Monday, August 15, 2011

Drop Out

I just dropped out of a race.
I have never done this before.
Not a good feeling.
but I know that my heart is done for the season. the disappointment I felt after my last race make me re-evaluate the rest of my season.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Goochland Sprint

I know I have not yet gotten to the Ironman run and finale...and post race wine trip.
But I have to jump ahead.
This past weekend I did the Goochland Sprint Tri.
Well, I did it.
It was not the day I was hoping for.

Looking at the people I would be racing against I really hoped for 2nd in my AG.
I figured I had been working on my swimming. So that should be decent.
I did a HIM at a 18.6 pace and this is only 12.5 miles, so surely I should be in the 19-20 range on the bike.
Running, well I just have to push through as hard as I can.

The swim went well. A little slower than expected but was 3rd AG
The bike I pushed, but forgot to start my computer so I wasn’t sure of my pacing. Ended up with…18.6. Seriously?! Not happy with that. 3rd AG.
The run was hard. I knew there was only 1 person in my AG in front of me and I wasn’t catching her, so I had to keep the girl behind me off and I would have 2nd. I finished feeling like I worked. 5th AG

Well, I finished and the preliminary results has the girl in front of me as an overall winner, therefore pushing me to 1st AG. I was stoked!!! Then as finishers were coming in the fast runners starting pushing me out of the way. I ended up 4th. #2 beat me by 14 seconds. And #3 beat me by 2 seconds.

So looking back, I feel like I should have been able to find at least 14 seconds. Whish disappoints me. Mainly because I know I did not train for this race. And this is what I get for not trying hard enough.

Because of this I have decided that I am not going to do Giant Acorn sprint in October. My heart is not in it anymore. I need to re-evaluate myself. 

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Ironman: the Bike

The bike in pictures. 
guess which picture was taken by Brightroom?!

It wasn't bad - a few good climbs to let you feel all that lactic acid. 
TMI - my crotch hurt so bad I couldn't go in aero. not cool. I kept thinking to myself how nice it would feel to sit in the cold lake now! 
Glad i used tube socks for arm warmers. they came in VERY handy at tissues since I was sick all week. 
I like to wave to my adoring fans when I race. 
I loved that it was a 2 loop "V" shaped course (2 x out and backs) With so many friends out there with me, I was able to see lots of familiar faces. 
I wasn't really sure what time to set for a goal since I am not good at climbing...but i love those descents! 
I thought it would be great to average in the 16-17 zone for this course. 
Finish Time: 6:50:08 - 16.4 pace. 
I definitely slowed down a bit on  he second loop (17.7 according to my computer for the first)
but hey, I'll take it.