For the second year in a row, I ended up 3rd in the W30-34 age group but took my OA ranking up to 4th place this year from 9th last year, with a 6 min PR
So let's take it from the top shall we?
Pre Race- I wasn't much feeling like racing on Saturday but knew that the "I want to go home now" feeling was temporary and only due to nerves. mark said it's normal to feel like this when you have raced a bunch already...not many nerves to have as you know the drill. Swim, bike, run and make it snappy! Sure enough though, as soon as the gun went off Sunday, I was in it!
Pre race kcal's: Banana, pack of Justin's honey almond butter, Crunchy Vanilla Sunrise cereal (gluten free), 2 scoops Cytomax = 870 pre race calories down the hatch!
TYR Swim: 28:26, 2nd AG/11th Amateur
There had been talk all week, as there is EVERY year wondering about the temp of the Russian River...PSA folks, if you go to Vineman, it will be wetsuit legal. Something like in the history of the race, it's only been 1 year without wetsuits. But, just in case, I had my Freak, a shorty, and my speedsuit ready to go. A bonanza of options for my swimming pleasure. A girl can overpack when there's no weight limit on luggage for the car!
|All smiles before putting on our game face!|
|The Freak makes it easy to spot Kendra and I|
Nutrition: nada while submerged in H2O
Argon18 / Gray Wheels Bike: 2:30:16 1st AG/2nd Amateur
This is definitely a course where I always forget how many hills there are, but thankfully each year, the hills seem to get easier! I remember when I lived in Santa Rosa for a year and would ride Chalk Hill. I don't remember ever getting off and walking, nor would I admit to it but I do remember thinking, LORD when will this hill end! And now when I go up it, I think huh, that's it? Being in the 3rd to last wave meant that we were out on course with literally, the entire field. I was very concerned about a drafting penalty, as the entire day I was just passing people. It was very aggressive at the beginning of the bike, and the roads are a bit narrow. I saw a crash and told myself to be hyper aware of my surroundings.
Super Supporter Mark had let me know on my way out of T1 that I was in 4th (slow transition!) and there had been a super swimmer who was about 1:30 up the road.
|Kendra ALL smiles up Chalk Hill!|
|Chalk Hill Done!|
Nutrition: 2scoops Cytomax (then I go all water), 1 gel, 3.5 packs of Cytomax energy drops = 900 calories over 2.5 hours so 360 an hour. I have been trying to hit a max of 370/hour on the bike so this was GOOD stuff!
Muscle Milk Run: 1:38:06 5th AG/17th OA (AKA thank goodness, I can swim and bike!)
|Kendra telling me to come with...next time!|
I came across the line in 4:41:46, 3rd AG and 4th amateur. This was a 6+ min PR for me on this course. I was proud of the mental state I kept yesterday, trying to focus on continuing to dig just a bit deeper...we can always do just a bit more, right?
Run Nutrition: 2 gels, 3 blocks, 1/2 of a 5 hour energy, coke and water = not nearly enough! Let's say total about 400 total with coke added in and I think that may be a bit generous...but the tummy was a bit on edge, so didn't want any accidents before the finish line!
I was in no shape to eat directly after, a correlation to how hard I worked. I got in a protein shake and a coke and then it was at least an hour before I was like, hmmm, let's go find a sandwich. The only food in the athlete tent I was interested in was fruit...how people are cramming down chicken and veggie burgers after a race is beyond me. My stomach would have thrown a massive protest that would have landed on the pavement.
|Mmmmm, Vino and protein bars!|
|Alana from TX and I|