Sunday, June 29, 2008
I did do the race -- they had me registered for the sprint!!!!
Everything seems to be sorted out, however my times are still not on the website.
I won my AG and was 4th amateur, not quite sure about overall.
Awards are tonight and hopefully my times, etc. will be on the website shortly.
Think I will take the Clearwater spot, but I get to turn down the Kona spot! (too bad I couldn't save it for next year!!).
It was a tough day.... wind, rain and hills, hills, hills!
More to come later....
Thursday, June 26, 2008
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
One of the local cycling groups had organized the TT outside of town (actually, it was half way to Phoenix, as I would find out!), and of course I jumped at the chance for some pain.
There were 20 and 40km options, but I figured since the furthest organized TT I've done was 15 k, I should start with the 20.
When I arrived at the race site I was completely overwhelmed! There was easily over 100 people there, all warming up on their wind trainers - very intense. Luckily, since there were so many people to go infront of me (left every 30 sec.) I had time to do the prescribed, long warm up.
11 km out, 9 km back. Fairly flat with a highway overpass.
The Wind: into 15 mph winds for the 11 km (boo).
Heat: 100 degrees by 0800.
I was 5th female (the cat. 1/2 girls beat me), in 32:24, with no girls going under 30 (that would have made me feel bad).
Lots of room for improvement, but that's what's great about first trys!
Also, big congrats to my friend Teri Albertazzi for her 4th place showing at Kansas 70.3!!
and to my friends in Ontartio that did Muskoka -- super jealous!
Saturday, June 14, 2008
I almost made it.
The goal is to keep with the pack until it crosses over a moderate climb (really only a slight bump in the road, but it feels like a mountain!). After the 'climb', the pace chills out and the actual race is over. You're sittin' pretty if you can make it to the top of the hill.
I got spit off at the bottom, but that's the farthest I've made it so far....
On the way home, I was speaking with one of the roadies about how I feel I need to learn some restraint and general tactic. I know that if I sit in the back longer - I make it further (duh), but I just can't stop myself from surging and filling in breaks.
He responded with the cyclist's theory of "matches", and now it makes sense.
He went on to tell me that every hard effort (threshold) is considered to be the equivalent of "burning a match". You know what it feels like once you've done it, and it's generally not good.
You start the ride with a full book of matches. Each rider having a different size book, but nobody has an unlimited number.
My problem (he so graciously informed me), was that I needed to learn appropriate times to burn my matches and when I should be sitting back (being new to the roady scene this is apparently more often than not!).
This obviously transfers into triathlon. As I mentioned in a previous post, hilly/windy courses are extra tough because you're at risk of burning too many matches early in the day. Pacing and perceived effort are super critical.
As for me, I'm going to work on getting a bigger match book, more matches (maybe even the water proof kind!), and I'm gonna' learn when to light 'em up!
Next week, I will make it over the 'mountain'.
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
it wasn't fast but I got er done. I am seriously dehydrated and have a wicked headache.
I'm headed straight to the pool - not for a workout, but to cool down and just 'play'.
then, I'm planning on coming home and having my dinner with a glass of wine.
I think that's called 'balance'.
I came across a quote today on someone else's blog, I love it and it fits:
"I do what you won't do today, so I can do what you can't tomorrow."
104 degrees, and it's only the beginning of summer.
I have been sitting inside my airconditioned apartment for the last 2 hours waiting for my weather channel updater thing to tell me it's getting cooler outside. I still have to do a 12 km track workout before I can call it a day - and I'm pretty sure the black asphalt will make it feel a little warmer than 104.... so I wait.
The problem is, I can't wait until the sun goes down 'cause the mountain lions might catch me suffering and think "dinner".
I have been looking for a track that is lit at night.... no dice.
It's been so warm the last couple of days that the water in the outdoor pools is warm like pee.
Not to complain... I will have to get used to it, and I guess you could call it good training..
Sunday, June 8, 2008
i decided to give it a go. the point was to get in a good workout and regardless of my performance, that would happen. it was 100 degrees and dry, dry, dry. there were points in my warmup that my throat was so dry, i couldn't swallow. yikes. the race ended up with over 1000 registrants, which is much more than the course should have on it. the start was super congested and i felt a little claustrophobic.
the course was definately harder than the one two weeks ago. very twisty, turny and hilly. fun but tough. i raced much better than two weeks ago. went out a little easier, was able to pick it up at the and passed some peeps in the final mile.
1945 - not a PB, but good enough for 3rd OA. and the olympic trials girl that beat me by 1:30, 2 weeks ago, only beat me by 50 seconds this time.....
also..... big congrats the Kerri for rockin' her age group at Eagleman 70.3!!!
Sunday, June 1, 2008
What a blast!!