Tuesday, August 25, 2009

races and such

hi! things have been the usual busy-crazy-funaround here. no complaints. i'll be the first to admit that life is pretty good....too good? sometimes i get nervous it's so good....like waiting for something to go wrong. besides beginning my new full-time school psychologist position (which i love- my school is wonderful!) i've been packing in the eating, playing and racing.

james has been his usual grill-master extraordinaire self and cooking up tasty ahi, shrimp, grilled veggies and brown rice. and he's been updating "our" food blog VO2maxxed and picking up my slack. thanks, babe! james' plate at a typical dinner...
we've also been hitting some local good eats out and had fun on our two-year anniversary...eating oysters by the ocean
and sampling sake
in between all the eating, i've been mountain biking about once a week which i am reaaallly starting to love. i keep thinking about Xterra next year- i can't wait!...last week, on anniversary day, james took the day off work to spend time with his wife-to-be and we headed to the trails at lake hodges...
other than hitting the trails, i've been on a little bit of a racing bender lately. nothing long or super intense, just a lot of fun local stuff that's helping me get back into some type of running shape....2 weeks ago was a mountain bike race that i missed blogging about, probably while i was packing for the next race or recovering from spending an hour at my max heart rate becuase that's the only way i can describe mountain bike racing.

then, last thursday, i did the Tri Club San Diego August Aqauthlon (1000m swim and 5k run). it was loads of fun as always...i put an aquathlon picture of katya here instead of me, becuase she looks so darn good running and it looks like she is doing a little toe tap/line dance over the timing mat as she heads out for lap #2..

the aquathlon was a blast and maybe the 200+ racers show up on a thursday night for the workout, but i think it's the free food waiting :)
in addition to the billions of pizzas, there were tons of salads, pasta things, and an ice cream sundae bar....almost makes you wish the aquathlon was longer to earn some more dessert! my actual "race" at the aquathlon was fine- i really used some self-restraint (not sure where i found it) because i had two more races coming up over the weekend so i wanted to "save it" a little (typically nearly impossible for me) and i think i really did! i just went out and had fun.

saturday was the first Dirt Dog cross country race of the season. i'm lucky to be running for the BSK/Running Center women's team and having a blast so far. the race was a pretty challenging course and had lots of rolling hills.

here's a picure of morgan chugging away, looking nice in our team half-shirt. (the photos of me in the team belly-shirt on the other hand made me realize that i might have a little work to do in the "nutrition" category before my next big race...) so i give you pretty svelte morgan...
i did okay in the race and was the 3rd runner for our team and 13th woman overall.. i ran in the 19's (minutes), but some of the top 5 girls were in the 17s and i'm just not there especially on dirt and hills. with all the racing, i had to try to squeeze in half-ironman training here and there. so before the XC race, i warmed up 45 minutes and after cooled down for an additional 45 minutes, making it a long run "sandwich" with some speed (the 5k race) in the middle, making it almost an 1:50 "run".

after the race slash long run, i iced my legs, prepped for the next day's sprint tri, and headed to the Brewfest with james and company. check out his blog for the full description- basically it was a beer tasting festival. nothing like standing in the 90 degree hot sun for 3 hours the afternoon before a race! the brewfest was like Christmas for james, and i was happy to be designated driver and sample just a couple sips and obsevere him in his element. i was the most popular kid on the block as i gave away all my tastings....

photo of the tasting crew

james loves beer, i love...PIZZA! ( i guess i hadn't seen those cross country pics yet!)
james looks a little forlorn when the tasting is over :

after the fest, we went home and i got ready for the Surf Town Triathlon. again, i was stoked to race with my breakaway-training crew and also to race in my brand new Zoot racers that i'm testing for the 2010 line. look ma, no laces! they feel like slippers, but could they be race-able?

i really only had one main goal for this race- i was determined NOT to let what happened to me last year at this very race happen again...in 2008, i got owned by the big swimmer chick at the finish line...definitely my favorite triathlon memory because it was hilarious how off guard i was, mosey-ing on to the finish until i got worked...
anyhow, that was the past, i'm moving on...but if you're interested in the 2008 race report click here...a snap of what went down in 2008:

okay....back to 2009- Surf Town (Imperial Beach) Triathlon.
we started with a large wave of pink-capped ladies...the surf was small but the current was nasty nasty

the swim was over in a flash and i was on my bike in 3rd place. there must have been some ladies taking a poo in transition or something because i was only 8th or 9th out of the water.. yeah yeah for transitioning fast in a sprint triathlon!
the bike was uneventful.... i got passed by one girl and didn't pass any women. she passed me near the end, i kept her in sight, and then ran by her right out of T2.

the run felt GREAT! james told me i was a minute or so back from first (which was not totally true as he missed the girl that was really in first), so i just began running as fast as i could without blowing up. i felt good, which was a surprise after the 5k cross country race slash 15mile run the day before. i'm pretty sure it was the zoot shoes. they were awesome and not a blister or chafe or anything. like butter. i can't wait to wear them again...

anyhow, i ran my way up to the front by the time the race was over

and crossed the finish with a big smile...happy to see james, my most excellent race sherpa future husband.since then, its been more of the same this week with the addition of the new job...and guess what's on tap for the weekend- more racing!!! another mountain bike race (just for fun and practice), but i'm moving up to the "sport" category, which means more competition and longer race courses. bring it!


D said...

Oh you're so freakin cute I can't even stand it.

rr said...

Last year's race was the best race report ever. So glad you took it this year though. All your racing makes me feel like the world's biggest freaking slacker.

Oh, and of course you look hot. As does the lovely Katya! Have fun!!

Julie said...

How you are able to go to a new job after a weekend of races is amazing! You rock my socks!!

runninggunner said...

nice work on the races. Have fun this weekend and enjoy the new job.

Also, those new Zoot shoes are sick!

Julia said...

wow, I love all the photos! like the dinner plate one.... um, YUM! :)
Those are some cool new shoes; they look really comfy! Looks like you've been having a busy fun time :)

X-Country2 said...

Your racing pics are always just too stinkin cute. Glad your running is coming back. That giant swim chick story is one of the first posts I read here, and it cracked me up all over again. That was a big girl. :o)

J.P. Patrick said...

Mmmmm...beer and pizza!!! Two of my favorite things. You've been rockin' it!

Sherry said...

Wow! That is a lot of racing. You are such a budding STAR! Love those new Zoot shoes! LOVE!

Slater Fletcher said...

Nice finish to a big weekend! Dirt is the best. Have fun in the hills on Sunday!