Tuesday, June 17, 2008

back in action

wow.....vacation really sucks the normalcy out of you, but that can be a good thing! the last ten days have been low on training, low on blogging, but high on family, food and fun...a good trade! so much has been going on, so i'll just give a little bulleted breakdown..
  • went to philadelphia to chill with the fam. took some spin classes (better than i remember AND one of the teachers recognized me as "the girl from california" and i felt special). ran. ate. a lot.
  • took the train to richmond to meet james and family...we headed out to dinner
out to dinner (fueling up for my big race!) here's a picture of james talking and me listening (typical)..."you see, whatta happened was..."

  • next morning i was up bright and early for the xterra 21k trail race....

it was awesome to have james and co. there supporting and cheering me on. his parents are fantastic race support...even when i was grumpy at the finish! you see, the race was REALLY fun for the first hour and five minutes. THEN, i hit the last 4.5 miles and had to run through single track and obstacles with the over 1000 people walking, jogging, talking, holding hands, some running .. it was the 4 waves of the 10 k. people, so i proceeded to do lots of waiting (like i had to wait in a line of 20 people to get up a freaking ladder!)....it was frustrating as my HR must have been in zone 1/2 for the last 4 miles of the race...but i everyone else had to do it too...so fair is fair, just not fun :). this was the first year they held the 21k distance, so i think it was just growing pains planning. i'll shoot them an email- maybe next year they can start the 10k at a different time or something. if you care to check out this link, you can see what the trail looked like (pictures 5 and 6) with all the folks out frolicking...tough to pass!

regardless, (enough complaining, beth!) i had a good race and finished in 1:45. i think without the stops and traffic, i could have easily finished under 1:40, which for me would be solid for a hilly, twisty trail half marathon with "urban obstacles" (long flights of stairs up buildings and stuff)..


results:
1st AG, 4th female overall, 10th overall human....
my last thing (rant) is- i lead the women's race for about 3 miles until the girl who won passed me....and no other women passed me. interesting....good thing it was a training race :)...in runner's defense- the course was wacky and very easy to take an inadvertent turn and wind up in a better position...so no worries..or maybe i took a long wrong turn (very possible too)...and james' family only saw one other female cross before me to make it even more confusing!

  • after the race, james and i went for a swim (and boulder hopping cross training session) in the james river...


his swimsuit was cuter than mine so i'll post a picture of that one (he's getting really comfortable in this thing...)...sippin' on athlete juice- james and xterra pro will

  • the next day, it was time for the big race, the Xterra East championships...james again had an incredible race-- first overall amateur again!...
and great support from 2 walsh dads on father's day..

  • after the race, we hopped in the car and headed off to relax in virgina beach...what better to do in the car than get down on some peanut butter?! my favorite is pictured below...naturally more(fortified with more protein, and an omega/flaxseed party in your mouth)...


  • back in virginia beach...we had a great few days with james' parents and his brother, courtney, and baby nephew..lots of relaxing. and now we're back. and its time to get back on the bike. in an hour....

good luck to everyone racing ironman this weekend in japan (go bree!) and couer d'alene (go kerrie! go jim! go andi!) can't wait for the race reports.... this is so exciting!!!!!!!







16 comments:

GZ said...

JW - if you are going to wear that suit, I expect to see the trucker chops in full effect.

BG - nicely done on the race! Damn that course is GREEN (even more green than that rag JW is wearing).

Is the arm fully healed from that freak bike jump off?

GZ

Benson said...

Nice vaca recap.
did you get a little summer haircut?
Great race! holy fast even though you had to navigate the trail dawdlers.
OMG, that suit on james is the shnizzle. He is way to comfortable with himself.

Flatman said...

Sounds like a great trip...glad you guys had fun and brought home the hardware!!

Ryan Denner said...

great finish in the human category!

I also happen to have naturally more PB ... on my desk here at work!

Shan said...

Beth, love the haircut! Congrats on a solid 21K race!! Now that you're back, you can teach me how to run fast :)

I'm glad you had an awesome break - welcome back!

P.S. Stephen (my BF) has the same green/heart/skull-n-crossbone speedos as James...I almost died when I saw them (you mean they made more than 1 of those things?!?!?). Now what you must do is design him some custom speedos on Splish.com. Mwhahahaa

Jaakko Hiekkaranta said...

Good run Beth once again! have a safe return to the grind

rr said...

Congrats to both you and James on some great racing!

Sounds like there was a little timing/course mishap there.. way to take it all in stride.

Did you chop the hair? It's really cute on you!

Jim said...

Hope you had a good trip home. It was great meeting you. Keep the monster in line.

Rachel said...

Sounds like a lot of working out/racing to me! Best sort of vacation. Nice job on the half marathon trail run! You totally rock. Congrats to James too on his win in his race. You guys are unbelievably speedy. Look forward to riding with you Sat!

Paul said...

Way to go out there! Wow. Sounds like a nice vacation!

Mark said...

Congrats on the race and sounds like a killer time! I think it's time you hid those speedos and start posting pics of you in your suit ;)

On that note, some NEW chick is in the De Soto adds. WTF? UNACCEPTABLE!

jameson said...

time to get back to real life!! It's a good thing "our life" is like a permanent vacation!

If people don't like my suit... it's your fault...

get up and lets ride...

jameson said...

time to get back to real life!! It's a good thing "our life" is like a permanent vacation!

If people don't like my suit... it's your fault...

get up and lets ride...

Nikee Pomper said...

Welcome back! Sounds like you had a fantastic vacation. Another solid race under your belt. Great job!

Paul said...

Hey,

Great job out there last night! I totally forget you aren't an old pro at this stuff. You pull it off so well! Welcome back to cali.

-Paul

triguyjt said...

nice stuff beth...great job on the trail 21k... and big time props for james who really kicks ass in his competitions... you guys are one super fit, fast couple...