Let me back up a bit. 2 years ago, at Solana Beach triathlon, the waves were so big (to me) that the event crossed the line from being "fun" to being "not fun". After that one, I said to myself, "no big wave/ocean starts for a while". In 2010 I signed up for and completed probably 10 triathlons. ZERO of which had ocean wave starts. I picked my battles and decided waves weren't one of them.
This year, James suggested we do Carlsbad sprint tri. It's one I've never done and it's one of the longer sprints in San Diego county (1k ocean swim, 18 mile ride, 5k run). It was one week before Vineman 70.3 and sounded like a perfect tune-up (and a way to avoid the 20kTT/5krun brick situation that Dirk always gives during taper week) . AND, it's 8 miles from home so we could ride our bikes there (very early)
|Pre- 6am ready to roll!|
It WAS an ocean swim, but I thought I had toughened up. Ok, let's cut to the chase. The waves were big, not huge. I started in the elite wave with like 5 girls and 100 big burly dudes.
|Swim start- Me, James, Tatiana, Heather Jackson. Photo by Michellie Jones, yes the Michellie Jones|
Yes, people with less swimming "skill" made it through, but I just didn't have what it took. No excuses. I got scccrrrd. I can be hard on myself, you can be hard on me, and I had one friend tell me to "eat a spoonfull of cement and harden the F up" (TRUE!!) Haha. But, well. I got over it pretty quickly. My eye is on next weekend.
So I went back to transition, cheered in all of the (tougher than me) elite women from the swim, turned in my timing chip, and then went out and did a workout. Hello! I paid for that race and needed to get a little money's worth. Kristin (who also happens to be wave-shy like me) did the same and we went out and did the bike and run course, cheering along our teammates and friends. It was actually pretty fun. Congratulations to Heather Jackson for the win and to my tough teammates and friends.
|Me & Kristin making our rounds :)|
After the race, we biked home
|Biking home, d'uh!|
Today (Monday) I was supposed to recover with a swim and an easy run to start my Vineman 70.3 taper (it's this Sunday!). Somehow I ended up on a six hour ride with a bajillion feet of climbing up Mt. Laguna with Julie and Liz. Whoops. Don't do as I do. I will occasionally post smart training tips and workouts. This is not one of them. Good thing my coach, Dirk, is in Germany (he crushed Challenge Roth!) and busy doing German things so likely not reading this. So, taper starts tomorrow. Instead, I christened today, July 11, as KONA training, DAY 1.
|Monday riding buddies!|
|Me & Liz in Descanso, halfway UP.|
And it was a blast. No regrets! I will buckle down and stick to the plan for the next 3 months starting TOMORROW!