A few of my medals are special to me: my first marathon, my first triathlon, and a few others. I got a bib/medal display for Christmas that says "The Force is strong with this one" in the Star Wars font, and my medals and some bibs are displayed on that downstairs in the gym part of the basement.
My most unique medal is the RTB one that we got the other year that said "RTB Cape Cod" instead of "RTB NH" and is the size of a dinner plate. I do not have that one on my display since it would tear it out of the wall.
Today is a recovery day so I did 9 miles in about 45 min on the bike this morning. I chose a route in which I only had to make right turns until the very final left turn back onto my street. I hate making left turns on the bike, I never know what the cars are going to do.
It was hot and humid this morning but it wasn't as noticeable on the bike!
This weekend was busy. I took a summer Friday and rolled out of bed at 8am! for an easy 4miles. Saturday I had a half-mile open water swim race. It started at 6:30 and we had to be there at 5:30 to check in.
I had a decent swim, 18:41, 32/94 overall. I hyperventilated a bit at the start since we started on land and I didn't have a chance to acclimate to the water first (and no one told us that beforehand). I was able to ease into a good rhythm and started breathing normally pretty quickly, and then I got into a good groove. My sighting sucked because I had a goggle problem, but otherwise it was a good swim. When it was done I was kinda bummed that I hadn't chosen the 1 mile option, but then I went home and did my 10-mile run in the heat with 2 repeats of 2 mi @ MP, 1 mi tempo, and I was super glad I hadn't chosen the 1 mi option!
Legs were dead and I was spent. I fell off the pace for the last tempo mile but I am still calling it good. Because that wasn't enough, I ran a 5k yesterday in 26:21 (watch time since the race wasn't chip timed). It was super hot, mid-80s by the time the race started at 9:30, and it was in full sun.
I started out too fast since it was downhill to start, but I reigned it in pretty quickly and started picking people off before we even hit the 1-mile mark. I steadily slowed throughout the race, but no one passed me. I was chasing this one woman for the last mile of the race, but she had a strong finishing kick that I couldn't respond to, and she finished 3 sec ahead of me for 3rd in our age group. I congratulated her and told her great run and that I had been chasing her, and she said that she heard me and that's why she sped up!
Bonus: the last race medal I earned was last weekend at my triathlon.