My workout will be an easy 3 after hitting the grocery store after work. Not looking forward to the mugginess!
This weekend I did my first triathlon of the season. It was in Quakertown, PA, which can be accessed by major highways, or, if you use Waze, by very remote back roads with single-lane bridges and tunnels.
I swore Waze was going to turn me onto a dirt road at one point! I drove out to PA on Saturday for packet pickup and overnighted in Quakertown for the Sunday morning race. Since I was doing this race off of my banked marathon training, 1 outdoor bike ride, and only a handful of swims, I didn't have much in the way of goals. I didn't want to be last overall or last in my age group, and I thought under 90 minutes was a realistic goal for me. I far surpassed those goals, with a total time of 1:13:02, placing 133/222 overall and 8/12 in my AG. I actually had fun in this race. I did not hyperventilate for the entire swim, yay! I got in the water which was actually pretty comfortable temperature-wise, and I dunked my head a few times on the advice I got last year from indie. That helped a lot, and when the race started, I was able to swim smoothly with no hyperventilation. 9:36 for the 1/4-mi swim which was under my goal of 10:00 for this leg. T1 was 3:44, I had trouble getting my cycling gloves on and I should have just worried about that after I was on the bike.
The bike started off uphill out of transition, and apparently last year a lot of people fell at this point because they didn't have their bikes in the proper gear.
I didn't fall or see anyone else fall here. The bike leg was 10 miles, and my goal was anything under an hour since I didn't have any cycling under my belt for this race and it was a hilly course. I think I used every single gear along the course, and I cruised back to transition in 42:21. T2 was 1:47, and I ended up not tying my shoes tight enough for the run.
My feet were kind of numb when I put my running shoes on and I didn't want to tie my shoes too tight, so they ended up not being tight enough.
It was a bit uncomfortable with my orthotics moving around in there but I survived. The run was billed as 2 miles, but I think it was short, and I turned in a time of 15:34 which I am super happy with (my goal was under 20:00
). After I ran out of transition and started chugging along, I glanced at my watch and saw 8:24 pace and thought I was going too fast, but I stuck with it since it was "only" 2 miles and even if it hurt it would be over soon. I passed tons of people, and out loud I was telling them nice job but in my head I was apologizing for passing them because I suck at the other 2 legs of the race and I couldn't go fast in them, but running is my thing and I was able to crank at that point in the race.
I tried to kick at the end but I honestly had nothing left and just cruised in to the finish. I am really happy with this entire performance given my lack of training and being 2 weeks post-marathon. I have 2 more sprint tris this summer, one in July and one in August, and I will definitely be more prepared for them!
Eats/drinks: I took my new mentee out for lunch today for our first meeting, and she wanted sushi. I ordered the hibachi lunch special, and it was super salty. It was even more salty than hibachi normally is. It tasted like they put extra salt on the veggies after they drenched them in soy sauce. Blech. Lots and lots of water to flush that out of my system!
Blather: My mom texted me last week to tell me she rushed my dad to the ER at 4am Thursday morning because he was in excruciating pain. Turns out he has a kidney stone!
He hasn't passed it yet but he says that he's pain-free today so I guess that's a good thing? Side note: my family often uses text to communicate health issues (like my mom being in the hospital for several days following her heart attack) and it frustrates me to no end. It's like their phones don't dial out or something.
Bonus: Muggy like after a really hot shower in a tiny bathroom muggy