The weekend had been fun already, with Mark off racing I spent Saturday on two different bike rides. One with a friend who is doing her FIRST Ironman this weekend at CDA...can't WAIT to watch her! And then later, my sister came down and we got to ride. Which was super special as I don't think we've ridden bikes together since before my first niece was born...3 years ago!! now if I can get she and my BFF KC to ride bikes with me, I might not stop smiling. Saturday evening Jordan came over and we made dinner at home, relaxed and got gear together and then hit the hay for a good nights sleep. I can sleep well before a local short race, but ask me about my pre-Ironman sleeps and buddy we have an entirely different ball game!
I raced this same race last year with only a couple of course alterations and this year went 2 minutes slower...bit faster on the swim/run/transitions and a bit slower on the bike...I was cursing the weights that I lifted earlier in the week as I was climbing the 1k+ of hills over the bike course!
Pre-race nutrition: Trying something new for race day (have eaten before long rides) two servings rice, two eggs and gluten free soy sauce made the night before and heated up race morning. TASTY!
Pre swim: Osmo Pre-load to help with salt loss
Swim: 24:01 or 1:33/100M LY 24:14
Bike Nutrition: Cytomax Energy Drops 1.5 packs and Osmo Active Hydration ~300kcal's
Bike: 1:13:42 VS LY 1:11:14
Onto my trusty steed and I set out to see if I could find those two gals looming up ahead. I knew that power swimmer from earlier would take me a while to find and the gal that I passed in T1 is a pro cyclist, so knew that she would be blazing past me in the opening miles. It took me until around mile 18 to find super swimmer and I had passed one other gal but had been passed by one as well so coming off the bike I was in 3rd place OA and leading my AG. Turns out though that more than a few racers took a wrong turn and cut the course by about 3 miles, seeming to ride an hour flat on a 24 mile, 1500ft of climbing course...not a chance really at your local, no pro in sight, triathlon. This week I wasn't able to get my heart rate up like last week, really not that confusing since last week began my return to training and I had hit the weights. Feeling flat? No need to analyze this one sista! Move along, nothing to see here...huffing and puffing and trying to not pedal squares!
Run Nutrition: 1 gel and water 100kcal's
Run: 46:05 vs LY 46:12 or 7:20's/mile per Garmin which said 6.3 miles
I hit the run in what I thought was 3rd overall, but then saw Jordan and thought to myself, huh wonder when she passed me, we always cheer each other on and in a small race at the front of the women's race, you are very aware of when you see another gal. So Jordan ahead of me landed me in 4th but I kept
|Beer and a pint glass to drink it in!|
|Post Race DQ...a MUST|
Next up is another Olympic (I think) at the end of the month and then Vineman 70.3 in July!