|A Medal the size of your head!|
|Finally found my rocks!|
My family and Mark arrived Wednesday and we moved into town to stay with 2 other couples, neither of whom were racing. Instead of partying it up, they took care of me as if it were their own race. They cooked for me, braided my hair for me (it was in tact even after the race!), went everywhere on my schedule and then cheered for me ALL day long on race day. Who does that, and what did I do to deserve such an amazing support crew? I tried to make a small piece of it up to them by making breakfast
|Team Betty at the Underpants Run|
Pre-Race fun included the underpants run. It is for a good cause, and it can't be missed! This year I was lucky to be invited onto the Betty Designs team and man did we have some HOT looking gals, guys and kits! Thank you Kristen!! Other pre race fun included lots of good food! Thursday night we went to dinner at the TYR house and the Compex House....I swear I only had one dinner! We also got treated to breakfast at the Muscle Milk House Friday before the race...maybe it was the pancakes and bacon!!!
|Pre-Race with coach/hubby/SUPER Sherpa Mark|
Race morning we were all up at 4:30, I was eating, sun screening and getting my hair did! Robyn could seriously make money with her skillz. If I don't have braids, I would likely have to cut hair out after each race with the amount of knots that would work themselves into my hair. Soon enough it was off to the start and to prep my bike and kiss everyone farewell.
Pre race meal: Osmo Pre-Load, water/Cytomax, rice with egg mixed in (think fried rice) and a banana. Total kcal's 900. Best to start off with a well topped off tank!
|Can't you see me?|
Argon18/Smith Optics Bike: 5:16:31 previous best 2011 5:21:48
|Cause if you ain't smiling, you ain't having FUN!|
Total bike nutrition: 7 salty balls (150kcal each), 5 bottles active mango, 1 bottle coke, half bottle perform and water! 1650kcals/314 average per hour
|keep the feet, just keep the feet|
|How Badly do you want it?|
With 3.2 miles to go I had 26 minutes. That's not a lot of time after your body has already pushed for 9:30 and it wasn't all downhill. Mark told me I needed to run hard and get this done. I have never had to push so hard to achieve a goal. As I was running with a little over a mile to go, I saw Kebby and desperately asked if I was going to make it. She told me I had plenty of time, but MAN did that last beautiful mile along Alii take FOREVER! I am usually able to soak it all in and high five everyone, but I HAD to get to the finish line before 10:00. I looked up and saw that it was going to happen and I was going to even have time to spare! I don't normally do much at the finish line, but I was SO excited that I did as much of a jump as I could muster.
Total Run nutrition: 1 banana, 1 gel (mile 24), loads of coke, few cups of perform, glucose tabs, 1 bag of Cytomax Energy Drops 450 in known kcal's, the rest in coke- estimate 150/hour so roughly 250/hour
|Super Support crew...only missing my dad!|
|Day is done.|
After the race it's time to enjoy some down time and fun activities! I have been wanting to go Manta Ray diving for years, and I tell Mark each year we are here, we are going to go. Finally I made the reservations this year and if you have the opportunity, it is beyond spectacular...they come within inches of you and you can see inside their mouths, and it is unreal.
|Upside Down Manta!|
Now for the THANK YOU's! To all of my family and friends, the support offered on a daily basis is incredible. Not all of my friends are triathletes, but they still get behind me and only tell me I'm crazy occasionally. Thank you Lance and Argon18 for the best bike, Smith Optics for awesome sunnies, Coeur Sports for the best kit...no chaffing, Muscle Milk for keeping me recovered, Osmo for keeping me hydrated and dialed in with my nutrition plan, TYR sports for goods that take me to new PR's, and Compex for keeping me recovered after key sessions.
Now it's time for the off season! See you all soon!
|Girls Twitter meet up!|