Wednesday, August 24, 2011
OK- I complain about my lack of blogging and then it only gets worse BUT I can say I've been a busy girl ;) Work, a bit of travel, kids, kid's school, soccer, karate... the list is never ending I tell ya.
So! This past weekend I completed my FIRST TRI!!! I ran the Huntsville Sprint TRI. It was a SHORT reverse tri RUN-BIKE-SWIM... 3mi/6mi/400m, but it was a lot of fun. The race is limited to 500 participants and it closed out more than a month before the race. The race is suuuuppppooooosed to be run in heats of 100 folks based on your run time which would have put me in either the tail end of the first heat or the front of the second heat. As it turns out the race organizers used a new registration process and it dropped everyone's entry times. They ended up starting the heats based on your race number... I was 402 and started with the fifth heat. Not too bad really. I started with all the munchkins and teams, which made some fun chats with the kids on the trail... I was sooo proud of one little boy who ran with me almost the whole way who asked me towards the end of the race, "ma'am, how much further do we have to go?" I told him only about 800 meters. With a huge smile and a burst of speed he said, "WOW!!! I can't believe I did this!" I told him he was suuuuper awesome and his family was going to be way proud when he crossed the finish line to tag his sister for the next leg... I thought he was just about to cry he was so happy about his achievement! I was glad he chose to run with me ;)
Backing up a bit... My mom came up for the weekend to help me with the kids because my hubs was in training in Maryland for his deployment coming up NEXT week and hubs actually managed to break away for the weekend to fly home and watch the race! Since I had TWO great helpers home for the weekend I snatched up my mom and took her to the race with me. After a TERRIBLE night's sleep 4:30 am came waaay too early for both my mom and me but we made it downtown in time for final race prep and to meet up with my training crew and ride over to the start line.
I left my mom at the finish line and told her to look out for Dave and the kids. She got roped in to helping set up and into writing numbers on the swimmers for the relay team. She REALLY had a good time ;)
ANYWHO- back to the race! mmm.. oh yeah! the run! The first leg of this tri is a 3mi training run.... the trail is technical enough that I run it approximately 2-3 minutes slower than any 5k time I've put down in over a year.... so it's a bit tough. I've managed to avoiding KILLING myself on the trail for the last 16 weeks but wouldn't you know it, I wrenched my ankle on a root just over a mile in. I kept going hoping I could run it off and it worked for the most part... I didn't really feel any pain until Saturday night when it woke me out of a dead sleep in the middle of the night :( My ankle is about the size of a baseball and super sore still. The rest of the run went well and I had fun chatting at the kids on the trail.
First transition went well and I got off to a great start on the bike. the whole bike course consisted of little rolling hills, the kind that you barely notice till you look down and you're going 5 mph slower than you thought you were. UGG. The good news is I averaged right around 19 mph and made up a lot of ground. I passed loads of folks in the third and fourth heats.
Second transition was quick and I hopped in the knowing I was going to FINISH the race, which was an AWESOME feeling but did I mention I am NOT a swimmer?! ok ok ok.. we all have something we need to work at... I need to spend WAY more time in the water in order to get better but I was nearly wiped out by the time I got to the pool. I truly took my time in the water just to make sure I didn't sink to the bottom of the pool... it was rough though and my time is evidence of that. I swam the 400m 2 full minutes slower than I had EVER done before but in the end I was just happy to get out of the pool! HA!
the REALLY good news is that I did well in the overall race and i managed to PLACE in my age group... ok, I TOOK my age group! WHOOHOO!! I also place 7th overall... that was the bigger surprise actually.. I had been telling everyone I finished 12th with a goal to be in the top 10 NEXT year! I'll have to figure out a new goal I guess ;) So here are my splits for the race.
Div Sex Name Age Run pace Tran1 Bike pace Tran2 Swim Finish
Fin Plc time Time Time Time
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1 7 Noel 34 1 25:15 8:25 1:28 1 18:56 19.0 0:46 8 10:38 57:02
I had a BLAST!!! Frantic Frog, HERE I COME!
my coach/the race sponsor James and my daughter
(next stop is actually the Rocket Man Olympic distance tri. I volunteered and I get to work the race this weekend!)