apparently i need one...but i'll get to that later.
this week was solid even with travel to san francisco from wednesday to friday. i thought that training those two days would be minimal, but i was able to get in spin class, a strength session, a 50-minute run and a master's swim session while i was there....the master's swim was fun..i showed up at Burlingame Aquatic Center,
in the middle of who knows where at o'dark o'clock. i even looked super sweet as i had brought two swim bottoms and no top (d'oh!)...so i wore a black sports bra and brown and orange bottoms. a real winner for the new kid on the block. everyone at Burlingame was super nice and friendly and the coach, Greg of Front of the Pack triathlon store in palo alto, ca gave me some really good stroke/technique tips. he pointed out how i was swimming with my arm going too deep. he told me i could picture that the pool was only about one foot deep or pretend i had to pull myself down/across a ladder yay deep in the pool. he had some good visuals and i'm probably not describing this well but it was great advice. after practice he gave me a ride to my conference which was rad because i had all my luggage and was planning on walking the two miles (we weren't in a taxi-friendly area and i like to think i'm tough.) greg was like, "yeah, your plan sucks. its pretty much unwalkable over a gnarly highway/bridge". so, once again, naieve wannabe-tough me was saved by a friendly triathlete.
okay. on to the weekend. saturday was the st. patty's day 10k. james decided last minute to join me so i was stoked to have 2 race buddies...my boyfriend and my girlfriend (bethany)...
i didn't taper for the race at all, but still wanted a 10k time to compare to this time last year. and see if there is any way i can break 40 minutes.
so race day....nothing notable before the race...got in a solid 2-mile warm-up and stretch with bethany.
oh, and in my 4th bathroom stop i saw the 6ft tall girl twins in my age group who beat me by 2 minutes at carlsbad half marathon...kind of a bummer since there's two of them which basically eliminates my chance of placing (turns out only 1 ran)..
here's how it turned out (from my garmin):
mile 1: 6:11
mile 2: 6:14
mile 3: 6:19
mile 4: 6:34
mile 5: 6:43
mile 6: 6:37
last .3: 6:07 pace
the race clock/official time: 40:00
yeah. not 39:59, not 40:01, 40:00......grrrrrrr! i was stoked because this is a PR for me- 27 seconds faster than my 10k last year, but definitely would have been more so if i had broken 40. i could make excuses and say that the course was long (and it was, about .1 according to many, my garmin said 39:50 at 10k) but the truth is i need to just be faster so the darn second is not the issue! so, off to the track for me- time to do some work! i've only been to 2 track practices in the past year, so i think that by hitting the speed work i can pick up that missing second.
60/1754 total runners
6th female overall
4th age group (those 25-29ers are so fast!)
but one of the best parts of the day was crossing the finish (after dry heaving in the chute, no joke) and hearing that james broke 34 minutes AND got 3rd overall.. yeah, babe! he was like, "we don't need to stay for the awards" and i said, "you just got third out of 1800 people, we are staying!" again, he can thank me for the lucky headband.
here's the beer garden afterwards:
the forecast was crap with a side of hail and more crap. 90% chance of don't take your bike out unless you want to get blown over by gale force winds and wetted by the gods.
so i had signed up to ride the oceanside 70.3 course on computrainers at coastal sports and wellness. even though i'm not doing the race, i thought it was a good idea so i could get my bike miles in and practice what its like to ride that far without stopping. it was awesome! so much fun and then did a nice 30 minute brick run afterwards w. bethany and our new friend andi (awesome ironman triathlete who's gone to kona and done like 15 IMs)....here's the sufferfest:
we're all looking up at this....course profile w/ each rider's place, distance, wattage, etc. made it like a fun video game....
and for the record....the weather ended up being perfectly beautiful. damn weather.com