saturday was the May TCSD club race. i won't be in town for the June and July club races (sad!), so i thought i'd do this one for fun even though it was just a week after my last race.
i got to the race site on coronado island at 6:15 for a 7am start, so not much time for warming up after setting up transition, checking in, etc...
the race was 800-1000 meter swim, 11.5 mile bike, and 3 mile run.
the gun went off when i was chatting with 3 friends in the water. i hadn't warmed up at all, but wasn't worried. this one was just for fun, right? well, during the swim, since it was a mass start with about 150 people, i thought it would be a good time to practice drafting off feet since i have been draft-less in my prior races. i thought to myself, "swim, swim, swim, surge...to the next feet. swim, swim, swim....surge.." well, during the swim out (about 300) to the first buoy, i did a lot of, "swim, swim over, swim under, knocked in face, sitting on slow feet, surge...more of the same" it was by far the most crowded/violent race start i have been in, so good practice. and i definitely did a "note to self" not to pick feet to draft off of too early- pretty sure i hung on to some slower folks for a while, all proud of myself for being on feet, all disregarding that they weren't so much moving fast.
anyhow, around the first buoy, things thinned out a bit and i still had some good feet...yay! i kept my swim consistent and felt aerobic the whole time (hmmmm...should i be going harder in a sprint?), but felt great. exited the water and then..
T1 - total disaster! i couldn't for the life of me get my wetsuit top over my head. my arms simply wouldn't lift it! i ran all the way to my transition with the top fully on and it seemed like it took forever to get off. all the while, matt and brian long were there and i kept talking about how slow/embarrassing my transition was. i'm sure they got a good laugh...
bike- one the wetsuit debaucle was over, the rest was fine and I hopped on the bike for the 11.5 mile pancake-flat out and back down the "silver strand". i felt pretty good on the bike and kept things moving. again, i was very aerobic. my race the week prior felt much more in the red zone overall. but, i was definitely moving, and despite the aerobic comfort, my muscular situation was quite different. full-on lactic acid party in the legs, so it wasn't like i could go faster just becuase my heartrate was low. my legs would have fallen off. i got passed by 1 girl on the bike right out of T1 and one more girl at the end (bethany!)- she and i were both out for fun today so we chit-chatted for the last mile of the ride, smiling, having fun.
T2- when we got to T2, i knew it was time to do a little work. i knew i could catch at least one of the women ahead of me, and i ended up catching/passing 4 as well as a bunch of dudes. i came across the line as 4th place overall, and i was very happy. there was some REALLY tough competition out there today (the winner is a fast kona qualifier, and the two behind her are very fast) and a couple women i had passed were one's who had come in ahead of me at last month's club race- so i think i'm improving!
after the post-race fun, i finished up the morning with 30 more miles on the bike with some good company- tina, jess, and elena. so a strong, fun day overall! 40 miles total/bike and a triathlon on the day- that's work for me!
sunday i woke up and hit the coast for a 3 hour ride. denner stepped out his doorstep, planning on riding about 20 with me before his brick run, but somehow i convinced him to stay with me the whole time. it was super fun (except for the apocalyptic experience where we found ourselves being pelted by huge beetle roaches for about 100 yds-nuts!), great weather and we even got in some good climbing up torrey pines and la jolla shores. i was especially stoked because he raced vineman 70.3 last year as his first half ironman and had a TON of good info for me.
other than that, this week will start with some good work, and the mellow out on the training front as i am running what james tells me will be "the hardest thing you've ever done" ...the xterra 21k trail race...i can't wait! and i'll be doing a lot of this...i need to lock it down and study, study, write, write, write.
you see...it's finals week...and i need to get down to business...speaking of business, its business time.
lately, i've been singing this throughout the day. every time has turned into "business time"...frozen yogurt time is business time, workout time is business time (especially if its on the trainer...its BUSINESS time), when james does his morning routine which ends in a flush, that's business time.. this video (and flight of the conchords in general) is awesome.
this morning, james and i were sitting with coffee at our computers at 6am ..and i started g-chatting him (sitting the same room) saying..".i love it when you sit there in your cut off man tee, with the baggy flannel pants aunt rita bought you for christmas....so sexy...and then we clean the refrigerator together, but thats not a part of business time...that's when i know, its business time..." then he gave me the stink-eye. and i went upstairs and got ready for work. fun times.
oh yeah, and its for reals business time...james A race is sunday in temecula, the xterra west championships. he's going to kill it. i can't wait!