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Magic Mountain Man Olympic Distance Triathlon Race Report

When PTC announced that Magic Mountain Man would be a club race, George and I decided to make it our first Olympic distance triathlon. At the time, the bike course was a point to point and it wasn’t too intimidating. Not only did we get it for a good price ($86) it was close to home (so we could sleep in our own bed) and we knew there would be some fellow club members racing the event. So back in August we took the plunge and signed up!

Fast forward to last week. For my birthday we went to Disneyland on Sunday. By Monday evening I started to feel a little tickle in my throat that eventually became a sore throat. On my actual birthday, Tuesday, I already had the day off from work and relaxed. Wednesday I turned into a mess and couldn’t even go to work. I was coughing, stuffed up and was hoping the little rest I would get would help. I didn’t leave the house at all on Wednesday and was loading up with Airborne and cough medicine.Thursday I was able to go to work, but still a bit of a hot mess. I was getting worried that I wouldn’t be able to race on Sunday, but I just stayed positive. By Friday and Saturday, I still had symptoms but they were manageable. When I heard that Chrissie Wellington dropped out of Kona because of a cold, I thought maybe I should do the same. But I realized how detrimental a cold would be for a professional athlete and at an Ironman race. I knew my race would be hard, but I finally decided I would just go for it and deal with the consequences later (potentially getting even more sick).

In addition to being sick, I was a little concerned about my nutrition. I knew this race would take me at least 3 to 4 hours to complete and I had never done a triathlon for that long before. About two weeks before I asked Nancy (club member and Ironman athlete, also does a lot of longer distance stuff) what I would need. She knew I would need some kind of substance, like a clif bar, and a few gels and of course lots of water. I took her advice, more on that later.

Sunday morning I woke up at 4:30AM, last bite of food was in my mouth by 5AM. I made sure to have a pretty good size breakfast, since at Nautica I didn’t eat enough and right before the race I was starving. We got to the race site at 6:15ish and parked, got all our stuff together and headed over to transition. Sport Chalet was the premier sponsor for this race and New Balance was the presenting sponsor. They were out in full force and they even had an area for athletes if you were wearing New Balance shoes. This area included dedicated porta potties and some food items (coffee!). It just so happens that I run in New Balance, so I had access to all this goodness! It was so nice being treated  like a VIP…I could get used to it. Also, Sport Chalet has really stepped up their game in terms of Triathlon gear. Would I go to it now for things? No…but it is good for the beginner athlete that doesn’t know a thing about triathlons and needs all the basics.

The race was pretty small, so transition was manageable. I found a nice little place to rack my bike and got set up. There were about 40 women that competed in the Olympic distance, a small showing, but it was a tough race and not one for the faint of heart. At 7am the long distance folks headed off around 730 we headed down to the beach. Got in the water (a nice 68 degrees) and got acclimated. By 7:45 we were at the beach start and they gave us a few instructions on the swim. By 8am the buoys had been reset and the 1st of 4 waves were off. George was in that first wave, so I made sure to give him a good luck kiss and off he went. Then the 2nd wave went off, then it was all the women in the 3rd wave all 3 minutes apart. There was one more wave behind the women, and that was the race.

So off the women went in the 3rd wave, and I was right along with them! We got into the water and started swimming. The first few meters were fine, but then we started getting into this part of the lake that had a mini under water forest. I started to get a little freaked out and then I got a lot freaked out when I got tangled up in this stringy mesh kelp kind of thing and it felt like it was attacking me and I really didn’t want this to be the end of the race so I swam to the side and got out of it! Major panic attack! I kept going and it really felt like I would never get to that first buoy. I finally did and turned and from that point on I just swam. I hardly stopped, just focused on what Alex and Amanda over at Formula H2o had been telling me (head down, maximize stroke, grab a lot of water, etc.) and swam the rest of the way. The arch on the beach felt like it was closer than it really was, I caught up to some people in the 2nd wave and eventually caught up to people even in the first wave and out of the water I went up the hill to transition.

T-1 was fairly uneventful, I took my time and got everything together. I wore cycling gloves for this race because I knew I would be out on the bike for a while. So had to struggle to get those on… before the race I had loaded up my bento box with 3 gels and a mini clif bar. I had 2 bottles of water (1 water & 1 HEED). Got everything on, and started to run out. Heard Lisa and another PTCer cheering me on, I distinctly remember Lisa because of her cowbell! Then off I went on the bike…

Oh, the bike…where do I start…well, here is the elevation chart –

A couple weeks before the race they announced that they were able to have one transition area at Castaic Lake, no more point to point. While that is very convenient….they had to update the bike course and they came up with that little doozy. Overall it was 4,000 feet of climbing over 24 miles and it was killer. The first 7 miles are up hill (around a 4-5% grade) then you drop down 4 miles, only to come up that 4 miles (around a 7-8% grade, sometimes maxing out at 13%) then drop down another 1.5 miles and come back up that. The first 7 mile climb felt pretty good, and went by pretty quickly. At about 4 miles in I started to feel this weird feeling in my glute, I should preface this by saying that I never get cramps, well…it at some point I realized it was more than just a funny feeling…it was a cramp. Got off, stretched a bit, got back on and kept going. Was fine for the rest of the climb and dropped down the 4 mile descent. At this point, I knew that there wasn’t going to be any water until after this 4 mile climb. I had been rationing water up to this point and was a little concerned. I was hoping I would get a surprise and there would be water at the bottom of the 4 mile descent, but no go. So I had to do the climb with what I had. It was a very hot day and I really struggled to get through that climb. I needed more water and at that point I was very upset at the race organizers for not putting water at the bottom of that hill. I had to stop a number of times to stretch out my glute, at one point laying down on the ground to really get in a good stretch. I finally made it up that miserable hill and took my last little bit of water. I was completely out at this point, and the temperature must have been lingering around 85 – 90 degrees. I got to the bottom of the short decent where the aid station was a pulled up to 2 girls working the station. When I pulled up, I said I needed WATER (imagine someone crawling on the desert gasping for air) and they ran over and assisted me. One girl grabbed my bottle and filled it up with HEED, the other gave me a bottle that I chugged down. She also filled up my water bottle and gave me 4 endurolytes. I had a few on me, but I am glad she gave me the 4. I finally recovered a bit and left the aid station, completely grateful for those 2 volunteers. Climbed the last little hill and started my 7 mile descent back to transition. When I got to the top, I was so happy! I used some of my new water to put on my head and face, it felt amazing! At that moment, I was so happy to almost be done with the bike. Now I just had to get down safely. There were some viscous cross winds on some of the switch backs and I was getting tossed around. It was a little tricky, but I made it down safely.

T – 2 had even more cheering PTCers! Had my feet out of my shoes and made for an easy dismount. Ran through and got to my stuff. Reloaded my container with endurolytes, put the left over clif bar in my back pocket (took a bite on the bike ride) and another gel. I was out fairly quickly on my way to the run. Got to the first station and a little boy threw water on my back, awesome kid! The run, for the most part, was uneventful. Just so you know, it takes an hour and 30 minutes to walk a 10k. I was just surviving at this point and trying not to over do it. Through most of the race so far my cold hadn’t really been an issue. I felt some tightness in my chest on the bike, but by the time I got to the run is when it really kicked up. I would feel some tightness in my chest, cough a bit and hack up some lovelys. It was hot, I was using the water at each station to dunk myself. I had a bottle of water that I was using for drinking and just sort of jogged/walked most of it. It was 2 loops and a pretty decent run course, no complaints from me. There were a lot of people walking and everyone was just trying to be supportive. It was a tough run, but I managed through it.

A LONG time later….I was finally done! I don’t think times are really relevant for this course, unless you are super fast….I think it is more about completing it. It was challenging at all levels and I sure picked a hell of an Olympic to do as my first! (George too) Now, whatever Olympic race we do, we will PR. Overall, I did great on my nutrition and stayed pretty hydrated. I had 2 gels out on the bike and the 3rd on the run. When I was on the run I actually got a little hunger pain and remembered the rest of my clif bar and gobbled that down. So thanks Nancy for the great advice!

After the race we went to the quiet PTC tent and relaxed. I grabbed a couple of burritos from the VIP New Balance tent and shared with George…those got scarfed down. Jose gave us some nice watermelon and we relaxed for a bit. It was a little ironic, I was craving a soda and all they had were diet drinks. I was thinking to myself this is the LAST group you give diet drinks to, we need the sugar and the calories! Whoever went out and bought the drinks, FAIL.

I ended up placing 1st out of 2 for Athena…and if I would have raced my age group I would have placed 3rd. So either way I would have had a podium…but I wasn’t that excited about it because the group was so small.

George and I got home, showered, relaxed for a bit and then went to dinner. We had a dinner for champions, 2 big beers and a veggie pizza (add sausage and pepperoni! haha)

Everyone in the club did well, we all finished. It was a great race and well put together. I encourage more people to come out for it next year and really test yourself! Today i am very sore, stairs are my enemy and I am still sick. It is definitely in my chest now…just going to drink a lot of water and after work today…REST!

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Marin Century Race Report

I rode 100 miles on my bike and all I got was this stupid water bottle:

This race report is a tad late, but better late than never!

George and I signed up to do a century and a week before the race we were completely unprepared. I hadn’t done a ride over 2 1/2 hours and I wasn’t really sure if this was going to happen. But the hotel room was booked and we were going to make the best of it. So the week before I put together a little training plan, went something like…ride Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday…HARD. Rest Thursday and Friday, and test myself on Saturday.

On Friday, George and I loaded up the car and headed up to Marin. We took the long way along the coast, and while it was a beautiful drive…it took ALL day and we will probably never do it again. Few pics from the drive:

Before we got into Marin, we made a quick stop at Sports Basement at Crissy Field in San Francisco. This place is like the athletes DREAM store and I envy all those NorCal people that get to go to it on a regular basis! The place is HUGE and has EVERYTHING. On top of that, they have some great deals and everything is really well organized. We cruised around there for a while, got a couple things then finally got to the hotel.

We were up fairly early on Saturday, and we were off on the ride by 7:30AM. The first leg of the ride to the first stop was absolutely gorgeous. We rode through some redwoods and it was so pretty. On the way back we stopped and took some pictures, more on that later. One thing about this ride is that there were a lot of cows…

This was at the first stop, and it would not be the last time we saw cows.

Our overall strategy for this ride was to keep our heart rate around 150, to lube our areas as much as possible and not kill ourselves. And for the most part…it worked. There was one little bit that had some viscous headwinds, that took the wind out of our sails for a bit but we just kept riding.

Here are some pictures from the ride:

Suckin George's wheel!

Quick side shot of George

Self portrait

Long road ahead of us.

A cow

Me with a cow

This is when we met up with the rest of the team at one of the last rest stops...we were pretty tired at this point.

This is about 90 miles in, we were pretty delirious at this point and just wanted real food.

Me with the redwoods

George and I almost there!

We made it!

Overall, the ride was incredible. It was very well organized and a pretty challenging century. During the ride I never wanted to do another century…but now I kind of want to do another one. My training plan worked pretty well, although for the next century…I think I might try to get some long rides in more than a week before the event.

The next day George and I headed a little south, and we stopped off and had root beer floats:

George looking a little tired.

I’m not a big fan of root beer, and looking at this photo makes me a little sick. But we had to try them and we got some cool beer mugs out of it!

We also spent some time in the city, went into China town for the evening then stayed with a friend for the night. On Monday we loaded up and headed back home. We took the 5 this time and it took us 5-6 hours to get home. I also had my first Chic-fil-a…and my last.

Century ride = done!

Nautica Malibu Triathlon Race Report

This is my blog right? I wouldn’t know since it has been so long… I have just been super busy with training and work that I don’t really know what to do with myself. I’m also lazy when I am not busy, so that would explain a lot…

Okay, so I still owe you all a race report for the Marin Century, that one is coming down the pipeline as well….eventually….

But let’s focus on the most recent race, shall we? Mostly because I can actually remember most of it.

The night before the race I got everything packed up and was in bed by 9:30pm. I was very conscience of what I ate the day before, mostly focusing on veggies and not hard to digest foods. I woke up at 3AM Sunday morning and started to get ready, there was a coffee panic attack when I couldn’t find my k-cups, but alas, they were hiding in the cupboard….of all places! Was able to get down half a PB&J, i had a late dinner so I wasn’t too hungry in the morning. We were out of the house by 3:45 and at Zuma by 4:45. We secured a nice parking spot along the running path of the race and hung out in the car for a while. We realized it was pointless to freeze our tails off near transition, so we stayed in the car and made out stayed warm. At 5:45 we got everything together and headed over to the start. I would really like to compliment George and I for being very efficient. We just threw our 50 pound transition bags on our back and rode into transition. I can’t tell you how many people I saw schlepping way to much stuff, balloon? Unnecessary… Got through the crowd and set up transition. George went over to the Triathlon Zombies tent and got some gels as well as some TriSlide which he ended up loving. Blah Blah Blah…got wetsuit on…listened to an American Idol cast off sing the national anthem and off to the start. As usual, I had over an hour to kill before my wave. So I got into the 57 degree water and warmed up for about 30 minutes, stretched for another 10 minutes, listened to my stomach grumble (because I didn’t eat enough breakfast) for another 20 minutes then lined up for the start. Second to last wave and we were off!

Swim- 19:57

The swim felt amazing! Through the club we have had an opportunity to do swim lessons over at Occidental College, although I have only gone to 2 sessions (still have more in the works) they gave me some great tips on my technique. I usually stop a couple times when swimming out there in the ocean, and this time I only stopped twice to let someone go by because they weren’t spotting and heading directly out into the ocean and once to burp. Otherwise, I had my head down and focused on maximizing my stroke. There were no waves, it felt like I was swimming in a lake. I actually wanted to body surf in, and couldn’t…no waves….

Got out of the water and started running up into transition. Felt strong as I ran through and got to my transition area.

T1 – 3:23

I could have made my transition a bit faster, but I forgot to turn my Garmin on before the race so I was screwing with that as I was trying to get everything off, then on. Really have to remember to turn on the Garmin…

Bike – 1:03:11

Bike felt good, stayed aero for most of the way and passed a lot of people and only had a couple pass me. I kept playing bunny rabbit with this one chick. She would get me on the hills, but I would get her in the flats and downhills. I came in before her on the bike, but she passed me on the run. I named her “She Best” because she has a She Best top on….or at least I think that is the name of the brand….

My stomach was getting fussy with me while I was on the bike, but I focused on little sips of water and trying to keep the burping going. I knew that if I needed to I would just barf while on the bike, no time to stop and deal with that…. 🙂

Before the race Michael Epstein told us not to win the race in the turn arounds, so I really made sure I took my time in those areas. One girl tried to pass us at Leo Carrillo and couldn’t get her gearing straightened out and dropped her chain…that’s what you get for not listening! Headed back to transition, took a gel, some endurolytes and cruised in.

T2 – 1:56

T2 felt great for me, I had practiced pulling my shoes off while on the bike last Tuesday and did it during the race and it worked perfectly. It was great not having to run that long transition in cycling shoes! As I was coming to the line with my feet on my shoes there were a few people yelling “she has no shoes!” I just laughed and kept moving…obviously they did not see the pros come through. Got the running gear on and was off.

Run – 46:08

Yes, I still suck and running…but this was a good run for me! Garmin clocked in the distance as 4.17 and I did 4 minutes running and then 1 minute break. This worked out really well for me and I stayed on schedule. My feet were still numb from the water and when I started running the only thing I could think of is “Geez! This feels weird”. Feeling came back around mile 2, I am thinking for cold water tri’s in the future, I might get those hot sole thingy’s that heat up and I can put them in my cycling shoes. George thinks I should do some stretches while on my bike to get blood back there…i’ll try both because George is usually right (please don’t tell him I said that).

Before I knew it I was running to the finish, this year it felt really good and I didn’t feel like I was going to die…just another training day.

Total time: 2:14:37, around 6 minutes faster than last year and good enough to get me 5th place in Athena.

Overall, the race felt like it was over and done with really fast. I had a great time and felt like I executed very well. I am hoping to be even faster next year and get under 2:10, as usual, I could gain the most by becoming a better runner!

Congrats to everyone that did the race! This one is a lot of fun for me, I like the celebrities…although there weren’t that many good ones this year. George and I have no time to rest, on October 10th we are doing our first Olympic distance and we need to start training for that.

I’ll be back with pictures in another post.

Castaic Triathlon Race Report

George and I decided that we wanted to participate in a small tri in Santa Clarita. It was relatively cheap ($55) and was local (actually used less gas than going to Zuma). We knew it wouldn’t be chip timed, but it is always good to get out there and do the events back to back just for the training.

So we were up bright and early on Saturday morning, got the car packed up and headed out to Santa Clarita. There was a little confusion on the directions, but we didn’t get too far before we realized that the directions on the website were wrong. They had copied pasted from the main website that told people where to launch their boats from and we actually needed the beach area. We eventually got there and didn’t lose much time. I “quickly” got my bag together and we were off to the registration desk. I say “quickly” because I kept forgetting things, and had to unlock and lock the doors a few times before I was really ready. Once we registered, we found a spot in transition and racked our bikes next to Eddy. George and Eddy know each other from a while ago when they worked together. Eddy had been doing triathlons and we told him about PTC and now he is a member and comes out to the bricks every week. So we had our own little PTC part of the rack. We chatted for a bit, listened to the pre-race announcements and then headed to the water. I was in the 1st wave and George was a few waves back. Here is how it went!

SWIM – 7:20

I placed myself in the middle and front, note to self…bad idea… I should have placed myself at the front on the inside but it was a little too crowded when I got there. But oh well, I know better for next time now. Anyway, I start off fast and poop out fast as well. It doesn’t help that a specific person in a pink swim cap kept doing zig zags in front of me. Each time she turned I had to stop and wait for her to realize what she was doing. So hopefully one day she learns how to sight! And by the way, it wasn’t me that was zig zagging because I was sighting the bouy and she was making the zig zags in my line of sight. Right of bouy, left of bouy, etc… Get to the end, stand up and I hit some rocks. It was a little annoying and I stumble out of the water in 7:2o. The swim was about 350 meters.

T1

I have no idea how long it took me. But it went smoothly and I was on my way on the bike. Here is a blurry pic of me coming out of transtion. We actually were able to mount in transition, which made for an intersting transition.

Casatic Tri_01

Bike – 35:21

The bike was 10 miles with some nice long surprising hills in there. The description on their website was that we would be doing a 2 mile loop through a prison. I was like, WHAT??? Well, this should be interesting! Turns out it wasn’t bad at all, it is one of those “nice” prisons that the inmates have to earn to get there. Since this was not a USAT race, at some of the points toward the end I drafted a few girls that were clumping in front of me. I figured if they couldn’t move to the right…then I could draft them! Saw Eddy and George on the bike and made sure to say hi. I actually saw George from a bit of a distance, but I recognized his pedal stroke! I guess when you ride with someone enough you start to recognize it…just like I know his walk.

T2

Once again…no idea how long this took. But threw the running shoes on and was off. I also clipped my pedometer and my metronome to my race belt so I was able to use both during the run.

Run – 35ish minutes

Running with the metronome was great! When I was on the bike I was averaging an 85-90 cadence, then I start the run and my metronome is set to about the same. And guess what? My legs moved so much easier on the run because I was at the same cadence. Usually on race day I end up walking the first part of the run because I just can’t muster up the strength to run, but this time…I was running! Toward the end of my run I see that same girl that was zig zagging in front of me at the swim and I KNEW I had to finish in front of her! So I really kicked it into high gear and ran the rest of the way in really fast and never looked back, but I know I finished before her…phew!

Total time: 1:18

Once I ran in, I ran up to transition to get my camera. Realized I forgot my camera and all I had was my camera phone but got back in time to get a shot of George coming in:

Eddy had finished right behind me so I missed taking a picture of him, but made sure to get one of George and Eddy together after George finished.

Then George got a picture of me sporting my Team Go Smart gear!

Okay, so…TECHNICALLY I got first in Athena…but don’t praise me yet… I was the only competitor! But I stuck around so that I could get my medal, mostly as a memento. However, I did check the results from the last tri they did for this series and there was one girl registered for Athena on that one….well….I beat her! So if you look at both races, I took 1st. Whatever….I just wanted the medal! HA! And while we were waiting for the medal, I camped out next to what I always gravitate too at the end of a race-

BAGELS!

So anyway, that was our race and we had a good time and I am glad we did it. Today George and I relaxed and we will start more training this week. Our next event is the Nautica Malibu Triathlon in a little over a month and we are really going to focus on that one now. I hope you had a great weekend!

Casatic Tri_02

Strawberry Fields Triathlon Race Report

Every time I start a blog post that has a lot of information, I always ask myself… “where do I start???”  Often there is so much to say and report that the hardest part is starting. So here I go…

Friday night I had most of my things packed. When I brought my dog, Toto, in I noticed that he didn’t want to eat and was walking around a lot. I have seen this from him before and it is due to his liver shunt. Basically, he cannot break down heavy proteins, such as meat, in his liver and his liver treats it like a toxin. Sometimes these toxins go into his brain and he can’t stop moving his front legs. For the most part I have been able to control these “episodes” but it just so happened that Friday was a really hot day and he should have come in from outside but didn’t. Therefore, he was in one of his episodes and it carried through the night. I forced water in him on a regular basis using a small dropper but even on Saturday morning he was still not doing well. The original plan for Saturday was to wake up at 8, get gas, wash the car, go to EZ Lube to check the fluid levels on my car and then get going to Oxnard so that we could get in the water, do a quick ride, then check out the run course. The new plan became, call the vet, go to the vet, wait for the vet, talk to the vet and walk out with $60 less in my pocket. He honestly couldn’t do much, but he gave me some natural medication for Toto that would help his liver function better as well as clean out any toxins that were in there. Once that was all done, I finally was able to get all the car stuff done but we were WAY behind schedule and it didn’t look like we would be able to do anything in Oxnard other than pick up our registration packets. Toto eventually started to snap out of it and I left him with my parents for the night. He ended up sleeping for most of the time I was gone because he was still recovering from the 24+ hours of walking around the day before.

I can tell you now, that that was the worst part of the weekend and it all picked up from there!

We made it out to Oxnard and went to the expo. We got our packets and also picked up a couple of race belts and some nutrition. I already had a race belt…but didn’t like it (and forgot it). So I picked up this one:

It has these two snaps that you just push through the bib and it worked out SO much better than my other one…so look soon because that will be going on my Creature Comforts page!

While there we ran into almost all the fellow PTCers that would be racing with us,Eddy, Gail, Neil, Monica, Jamie, and Amy. We chatted a little bit and then we all went over to check into our hotel since we were all staying at the same place.

Once we unloaded at Casa Via Mar, we headed over to George’s grandparents house for dinner since they live in Oxnard. Since George is part Italian, we had a good home cooked Italian meal and it was delicious! Including his grandmothers FAMOUS meatballs! I also ended up meeting George’s uncle and his family since they stopped by while we were there. We had lots of fun and it was nice seeing George’s grandparents. We left there about 7pm and headed back to get settled for the night. For whatever reason our bodies were telling us that we were tired, I think they knew what they would be doing the next day 😀

It was a bit of a struggle to finally fall asleep, Curious Case of Benjamin Button was on and I really like that movie, so I had to force myself to stop watching! The next morning George was up at 4am and I slept till about 4:45am. We got ready and we were out the door by 5:30am and we rode to the start which was 2 miles from the hotel. Gail snapped this photo of George and I as we were leaving, I can’t believe our smile is so big considering it is 530am!

So we were on our way! The ride over to transition was nice and only took us a few minutes. We also were able to pass all the people waiting to get into the parking lot, sweet! Once we got there, we set up in transition, got body marked, pre race potty, and then walked over to say hi to David over at the booth. David snapped this one before the race:

We quickly realized they were shutting transition down, which George still isn’t happy about, so we quickly ran in and got our stuff and headed to the beach. The water looked good, waves were okay and I cheered on as fellow PTCers entered the water. I was the one of the last waves and went off around 7:45.

So here is how it went!

SWIM – 1/4 of a mile

Ran in the water, dove under a few waves, popped up, started swimming, started to wheez and couldn’t catch my breath. That was basically the story for the whole swim. I was having a REALLY hard time getting any breath and I am not sure if it was because I went out too fast, or if the water was cold, or what…but it sucked but I just kept moving! I also took my asthma medicine before the race, but maybe I should have taken more…it sort of sucks not being able to take my inhaler in the water because I could have used it.

Overall swim time was 16:02

T1

Grabbed my bike, got dirt EVERYWHERE and headed off.

T1 time – 3:12 (best time ever)

BIKE – 12 Miles

Guess what? We rode through Strawberry Fields! Must be where they got their name from…in case you didn’t know. The bike was interesting this time around, I tucked down in areo and for the most part, held my own. Didn’t get passed too much (only by the insanely fast guys!) and did a lot of passing…so that was kind of cool. About 4 miles into it I grabbed my water bottle and hit the end of my handle bar and my plug flew off. I saw it go, said “oh, crap” but then kept moving because it just wasn’t worth it to stop. Now note this instance because it comes up again…

About half way through the bike I start to feel headachey…and a little nauseous. So I drank some more water and didn’t push too hard. At one point it was almost unbearable, so I sat up and took my gel that I had on me then gulped some water. George had told me he read somewhere that gulping the water is better than taking sips because if there is a large amount of water that goes down, your body treats it like food and digests it faster. This is good so that the water doesn’t slosh around in your stomach. Within minutes of doing this I felt TONS better and rode back into transition.

Overall bike time – 40:58

T2 – I come into T2, I see a couple of PTC cheerers and I pretend to fall…that was kind of funny and I am interested to see how that picture came out! I start running toward my area and there is a lady standing there that is with the crew and I am thinking…”get the hell out of my way!” Then she asks me if I am 712, I say that I am and she then asks me if I wanted to quit. They had gotten a report that 712 wanted to quit because her bike was falling apart. I said, “well, my plug came off…but it wasn’t THAT bad!” Anyway…that took some time and was a little annoying.

T2 time – 1:45

Run – 3.2 Miles

What can I say about the part that I hate the most. I am slow, I have to walk but I get through it…so there ya go! Running in the Zoot’s was nice and very easy to put on. We actually ran through a neighborhood of beach houses and some people were even outside spraying us with water. I ran under a couple and thanked them. About halfway into the run I noticed a commotion ahead of me and saw this guy being held up by people. I would assume he bonked because you could tell his body wouldn’t even support him anymore. I kept running by since it looked like he was being taken care of. That was the most exciting thing about the run. I then started to sprint to the finish, realized I had started too soon and had to slow down a bit when I got the the actual finish. But everyone who had finished before me was out cheering and that was a lot of fun.

Overall run time – 38:16

OVERALL TIME – 1:40:13

Once done we headed straight toward the PTC tent and I inhaled a bagel!

I was really hungry…

George did really well too! He did the whole thing in 1:28:29 and beat his goal of finishing below 1:30! yay George!

It was nice having a bunch of PTC people there, catching up on the race and discussing some things that occured. This was also our time for a group photo op!

Aren’t we sexy!?!?!?!

David and team (Thom & Bruce) were also SUPER wonderful, they had an amazing spread of food and goodies for us after the race-

It is this kind of support that makes it great to be part of a club that takes care of their team members! Thanks guys!

The organizers of the event had this really cool system of being able to look up your times on computers they had, instead of the papers posted to a wall that don’t make any sense. So we went over and I found out that I placed 2nd in Athena! I was really excited and we HAD to stick around so that I could get my medal, so we packed up our stuff and found a spot in the grass while we waited, and waited, and waited for my name to finally be called.

Here I am walking up to get my medal-

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And here I am on the hay stack with my official silver medal-

I met the girl that got 1st place before the race. She actually works at Disney and is also on the Disney Tri Team with George! The triathlon world is very small…

David also got a closeup of me with my medal-

It was all really exciting and I thought it was a great race. They had 2010 sign ups there for $55 and I was very tempted…but decided not to sign up just yet.

Great race! Great results! Great people! Good times!

IronGirl Triathlon Race Report

Another one in the bag! And by far the HARDEST tri I have done to date!

Pre-Race:

Early Friday morning George, Kara and myself got into the Jeep and headed out to Vegas. It is about a 4 hour drive and because George and I drink water regularly….we had to stop and pee a lot :-/ We got into Henderson right at noon, since it was lunch time we searched for an In-N-Out and found one! Now, for those of you that do not have the pleasure of knowing what In-N-Out is…well…it is the BEST DAMN BURGER….EVER! I can’t even describe it, it is just wonderful and cheap. Once we stuffed ourselves with our tasty lunch, we headed to the expo. We got a good parking spot and headed in to pick up our packets. The expo was small, but really had everything that I wanted…free stuff 🙂 A lot of the expos we go to there are just a bunch of useless booths that I rather not bother with. This expo trimmed all those away and just left the good ones. I picked up some Yankx because I never really got any for my new shoes and Kara got a Iron-Girl t-shirt. Speaking of t-shirts, we also picked up our event shirt and it is really a great shirt! It is a women’s fit technical t-shirt and it looks cool. Once we were done there we decided we should go for a little ride of the course, so we all changed and got on our bikes. I wasn’t sure how far we would be able to go because it was the middle of the day and it was almost 100 degrees. Sure enough, we made it to the top of the big hill and we all decided to head back. Here is where it got fun! Kara and I wanted to swim in the lake to get a feel for it but we weren’t sure where we could access the beach. So we walked through the hotel and George followed a hotel employee bringing towels into the pool area and BAM! we had access to the beach! We stole grabbed a couple of towels and decided to get into the water. It was a little chilly so I went and got our wetsuits, Kara hadn’t swam in hers yet so this was a great opportunity to try it out. After suiting up we got into the water and started our swim. George jumped into the paddle boat because he was scared of the  fish in case Kara and I needed any help while swimming in the lake. I swam for a bit in my wetsuit…but I really hate wearing my wetsuit. So I jumped in the paddle boat and took the dang thing off and hopped back in the water. The shock of the cold was a little much at first, but then I got used to it and I was ok. I swam to the other side of the lake and then took the paddle boat back with George, Kara swam back (over achiever). We got back to the little beach and decided we should walk the transition from the water to the transition area. We started walking, and kept walking, and there was more walking….needless to say it was a good 1/4 of a mile to get to transition. As we were walking we realized that this whole run would be barefoot, on asphalt, in Vegas…uhhhmmmm…HOT! So that is when we made the decision to get some sort of throw away shoes that we could throw on and then run up the little hill. We piled back into the car and headed toward the only logical place, Wal-Mart. Now, I can probably count the amount of times I have been to a Wal-Mart on one hand. There just aren’t any here in the L.A. area so I don’t really go. We headed in all wearing our tri gear so we looked a little silly but whatever…so did everyone else in their white trash  weird clothes. We ended up finding some fake crocs for a $1, awesome! Kara actually found these moo-moo slippers and it turned out they weren’t $1, but she talked the cashier into giving them to her for a $1….sneaky sneaky! Btw, these shoes ended up becoming VERY handy all day Saturday. Once our adventure at Wal-Mart was complete we headed over to the hotel to check in and get ready for din-din. Kara had a couple of friends in the area, so she went to dinner with them. George and I ended up at a restaurant in a casino that we had gotten a restaurant.com gift certificate to. The place was great, the staff was nice and the food was good! That turned out to be a great pick for a pre-race dinner. We then headed back to the hotel and I fell asleep at 8:30 for a 4AM wake up.

RACE DAY:

So I really didn’t wake up until 4:15AM, but we were ready and out the door by 4:50 and got to transition by 5:15. Standard pre-race stuff…just no pre-race potty 😦 that sort of bummed me out a bit…. We headed down to the swim start to watch the Olympic people go, got in the water for a bit and warmed up. Once they were all gone we headed to the coral area. I have to say that this race was really well organized and pleasant. The only weird thing was that instead of having a gun start…it was this weird recording of the Aflac duck saying “Aflac!” and no one knew what to do when they heard it, they sort of moved but then rocked back, it was weird.

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Setting up my transition area

 

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Walking to the swim start

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Oh what a beautiful mornin!

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Me and Kara

SWIM:

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Thats me on the far right

So we were off onto the swim, I ended up wearing the wetsuit because I was a little cold, I guess it worked out well but I probably would have liked it without the wetsuit as well. During the swim there was some confusion on where to go, the race director at the start told us to keep to the left along the golf course and then when we got out there the kayak people made us go around this other buoy. I am not really sure who was right….so my wave might have done a little extra on the swim. 20 minutes later the swim in done, run out of the water strong, they have a towel for us (thanks!) and I start my long run to transition. Found my $1 crocs, almost grabbed the wrong ones, and kept running up. 

21:38

 

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T1:

 This is me in transition, I have my helmet on, still wearing my wetsuit and I can guarantee that I have my socks on. I need to practice my transitions a little more…IMG_4792_2

See George, he is taking photos, wave…smile….keep running. There were some volunteers offering to help take off our wetsuits, I passed and just ran to my transition area. While I still had my wetsuit half way on and sat down and started putting my socks on…total DUH moment! So had to back track and take the wetsuit off, slapped my cycling shoes on, helmet, sunglasses and was off. Not a bad transition time!

5:05

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Off on the bike

BIKE:

Head out to the bike, right away there is a hill. I take my time on it and fly down the down hill to make up my time. Then I get to the big ass hill, get into my granny gear, sit up and start climbing. This was a less than flat ride, it was down right HILLY! I feel like I did okay on this. If I were stronger on hills I probably would have done better. Nothing too exciting here to report so i will move on.

41:21

T2:

Threw bike on rack, got sneakers and hat ran out.

1:19

 

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RUN:

THE RUN FROM HELL IN HELL! This was the worst run in the history of runs! The minute I left transition I immediately started to walk. It was straight uphill to the trails and then on the trails it was more hills. I can’t even begin to tell you how horrible it was. When I got to the Mile 1 sign I felt like stopping it was so bad. I couldn’t believe I was only one freakin mile into this hell hole. Fortunately, there was a water station at each mile. At the first water station they had sponges, water and Gatorade…took all three. Then at mile 2 more water and a splash by one of the volunteers. Between mile 2 and 3 I fell…There were these HUGE rocks on the trail and I am not good with rocks. So sure enough I hit one and my ankle gave out and down I went. I sort of sat there for a second as I rocked back up and then I started running again, but soon walked. I wanted to make sure I didn’t hurt anything….At mile 3 was the last water station and they were yelling that it was all down hill from there, and it was. I was so happy and I started running and didn’t stop till the finish line, I wanted it to be over! I sprinted through the finish (like I always do) and it felt good. 

43:26

.5 Mile Swim: 21:38

T1: 5:05

10 Mile Bike: 41:21

T2: 1:19

3.2 Mile run: 43:26 

Total time- 1:52:49

Overall Place: 252 out of 1060

Division Place: 39/78

As soon as I was done I found George and headed right to the brunch. I ate my weight in fruit, had a bagel, yogurt, breakfast sandwich, and some juice. I think I did something to the arch of my foot when I fell, so that has been in pain for the past couple of days.

When we were all done with the race, we went back to the hotel, checked out and headed toward Lake Mead. We met Kara’s friends who has a boat and we hung out at the lake for a few hours. Kara’s friend took us out on the boat and we rode over to see the Hoover Dam. It was so beautiful out and such a great day. Around 4PM we headed back to L.A. and got home around 8:30PM. George and I pigged out on some pizza, then went immediately home and knocked out! 

It was one of those weekends when nothing went wrong and everything seemed to go right. I could have not asked for a better quick getaway, however…I could have done without that run.

More photos: http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=2010468&id=164700423&l=08737f13d5

Santa Anita 5k Race Report

So last minute, I decided to do a 5k race…. Here is how the decision went…

Saturday there is a 5k

Costs $30 :-/

They have a beer garden!

So, I went that morning and registered and ran the 5k. It almost didn’t happen though because Brandon from Incycle called me to tell me that my new shoes were in! YAY! I will post a full post of my not so happy feet later…but I will share with you now that the cycling shoes were too big, so we have to order a 41 and therefore wait a little longer.

When the cycling shoes didn’t fit I knew it was a sign that I should do the 5k. I found out that Gail and Neil, new members of PTC,  would be doing it so I figured at least I could talk to SOMEONE at some point. 

Bright and early I drop George off so that he can ride up to the starting point for the PTC group ride, then I headed down to park for the 5k (we both had to be in the Sierra Madre/Santa Anita area…so that worked out). I head down, park and walk over to registration. I wanted to get there SUPER early so that I would have time to register, stretch, pre-race potty and just relax….check, check and check! Everything went very smoothly and I was not in a rush, I actually sat in my warm car for a bit and messed around with my contact because it was bugging me. I get to the start line and set myself in the 9 minute pace area, which I am not…but I didn’t want to be in the “walkers” area! I stood around for a bit, the area started to get crowded, then in a somewhat uneventful horn blast, we were off! My goal for this race was to stay consistent! Not push myself and just relax, it worked out well. I ran the entire thing (walked for a few steps to drink water) and just kept a steady pace. The race course was through the L.A. Arboretum and that was nice too. I have been wanting to go there but George informed me that it was just plants…so he wasn’t too thrilled about going. But now he doesn’t have to take me because all I really needed was a quick run through it to see it! Because…it was just a bunch of plants…

My splits were as follows:

Mile 1 – 11:30

Mile 2 – 11:45

Mile 3.2 – 12:43

Total: 35:58

Overall, not too bad for me….I am so slow.

One thing I noticed during this race was that because I am so slow I usually get stuck running with the out of shape people. This pace was good for me…so I wasn’t really breathing hard, had my heart rate in a good place and got to enjoy the view. But the people around me….I could hear their feet slapping the ground…they were huffing and puffing…walking…dying…and I just realized I can’t be that bad off because I was able to keep a smile on my face for the photog and even look around and enjoy the view. When I got to the finish line, they had everyone pushing through this little gate to get into the infield…it was basically a clusterf*%#k…but I got to hear some conversations. One guy was saying the hill on Baldwin always gets him…I was like…what hill?

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Mind you, that is .28 miles….so that 7% grade is probably 10 steps…. that is a hump! 

Then I heard some other guys talking about how fast it took them to get to the first mile…”oh, dude…i got to the first mile in 9 min”…”oh ya man, I got to it at 8:40″…..in my head -“then why they hell did you come through the finish chute with me at 35 min??????”  It is because you blew out! And had to walk MORONS!!!!

There were a lot of moronic men out there and chatty Kathys….I should have brought my iPod.

Anway, I took some photos and Brightroom was there as well, I should have some photos soon in which I will update this post so make sure to check back later!