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Nautica Malibu Classic Distance Triathlon Race Report – 2012

This was my third time doing this race, and got my worst time yet…awesome. To give you an idea of how much worse, I did a spreadsheet (because I love spreadsheets):

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So 2010 was my best year, I also placed 5th that year in Athena. This year was just a disaster! But I still had fun (sort of)…so here is my story.

We woke up bright and early on Sunday morning, I pretty much spent about an hour Saturday morning laying out all my gear to make sure i had everything. This was a great decision because I was completely prepared for the next day.

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I always eat a bagel and Illy (cold coffee drink) the morning of a workout. I have done this for all the training days out at Zuma and did the same thing race morning. EXCEPT, I had a different bagel (not from my usual place) and I bought some jam that I had never used before. Needless to say, the car ride to Zuma started my problems. I started to get car sick in the hills on Kanan and I could feel the bagel just sitting in my stomach. Blech…

We get to Zuma, park and hang out in the car for about an hour. Let my stomach settle down,relaxed and watched a documentary on Netflix. Finally get packed up and on our bikes riding to the transition area. #1 Tri bags are the best…get one if you don’t have one. #2 you don’t need a bucket to wash your feet in (saw too many people with this) #3 bring a light, it’s dark on the ride in. I have this cool one that clips onto my hat and works very well.

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Hanging out before the race

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Found Nancy over in the Nestle area

My wave didn’t go off until 8:15, so I scheduled my last bite of food and hour and a half before (banana) and made my way to the start. The water was really warm, so I hung out a little bit in the water but didn’t need to do it too much.

The canon blasted and we were off! I stayed to the left of the buoy and didn’t have any issues with the current, in fact, it helped me. Before I knew it I had made it to the first buoy and felt good. Onto the second one, feeling good, then the third. I felt a little winded by the third buoy so I took a second to catch my breath and prepared for the swim in. Caught one wave toward the end and washed up the the beach (literally).

Swim time: 22:13 (for as good as I felt about the swim, can’t believe I was this slow)

Ran into T1, got some water in my mouth and spit it out. I learned a long time ago to not drink when coming right out of the water. Just get some water in to rinse out the salt and that’s it. Got a little frustrated with all the relay teams lined up against the racks…hard to see where yours is with a wall of people. Get to my bike and go through the transition process. Had a decent time, but have had better times in the past. Also yelled at a few people casually walking down the middle of the blue mat. There may have been cuss words involved…

T1 time: 3:29

Onto the bike! HELLO HEADWIND! Because of the late start of my wave I think I had to deal a lot with the headwinds. The fastest Athena time was actually pretty slow, so that tells me even they were fighting it. About two weeks before the race, I bought a new bike and really had only ridden it once. I probably should have just stuck with my old bike, but that one was too big. The whole ride I felt sick and on the verge of a headache. I couldn’t really push hard and every time I tried to get into the drops I felt a sharp headache pain. So I just tried to stay neutral and hydrate. Hit the road near transition and the headwinds were killer. I was pushing hard in the big ring and only going 13 mph…it sucked. The nice part? Getting a tailwind into transition, 20 mph with very little effort.

Bike Time: 1:10:27

And the run, which was really more like a walk…I hadn’t trained the run AT ALL. I hate running, it’s the worst. I dread every step and my heart always feels like it’s going to explode even at a 12 minute mile pace. The first mile felt the worst and eventually I just started taking it little by little until I was done. The last half a mile my stomach felt like there was a rock in it and I just pushed through to the finish.

Run Time: 53:01….gross

My overall time was 2:31:19, over 15 minutes slower than the last time I did this race. #notimpressed

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George was waiting for me at the finish, I was pooped. We found Chrissie Wellington and I had her sign my medal and got a picture with her:

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Her calves are enormous…just sayin….

We eat at the donor brunch and then pack up to head home. Half way home that wonderful brunch ended up in the bushes somewhere in Sherman Oaks. I had a massive migraine and my stomach was still having a fit. Get home and crash for two hours, wake up, feel better and am human again. Then George fell asleep (aren’t we a pair):

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This is a good race, I really like doing it. This year just wasn’t my year but I will try again. Now it’s time to get ready for the club championship! Which means I need to run…

Cheers!

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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!

The Countdown

This Saturday I am going to attempt to ride my first Century ride (102 miles on the bike). To date, my longest ride has been around 2 1/2 hours and a century will take over 6. I may be a little under trained for this one, but here is my plan.

  1. George and I plan to keep our heart rates between 130 and 150. By staying in that range there is a good chance we could ride all day! Or at least until our butts start to hurt.
  2. Stay hydrated and use endurolytes. I have discovered these little pills lately and they are amazing! I get a dose of endurolytes before the ride and go into the ride ready, instead of trying to catch up during the ride.
  3. I am riding every day this week and Friday will be my rest day. I just got my bike fit last week so I need to get my body used to the geometry. Yesterday, I rode about and hour and a half and felt really good. Today I plan to ride over my Griffith Park, Wednesday is the PTC brick and Thursday I plan to do a ride.
  4. In order to keep up the above schedule, I am going to use my Compex (muscle stim) to help me recover each day. Last night I spent about and hour hitting my quads, legs and lower back and today I feel really good. I am hoping that the Compex will allow me to recover really fast day over day and I can increase strength on the bike.

What it comes down to is that I am basically going to train for a century ride in 5 days, wise? No…but if it works…it would be kind of cool 😀

So yesterday I did an 1:36:31 ride and went 20.22 miles, here is the link: http://connect.garmin.com/activity/43011510

There was some good climbing involved and I felt really good overall. There was some tension in my neck and shoulders, but that is from me not using my core.

In all of this I also plan to keep up my nutrition. So no alcohol for the rest of the week and only good, healthy meals! I might even start taking my vitamins again…

I also replaced the crank on my bike, I have actually replaced a lot f stuff, but the most recent was my crank. My new bike came with a standard double, so I actually got myself a compact crank I really like it.

So now I have a 10 speed on the back and my compact crank which gives me all the gears I need. The ones to get me up the hills and the ones to let me crank down the hills. Curious as to what else I bought my new bike? Well, I got a new bottom bracket to match the Shimano crank (they need to be compatible), a new cassette, and a new seat post (zero setback).  I swapped out my stem from my previous bike and I plan on getting new pedals…mostly because the ones I have now are starting to really show their wear.

I also have to say that I really like this bike, yesterday I was coming down a pretty technical road and I was able to take the turns much tighter and it felt really good. It is also a lot lighter than my old bike, so it makes it a bit easier to get up those big hills.

What I like to say is that my bike is top of the line, like 5 years ago….which I am okay with 🙂

By the way, we are doing the Marin Century…I am thinking this one will be a gorgeous one to do.

I got my new (to me) BIKE!

And did a final ride on my other bike 😦

Last week I was in San Diego for a conference and on the last day I was finally able to get a ride in. I decided that I wanted to go over to Coronado, so I mapped it out the night before and wrote down all the directions. It was mostly on bike paths but there was some rough road riding as well. Since I was in a mostly industrial neighborhood, I must have crossed over at least 6 sets of railroad tracks.

Here is the route I took, I used the google maps bike feature for the first time and I liked it. I had some trouble at one point finding the where the bike path cut to but eventually figured it out:

This would be the last real ride I would have on my Specialized, and while I was riding I finally named it….Big Red….because it is too big for me and is bright red 🙂 Overall, the ride was really flat. The steepest grade was 4%, and that was for 2.5 seconds as I went over a bridge. It started to get a little bit boring after a while, and I started to miss the San Gabriel Mountains. Once I got to Coronado, I hopped on the ferry and took it back to the convention center since I had to get back for my last session. I also had to get back because I was going to a Padre’s game with my cousin. We had pretty good seats, and I really like that stadium….makes Dodger Stadium look like a dump!

Then, when I got home, I coordinated a time to pickup my new bike! I bought it used off of a friend, it is the right size and is SUPER light. It has an all carbon frame and Ultegra components. I still have to get a new compact crank for it, right now it has a standard double, which i’ll get to later. Here she is in all her glory, I still have yet to name her:

I’ll probably change the handlebar tape to black, the white just gets too dirty!

So yesterday, I was finally able to get out and ride on the new bike. George and I started out near Northridge and headed toward Simi Valley. We climbed a pretty steep hill, and in my standard double I was struggling to get up but I managed to do it…which made me happy 🙂

Here are a few pics from the ride, this first one is when George said “we can take a left and go around or walk over the dirt.” I opted for the dirt…

Then we get to the other side, and George got slightly lost…. this was him circling while looking up on his phone where we needed to go:

We somehow managed to get to some sort of camp area for kids. But George figured it out and we were on our way. We eventually got to the hill we needed to climb and I told George that I would take it nice and slow. Being in that double wasn’t going to help me get up the hill any faster…. I eventually made it up, this is George and I under some shade after the climb:

George is very euro with his jersey all unzipped 😉 It got pretty hot on the ride up, we were in a canyon that doesn’t get much of a breeze and it was about 3 o’clock in the afternoon.

On our way back we stopped by REI and George picked up supplies for a new saddle bag, he lost his recently. Then we ate and headed back, on the way back I took this picture…I really don’t know how he does this. I have tried and I can never do it…

Hope you had a great 4th of July weekend! Time to get back to work!

P.S. Now my bike is for sale….2007 Specialized Allez, size 56″ for $650. If you know anyone looking for a bike in the Los Angeles area, let them know about it.

Craigs List posting: http://losangeles.craigslist.org/sgv/bik/1828314975.html

Major Fail

I haven’t kept up on my blog, I have been training…just not writing about it. Major FAIL!

Here are some pictures from some rides recently, maybe it will help you catch up 😀

First off, I participated in a race and had to DQ. It was a 1,000 meter swim and I got caught in a rip current, my calf severely cramped and I have to get pulled out of the water. On the drive home, I hooked up my Compex to my calf and let it go to work. Not sure if it helped, as I still was in pain for a few days after the race:

One Sunday, George took me for a nice challenging ride. We went up to Foothill Blvd where some of the grade’s were over 20% and then we rode over to Pasadena and climbed up to Sacred Heart High School. It took me a while, but I made my way up. Here we are at the top:

I also did a ride with a group call WE Ride, it’s mostly for women (men come to). I like it because it has a fitness component to it, not only are we encouraging people to get out and ride, but it is also a challenge.

I’m over on the right…

I have been doing my brick workouts pretty regularly, but this week I threw out my back and am just trying to walk at the moment. I know it will get better eventually, but it can get a little depressing when every morning I wake up in severe pain. I went to physical therapy on Tuesday and go again tomorrow. Just trying to relax the muscles and get them to shut up!

I am also planning on selling my bike. Our friend is going to sell me his Giant TCR all carbon bike and before I buy that off of him, I need to sell mine. The new bike will also be the correct size for me, which I am really happy about and a heck of a lot lighter!

Anyway, that’s all I got for now. One more day till Friday!

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