My last few days of vacation were awesome:
– bald eagle sightings
– open water swims with loons
– paddleboarding with the kids
– lunches and dinner on the pontoon
– great food and drink with friends
– learning how to drink while biking! (an essential skill that would have benefited me during my century!)
We got home yesterday and promptly went grocery shopping because our fridge was EMPTY. B cooked rainbow trout, sweet potatoes, and zucchini on the grill.
Today I did another tri and had an interesting race. I had some GI upset yesterday and today that I originally thought was nerves, but I wonder if my body was finally revolting against so much ice cream and alcohol! My stomach finally settled down a bit JUST before the race. The open water swim was okay. It was a time trial start, but we still had to run into the water (not just wade out to the buoys like other races). We were staged by age, so I passed some people, but at one point I realized I was in the middle of all of the buoys! I had veered WAY off course. I figured it out before things were really bad, but I definitely lost some time doing that. Then I had to get out of the lake and run for a LONG time before I got to the transition area. Uphill. In bare feet. I was NOT down with that.
I was trying something new on the bike. I was biking with less resistance and trying to spin more in order to save my legs for the run. Around mile 3 I got stung by a bee. On my chest. OUCH! Around mile 9 I got passed by one of my training partners (who is 15 years older than me, so started behind me in the swim!). I heard “PICK IT UP, A!!!” I tried to keep up with her as long as I could (she KILLS it on the bike), but she was out of sight soon. Then I took a wrong turn because I was following someone. I added about 3 minutes to my bike, but at least we figured it out quickly!!
Running out of T2 I realized that I forgot my bib. I was yelling asking all of the race people if I needed to go back and get it. They said I could just keep running, thank goodness!! (And in the future I will move the bib to T1 so I don’t have to worry about it in T2 anymore). The run sucked. I felt better this time than my last race, but this was a trail run. There were a lot of ups and downs with uneven terrain which hadn’t been part of my training plan! Oops!
The finish was beautiful, through the woods, by the lake. I felt stronger than the last race, despite my last week of binge eating and drinking. I ended up winning my age group and placing eighth overall. It wasn’t too competitive of a field, but I’ll take it. I think I’m done for the season, but will be doing some other ones next year…maybe even olympic or half distance.
Now tomorrow is back to reality. We have to go back to work, all of the back to school meetings/retreats/activities are starting. Then, of course, FOOTBALL this weekend!! (Mandy! woohoo!!).
This was a great week with some MUCH needed down time. Now I can start to get excited about returning to work and the start of a new semester.
Who else is excited to go school supply shopping!?!?!?