Saturday night we
Turns out, the shuttle was actually a school bus that came with the original driver. Let's call her Miss NO Nonsense at 6:15AM please! Kebby and I got THE last 1 spot on the bus at the very back which meant that the only "seat left" was the middle of the back row which was a divider, not a seat. More like a one cheek on, one cheek off type deal. Add to this we had all of our morning stuff for the bike/swim and a wheel and it might have been a bit crowded back there. I had the great idea of putting our gear on the shelf behind us, but Miss No Nonsense informed us that that was an emergency exit and HAD to be clear of anything. OK, onto our laps it goes...I am sure the guys next to us loved us. At least we looked cute in our team kits and still smelled OK. Glad we opted for the shuttle in the AM and parked at the finish as opposed to parking at the start and taking what I can only imagine was a very stinky shuttle back to the start in the afternoon.
TYR Swim: 23:44- 6th OA 1:35/100M
Ready to Swim-Bike-Run?!! Me neither, but after the first few minutes of the swim and a few negotiations with myself, I found my focus and started to try and do some hard work. I opted for my sleeveless Hurricane 5 as the water was just a bit too warm for me in a full suit. I found my way to the front of the start and lined up next to the speedster of Silicon Valley and tried again to hang on for dear life during the swim. Unfortunately, she was swimming towards the shore and not the first bouy so I swam my own course in clean water. It's too bad as I didn't feel out of my comfort zone and would have liked to see how long I could have held on. For the first few minutes of the swim, I was asking myself
A. Why did I bike so hard yesterday?
B. Do I really have to do this, it hurts?!!
And the answer to the above was, because you are in training for other races and YES, so SUCK it UP BUTTERCUP!! I continued to sight well, thanks to all of the open water swimming that I've been doing with Threshold Racing at the splash 'N dashes lately and was 3rd out of the water for the 30-39 women.
Argon18 Bike/Gray Wheels: 1:09:59- 1st OA, including pros 21.3/MPH
We had ridden much of the course on our Saturday ride and I am very familiar with the area as I bike in Morgan Hill quite frequently, so I was excited for the point to point and looking forward to putting my head down and doing some work. Unfortunately I kept getting distracted and ended up with a few wheel suckerettes on my back wheel. Had to refocus my attention on the race and speed it up! I really enjoy a point to point bike course, the only downside being that there is no opportunity to see where your competitors are. With that in mind I kept trying to push harder and hang on for the 10k run. Have I mentioned how much I am IN LOVE with my Argon18? The legs felt better than I thought they would after the effort on Saturday and I hit T2 ready to
Total Food: 1scoop Cytomax, 1.5 packs of Cyto Energy Chews= 300kcals
Run: 43:50- 9th OA and 7:04/Mile Average
Did I mention I got 2nd in the AG by 9 seconds? That's right, 3rd place was HUNTING me down. I knew she was there, but at mile 4 I thought that I was still about a minute up. I by no means intentionally slowed my pace, but I do believe that the wheels might have been starting to come off right around mile 5. Thank goodness I was able to hold the cheetah off, she was a runner.
Total Food: hald pack of chews any water/cytomax along the course=200kcals
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