i've been a slacker on the blog front. life has been busy and i have been tired! finally on sunday, i listened to my body and took it easy(er)...the plan was to race the playa del run Swim/Run and then do a 2-3 hour ride with james. the day actually turned into the race and then a 2-3 hour nap. just what i needed.
the past few weeks have been filled with haphazard rides, runs and swims and i haven't been tracking my volume...but i have a feeling (or i can do mental addition) that it has hovered between 15-17 hours overall....i think a little rest may be in order. and maybe i'll get back to training logging...i think that has been the missing piece.
this past weekend was fun fun fun. SATURDAY i headed down to coronado island for the Triathlon Club of San Diego August race. the summer races are awesome becuase there is always a good (200+) turnout. the sprint is an 800m swim, 12 mile bike and 3 mile run....Its always fun to go out and have fun, no expectations and catch up with good friends. there is a lot of butt slapping on the course and high fives. all around good times and people at a triathlon actually looking like they are having fun!
the race was a blast. i told myself i would bike and swim strong/solid and just cruise the run (as i was racing again the following day) . Well, during the last mile of the run, after i passed the 2nd place woman and almost threw up in my mouth, i laughed at myself....throwing up does not equal "cruising the run". i definitely did not cruise the run. fun times and a second place overall finish! i followed it up with an 80 minute spin with some friends to get rid of some of the junk in the legs in prep for sunday's race...
SUNDAY- james and i signed up for the ZOOT Playa del Run race in Solana Beach. 1000+ swim and 5k run....another "run till you throw up" adventure for me. when you are a middle of the pack swimmer, there is no other choice of how to play out the race....i can't just swim faster and cruise the run...and lots of swimmer swimmers show up to these...
pre-race...here's my favorite superhero getting his transition ready...i call him "RIB-U-LES" (no, not rib-you-less, rib-you-leeeez, like Hercules!!!) i tell him all those ribs are not very aero, but he never listens...
and me....at least SOMEONEs got some meat on the bones!!!!
we got to the race site early (i was with james, so it was about 2 hours early) and did a long run warm-up and short swim. coming back in from my swim warm-up, a wave knocked my goggles off...and i lost them. about 10 minutes before the race start. i had to run up the big hill to the expo and quickly bought some new ones (TYR-which i had never used)- the guy was nice enough to trust me to bring him the money post-race...i threw them on and they worked!
the race was awesome, but i had my work cut out for me. i cut through the surf pretty well (some big sets in there!) and cruised in the middle of the pack. well, actually, the middle of two packs. i was neither in the front pack or the rear....just all by my lonesome in the middle.
out of the water, i must have been maybe 15th or so....threw on my magic zoot racer shoes to do some work....i caught up to everyone except the first two women....jessi stensland and another girl....the course was two loops so it was really easy to see where you were and what you needed to do...i was stoked to come in 3rd overall!!
but, when we checked results online last night, they have me in 4th?!? WTF? oh well, no big deal. just not right. james watched the whole finish too and he was positive it wasn't the case.
after the race, we headed home and james hit the road while i hit the bed. i was cooked! not from the race, just from that little thing they call cumulative fatigue....after the best nap of my life, we had a nice lunch by the ocean....
followed by some beach time and a cocktail at Cabo Grill- to celebrate!!!.....Cabo Grill is the spot where 52 Sundays ago, James and I had what I call, "the best day of his life"- our first date! has it been a year already? although our first date really wasn't a date date, it was a "bike ride", right james? ....on august 19, 2007, we met for a bike ride and when he showed up in the same white sunglasses as me and a matching Orbea Onix (mine is pink and his is blue), I though i just may have met my match! ...what was supposed to be an easy bike ride turned into a marathon date of biking, lounging at the pool, and some mexi food at Cabo Grill....and then we did it again, and again, and again...sundays with us are like the best groundhog day ever. (i know this is making people with kids and such sick)
the original plan for last night was to go to a nice romantic dinner, and actually get dressed in real people non-athletic clothes or sweats.... but somehow we ended up at cabo grill for happy hour and then came home and grilled shrimp, scallops and vegetables. followed by some frozen yogurt.
hey, if it ain't broke. don't fix it. i couldn't be happier!
and finally, congratulations to GZ on an AMAZING performance at the Pike's Peak Double (Ascent and Marathon back-to-back!) LIVE IT :)