Monday, September 27, 2010
This past weekend I was on a relay team as the bike rider for the Elephant Man Triathlon in T or C, New Mexico at the Elephant Butte State Park. The weather was relatively nicer....after the race, but we still had a lot of fun. There were over 6oo entrants as individuals and there were 37 relay teams.
My team mates and I stayed at Riverbend Hot Springs again in a 3 bedroom suite. It was beautiful and we enjoed the clouds and sunset while soaking in the warm, wonderful mineral baths. This is a fantastic place and I highly recommend it to anyone passing through!
Dawn at Elephant Butte showed the water being relatively quiet and everyone enjoying the layout and ease of setting up their transistion area.
By the time the swim started, the glare from the sun was getting bad and then the wind picked up. By the half-way point on the swim, there were 2 foot high waves and I was definitely glad I was not doing the swimming!
I started the bike in a driving head wind that I endured through up and down, rough and smooth road for 16 miles. Finally, on the bike you reach a point where you turn around for the last 10 miles and you have a tail wind. I sure was thankful for the tail wind. I felt fast and stronger on the bike than I have in over a year. The final results have not been posted, so I don't know what my time was. It doesn't matter because I felt strong again...unimpeded by my knees!
There were several collegiate relay teams and those guys and gals are fierce competitors and very fast. Must be nice to by 19 or 20 years old. The first person out of the water for the individual competitors was a 20 something year old female. I do not know what her name is but I have a picture of her coming out of the bike area. She did the mile swim with 2 foot waves in 25 minutes and she was not happy with her swim time. REALLY??????? If I could swim a mile in 25 minutes, or less, I would be untouchable! Here is her picture.
The run portion covers some tough, sandy rolling hills as well as a 3.5 mile run over the dams. Participants have to sign a dam waiver and the dam is never open to run, bike or drive over except for a couple of triathlons. It was tough on Sunday because the wind died down and the temperature soared into the 90's at the end of the bike and throughout the run. Here is a picture of a section of the run course along the lake.
I'll get the results later this week. It was fun, hot, challenging, windy...Yes, I will do it again! I did the absolute best that I could on the bike. I left it all on the course and I even had a tough time jogging from the bike to the time chip exchange area. I have no regrets on my effort and can't wait until next year.
Friday, September 24, 2010
Yup...all of the kids in my "home room" class are awesome. They are all different, and I think I have one of most everything.
one that always had an excuse not to participate,
one that drinks too much at his tender age of 15,
one that raises several different types of animals and usually is entertaining a different aroma every day.
A mom bettering herself for her child,
one that is negativity personified,
Miss Goody Two-shoes that never does anything wrong (never does much of anything),
the two class clowns that are great athletes but not on any teams because it is just not cool to be smart,
the happy go lucky stoner that has no idea where or (what) last nights homework assignment was,
and the self proclaimed drama queen/movie star.
I deal with these kids and their personalities everyday of the week. I worry about them and what decisions they will make and therefore I mentally take them home with me every weekend and evening. I am mom, dad, priest, doctor, lawyer, confidante, best friend and worst enemy. Sometimes I just want to walk out the door and scream!
Fridays the school always has advisory competitions of some sort. Regardless what is going on with these kids...Fridays they function as one unit! They are kicking the snot out of the rest of the advisory classes and they are always ready to play again (probably to rack up more points). They come from all sorts of home-life situations but they are supportive to me and my triathlons and today they are almost as excited about my competition this weekend as I am. It is Friday....gotta luv'em....Monday, maybe not!
You all have a great weekend. Be safe, active, and above all....have fun!
Sunday, September 19, 2010
I went on a nice bike ride today. It started off a little cool and let me know that winter is just around the corner. You wouldn't know it looking at the plants.
I went with a good friend of mine and her husband. We are all training for the Elephant Man Triathlon that we are doing this coming weekend. The weather should be great. My friend is doing the 1 mile swim, I am doing the 25 mile bike ride, and "hubby" is running. We are going to have a blast!
Hope everyone had a fantastic and active weekend!
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