Tuesday, June 2, 2009

race report odds and ends






james pretty much captured it all in his hawaii 70.3 recap as the sherpa supreme (from race taxi to personal chef to bike mechanic to race caddy....he killed it!) ....

so i have just a bit to add...
woke up race morning and just LOVED not having to bundle up to head to the race...james caught my "last one out the door" moment- still throwing on the clothes and a little more coffee in hand..

loving my new race top (thanks, kristin!) and my new speedzoot (thanks to eli and jake, i got the 20 incher- over the knee- in the knick(er) of time!) this thing is seriously like a wetsuit...i doubted my ethics racing in this thing. unfair advantage to the max! i take every second i can get :) headed down to the race start....
SWIM (1.2 miles)
and we were off! by far the craziest swim start i've been in. mass start and no room to breathe. this swim start video gives an idea of the craziness..
video

after the start, i did my best and fought through but it was NASTY! especially at my pace, which is the pace of apparently half the field. there was a time i left the draft just to get a breath of fresh air..i came out in 32:XX...not too bad, but i think in my head i was hoping to go 30 minutes. whoops, way off..32- i'll take it!
ran up to T1 and did T1 stuff.

BIKE (56 miles)

james took a little video out on the course. i'm not sure if i'm in this, but you get the idea. AERO 4 EVA! (i think i am getting that as a tattoo...
video


the bike was really awesome. the first 30 minutes i felt NOT great. i had the big knots in both my glutes (like my last race- i think maybe these come from swimming/kicking hard then riding?) anyhow, after 30 minutes, i settled in and had a blast. i purposefully underfueled so as not to get any crazy ideas about running the half marathon. overall, on the bike i didn't feel fast, in fact, i got passed a lot, but i rolled into transition and this was my bike...
yeah right! that was chris lieto's bike (he smoked the ride). anyhow, i broke 3 hours and that was my main mission. i rode 10 minutes faster than my previous (and only) half ironman and came in at 2:50:XX...and the course wasn't super easy.

i hopped off the bike, threw on my running shoes, ran over the timing mat, faked out james in a full on sprint, and then pulled over and gave in my chip. i want to have a season, here! i soooo wanted to be stupid, but i did the right thing. i've now been off the running for 5 weeks, so in a week or two i'm hoping to be back at it since i didn't do anything super dumb like run a half marathon to cause a big setback.(turns out i would have had to run 1:32 to be in contention for first place/kona slot in my AG, and on that course on that day, not many people ran in that range...so i think i made the right call)

so i hopped in the pool, grabbed a drink, and went to cheer and chat (all things i love, so i was pretty happy) and wait for the finishers!

probably talking about how i wished i was running with julia....






after everyone came in from the run death march, we hung out at the race for as long as it took to get some really ridiculous sunburns...check out jaakko's!!! killing it!




later on, james and i did have a pretty awesome post-race dinner.....seriously. check the ahi, scallops & bok choy..



and the seafood salad...lobster, crab, shrimp, scallops, deliciousness...


topped off with several too many "hawaiian martinis" (okay, this thing is stoli, stoli vanilla, malibu , and a pineapple cube...i think this is the skinny martini but they didn't write that on the menu for some reason :) - i should fill them in)

16 comments:

Luke said...

dig the parting shot! classic!

Ryan Weeger said...

Nice bike improvements beth. Also, save that picture of james with a girly cocktail, hopefully thats a rare occasion...

MJ said...

Great job - probably took a lot of willpower to stop...

Jaakko Hiekkaranta said...

you'll kill it at Vineman!

D said...

Good girl! If it was me, there would have been NO problem stopping before the run teehee.

X-Country2 said...

Sounds like a pretty fantastic day! That next IM is all yours.

GZ said...

super props for sticking to the plan. That is discipline. Kudos to the sherpa, the future Mr. BG, for coming through on the post race beverages. What is with the shift in hair on that guy from face to head?

Benson said...

great job doing the Aqua-bike and staying tuff.
The food and drinks look like the perfect recovery. Yum.

Nikee Pomper said...

32 min 1.2 mile swim. Guess what? Your are a SWIMMER! Great job out there!

rr said...

Smart cookie :) Great swim/bike combo!! Love the pics.. your new suit rocks. Wish I had been there.

runninggunner said...

Way to go. Must have been tough to stop, but you'll be ahead in the long run.

Carrie said...

Hey Beth, new reader here, just had to stop in and tell you that you rock! I found your blog via the Lulu blog and have been hooked since. Oh, you also have me craving frozen yogurt 24/7.

LaurenJenelle said...

Beth! So proud of you for doing 2/3 of Honu (technically more like 81/100 based on mileage). You will be SO happy you didn't run the end when you're recovered in a few weeks. And if nothing else, you are forced to get amazing training time with swim and bike - it's showing. See you at run club in a few!

Damie said...

Beth, I am a total lurker but holy crap this post made me smile. I have totally struggled with injury this year and you made letting the race go with a smile on your face seem so easy! Your smart decisions will pay off x 100 in the future for sure. Good luck!

Charisa said...

Nice race! Stopping is hard - you did the right thing. Hope you are running again soon!

Vincent said...

your a lot smarter than me, I'm always so tempted to push through injuries and then regret it.

Good luck with the recovery.