Tuesday, June 25, 2013
What a Weekend I had.
Friday night we went to a concert. Bad Co, and Lynyrd Sknyrd. Now I've been to a few concerts in my life. And around here when you go to a concert people stand for the first few songs and then sit for the rest of them. OMG not this concert. They stood for the whole thing! 4 hours of standing! All I could think of was man my legs well be tired in the morning. The concert itself was great and we had a good time. Didn't get home until midnight and had a bike date with a friend set for 10:00 am.
Saturday morning we did a bike ride with our friend. She's new to triathlons, and bike riding on the streets. She's done spin classes but not a lot of riding her bike on the road. We did the rolling hill ride that we have out here that's about 23 miles long. She did great my husband taught her a lot of stuff while I lead the rout. She wants to go with us again.
After our bike ride I took a quick nap and rested my legs as much as I could. I had my 5k race that night.
I had hoped to PR the race. I'll brake the suspense right now. I didn't PR the race, but I PR the course. The run started off great, and I was going at a faster pace than I normally do but I also run more at a 1/2 marathon pace than a 5k pace. So I thought I was OK. I actually ran the first mile at a 9:20 pace second mile was about the same. I was ecstatic I was on track to blow my PR out of the water.
Then it all hit! One dang hill I for got about. It was a short hill but the other problem was it got HOT! As in 80 at 7:00 pm at night. All that standing the night before, the bike ride that morning, the heat. It all caught up to me. I stopped running at took a walk brake. No problem I do this a lot in my 1/2 marathons. Big mistake this time. I just couldn't get going again. My legs where heavy and I couldn't get my head back into the run. It took me 12 min to go mile 3. And the last .1 mile was still hard. As rounded the corner to the finish line and the crowd the path turned gravel and a rock got into the back of my shoe. Each step rubbing on my ackelly tendon. It HURT I was Feet from the finish line so I kept going.
My final time was 34:00 according to my husband. When the race results came in the official time was 33:59 1 sec difference then what my husband got. Not bad for his timing. I placed 21 th out of 58 women in my age group. 117 out of 422 in my gender, and 250, out of 688! As a person who has always been smack dab in the middle I broke that barrier! I'm happy with my placement. I would have liked to had finish running the whole thing done better on that last mile. However given the heat I'm OK with how I did.
As the race was on the far side of the town and didn't start until 7:00 it was late getting home again. Still had to have dinner and get ready for the next day.
Sunday morning our club was putting on a Triathlon. I had volunteered to take photos. So that meant I had to be back in town by 6:15 am. A 40 min drive. So up and at them at 4:00 am! YIKES that was early.
I got to take photos of the people coming out of the water, and then at the finish line. Oh that was so much fun. Other than the weather. It POURED during the event. People where falling and coming in all bloodied up. I got the joy of waiting for the last person to cross the finish line. Let me just say she accomplished something BIG and she was proud of it! The look on her face and the Joy she felt. The volunteers where taking down all of the stuff when she finished. As we saw her coming they all stopped what they where doing came and lined the finish line shoot we got her name and started chanting it. and cheering her on. It is always a great feeling to be a part of that.
The same day as we are doing this race here locally another part of our group is at a Ironman Triathlon in upper Idaho. I'm getting facebook post from friends about how our group is doing. Some of them became Ironman for the first time. One of them at Mile 16 on the run, ran past our group and said "Pray for me!" He still had 10 miles to go. All of our group finished and became Ironmen.
So Monday I slept in. :)
hope you all had a great weekend.