have track days, I don’t have preset easy days. I don’t have a long run day, other than I try to get one at some point in the week. ¬†Maybe it’s that mentality that keeps me from my coveted sub 3:20 but it works well enough for me.

Training for a triathlon will require a schedule. ¬†I will need a swim day, a bike day, a run day, and many days that will combine both for a brick run or bike or who knows what other wacky names you triathlon people have for workouts. ¬†That scares me. ¬†It scares me to know that I can’t just wake up and run as my heart feels like. ¬†I have to mentally work myself up and mostly stick to a schedule. ¬†Of course I can still be flexible day-to-day, but I will have more goals and targets to get through in a week than run X amount of miles.

Week 4 Triathlon Training Recap

I don’t know if people taper for sprint triathlons, but when you give yourself 4 weeks before your big day to train, the luxury to taper isn’t really there. ¬†It’s a precious week of working on my base.

I did decrease my swimming to workouts to 2 vs my usual 3 I’ve been making myself do. ¬†I also knew, that I needed to get in at least 1 ten mile bike ride before Wednesday. ¬†As for running? ¬†Running is always a big part of my life. ¬†I’ve been wanting to sustain 50 miles a week but I had to give that up. ¬†I did come pretty close! ¬†Why 50? I don’t know, seems like a nice number. ¬†Last year I was content with 35 a week. ¬†My, my how ultra training will change your perception.

Once thing I also didn’t do was take a rest day this week. ¬†It was probably a little dumb, but I told myself I didn’t earn it, after taking 4 days off last week.

Monday 8 Mile Run 1,000 yds swim
I had a pretty good run. ¬†About 8 minute miles before I knocked the treadmill key out. Nothing like ruining my groove with a sudden stop. For swimming, I wanted to see if I could actually swim half a mile without a break. ¬†So slowly but surely, and many awkward turn around moves, I swam 900 yds while trying to avoid putting my feet down in the shallow. ¬†I got tired, But it’s good to know it was possible.

My eyes always get goggle eyes

Tuesday – 6.5 mile run, 12.34 mile bike
Not a pleasant run. ¬†I overheated myself by starting too fast and had a miserable last few miles. The evening bike ride went much better. ¬†I wanted to go a little faster than usual to test out my legs, unfortunately, there’s nowhere I can bike nearby without cars. ¬†I hit a few stop lights and almost skid in a parked car but got up to a 13.8 MPH pace. ¬†It sounds way too slow for a bike, but I have traffic, stop lights and MBTA buses to work with. ¬†I like to avoid getting hit by a bus!

Wednesday 8 mile run
Still couldn’t focus. ¬†Couldn’t mojo myself into a higher incline. ¬†Stuck around 2 at 8:22 pace.

Thursday 1,000 yds swim, 6.4 mile run
I learned a new thing.  Kicking.  Yea, when people swim, they should kick. It helps you move forward. Unfortunately, I got tired of kicking very quickly. After swimming, I waited for Tony to get home and we ran a little bit on the Malden bike path.

Friday 8.3 mile run
While I can’t say I completely got my groove back, it was a nice start. ¬†Maybe the nice 70s weather helped. I decided I couldn’t miss out on running outside, so I went on the Charles. There was some construction that derailed me and frazzled me, but I eventually got back in my groove. ¬†Ended up being around 8:26 pace. ¬†Not my best for the Charles, but a happy run.

Best view of Boston from the Charles

Saturday 4.2 mile run
Shaking out the legs. Went for a short brisk run around a hilly pond.  Was doing 7:45 minute miles.  I think it was here where I tweaked my adductor, because I felt the pain Saturday night but chose to ignore it since I had a race.

Sunday – 900 yd swim, 10 mile bike, 3 mile run
The big day.  So big it deserves its own recap.  Check out my Appleman Sprint Triathlon race recap.

Total Miles – 44.4

Total Feelings РProud but injured 

I gave up doing 6 more miles Sunday night to reach 50.  I had the energy; however, my adductor on my left leg felt very sore.  On Monday when I woke up, it hurt to walk.  Luckily, with rest for 2 days, where I barely moved myself off my work chair or couch, I am back to being my wonderful running self!

2013 Appleman Triathlon Race Recap

The 2013 Appleman Sprint Triathlon took place on Sunday July 14th at 8AM in Littleton, MA. ¬†Registration was $70 plus $12 USAT fee that every triathlon does. I haven’t done any triathlons but I think that’s relatively inexpensive for sign-up a month before.

The race was sold out to 600 people according to race directors.  However, race results show only 470 individuals which includes the disqualified individuals.  I think maybe the others were in team relay.

I set the alarms the night before always in constant fear of oversleeping.

I woke up well before 5:40 since it was hot, I was excited and nervous and my choice of food and beverages from Saturday’s pool party were probably not the best (but still totally worth it).

Luckily, I packed all my gear (besides my clothes) and bike into the car the night before.

The “gear”

Swim – Speedo goggles, pink swim cap the race gave, sports bra and shorts,

Bike РJamis Coda Femme Hybrid Bike, Old most likely expired helmet (I ordered a new one after I noticed the foam was separating from the plastic.), Wave Sayonaras, my favorite old navy running tank, camelpak filled with water a nuun tab.

Run – Same mizunos I biked in.

Misc. Two towels, One to lay out my transition items, one to wipe my feet, extra pair of socks in case I spilled water or something, Gu, a cap (in case it rained?), a bottle of water to wash my feet. Babywipes, to freshen myself up before getting brunch.

Since I spent all of Friday night prepping my list and setting up a tri-pile in our living room, I was able to get dressed and make a peanut butter sandwich and shuffle myself and my favorite partner out of the house in 20 minutes!  We got rewarded with a fairly easy drive to Littleton in about 36 minutes.  I guess not too many folks are out on the roads at 6AM on a Sunday.  I wonder what they could be doing ;).

At 7AM, an hour before gun shot, about half of the athletes already showed up.  I got my number, my time tag, and began setting up my transition area.  Failure #1: I set up my transition towel on the wrong side of the bike before a volunteer tells me I did all wrong (in a nice way).  Good thing I got started with everything any hour early.

Failure #2¬†– Everyone with road bikes used their drop bars to attach their bike. ¬†Mine didn’t have any and it took me a while to figure out how I too can secure my bike to the mount. ¬†Luckily Tony was there before I started crying.

The slogan for this photo is “triathlons, best cure for hangovers”

I was set up and ready to go with 40 minutes to start time. ¬†I know T would have liked more sleep but I didn’t mind being early too much. ¬†It was nice to relax and watch all the triathletes set up. ¬†Plus I got to do another race with my friend Anna.

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The swim was a half mile in Long Pond (doesn’t it seem like every pond is “long pond”). ¬†You see that orange buoy to the left, we swam there, then across of an orange buoy so far to the right it didn’t make it to my photo.

The swimming was in waves broken up by age and gender. ¬†Male/Female, Under 40/Over 40 and I’m not sure what the 5th wave was. ¬†What the race also offered was a swim angel if you wanted one. ¬†This amazing individual will swim with you and a noodle the whole race. You can rest on the noodle when you need to and as long as you don’t swim with it, you are not disqualified!

The offered it to the first wave, the men under 40 and no one took one.  As soon as they offered it to my wave, my hand went straight up!

Somewhere all the way to the left and the back is me in that pink hat wave!  I might have gotten a little too much to the left and paid the price in slowly having to swim back around across.

Visibility was nonexistent in the pond. ¬†I’m not sure if water in a lake is any clearer. ¬†I did hit someone by accident while I was underwater and felt awful. ¬†Although I did get hit a few times myself. ¬†My swim angel warned me whenever the other waves were catching up but luckily I was able to avoid most crowds until the end.

I ended up not using the noodle once, but it was nice to know that if I got kicked in the head, someone would notice if I couldn’t resurface!

And yes, towards the end I was checking every second if my feet could touch land and as soon as they did I gave up swimming in the mass of bodies and ran!

T1 was interesting. ¬†I don’t know why a lot of people were walking over to their bikes so slowly. ¬†I don’t know if I was being rude, but I ran past the people that would stop dead short and walk in the narrow transition walk out of the area. I think I did a great job of running while removing my goggles and cap. ¬†Face of pure determination right there.

Total Time 25:59
Division 15/19
Overall 431/470

Total DFL was all I could think.

Pulled my shirt on, snapped on my camelpak, shoved my feet into my socks and shoes, helmet secured and walked my biked, well ran my bike over to where we could start the bike part at the bottom of a small hill.

The bike

While I did 2 or 3 bike rides while training for this race, one thing I never biked on was hills. For some reason I imagined the course to be fairly flat. ¬†Well, the hills forced me to learn my gears quickly. ¬†Big gear, little gear, I was switching back and forth. ¬†I got passed by a lot of road bikes, and I passed a few of them back on the uphill. ¬†My legs definitely didn’t expect biking to be as challenging as it was. ¬†The downhill part was fun and while I was always terrified of a sharp turn at each bottom and a helmet that would probably shatter before it would protect my brains, for the most part I blazed as fast as my little bike could carry me.

Overall, had I done a few hill bike rides and learned how to use my gears faster, I think the course would have been a blast! And a road bike would have helped.  Dear summer Santa, bring me a road bike.

Total Time 40:31
Division 10/19
Overall 294/470

The Run

By the time I was getting to the run, I was in the back of the pack and I was ready to get down to business. ¬†The run! I mean it’s only 3 miles. ¬†My 10K PR is 6:45 pace so a 3 mile should be a breeze. ¬†Well as soon as I got off my bike, the definition of brick set in. ¬†I didn’t realize the hills is what makes the brick run, not a relaxing bike ride through a flat road I practiced on.

This is not exact distance but this is how the run appeared to me. ¬†I didn’t see any mile markets so who knows.

Run a mile uphill. ¬†Run half a mile across a flat field trail. ¬†Run half a mile up a muddy trail with boulders (because clearly I didn’t get enough mud in June), run a half mile downhill on a trail with no boulders, .75 miles downhill on roads and .25 miles to the finish line!

It was hot. ¬†I’m not certain but I think by the time I was running weather was around 85 and I ran under every kind resident who offered their hose water. ¬†I took cups of water and poured over my head so I could continue passing people.

The run was a challenge, but I think the variety made it fun, or maybe I was feeling a little better because all those people who passed me on a road bike, well their clip in pedals can’t help them then!

I was determined to not let anyone pass me. ¬†I mean I was in the back of the pack to begin with but I wasn’t going to throw in the towel just because I was losing.

Total Time 26
Division 2/19
Overall 93/470

Overall, I think this triathlon was a great experience. ¬†If anything, my short comings are motivating me to train longer and better for my next one. ¬†I don’t know when or where, but I want to do an Olympic sprint distance next. ¬†Maybe with a few more months of swimming. But first, I need to get a road bike!

Overall Results

Total Time 1:32:31
Division 9/19
Overall 277/470

I’m pretty happy with how I worked myself back up. ¬†Can I call this a negative split race?

Weekly Recap – Triathlon (Lack of) Training Week 3

Last week was a chill week.  I could have used the extra long weekend to run more and bike more and be cooler than you but I got lazy and just watched lots and lots of cats and fireworks.  It was hot and sometimes you need a chill week.

For a moment I had this crazy goal of trying to reach 3,000 miles (running) for 2013. ¬†Than I did the math and that’s 65 miles per week or so for the rest of the year. ¬†Yea… maybe next year!

Monday – Rest

Tuesday РI was a good little triathlete wannabe and did my workouts!  Ran 13 miles in two parts (8 and 5) and swam 1,000 yds.

Wednesday – I had a little motivation so I ran 8 miles so kinda okay

Thursday, Friday, Saturday РNo running, no biking, no swimming, no real excuse.  I did hike about 3 miles on Friday and about 8-9 on Saturday =)

Preview of the Mount Washington hike

Sunday – I thought all those days off from running would help me regain my running mojo but instead it was hot and humid and I slowly suffered through 6.25 miles before I gave up.

However one great thing about this week was that I tested out the pond for my triathlon! ¬† I am excited! ¬†I will be the slowest swimmer that was but I can’t wait!

Total Miles 27.25

Total Feelings – I’m sick of summer

 

Ever lose your running mojo?