Wednesday, June 12, 2013
I didn't sleep very well that night, but who does the night before a race anyway? First off, I was a fan of this race way before the race started! Parking was right next to the transition area and we had access to the swankiest bathrooms ever for a triathlon! The convention center is wonderful and they didn't seem to blink an eye about giving triathletes full access to the facilities. First class! Once I had transition all set up and warmed up I went into the convention center, made myself comfy on the floor, did some stretching and then leisurely put on my wetsuit.
Leading up to race day I'd been having some discomfort in my big toe joints and the walk down the beach to the swim start seemed to irritate them a bit. Nothing I could do but just do my best... if I couldn't run when it came time well, that's just how it was going to go down.
Being in the older age groups, I was starting in the last wave of the day which is actually fine with me as I enjoy having rabbits to chase out on the course. The conditions were perfect! The water was flat and a nice temperature. But the water was DARK. I guess it really has been a long time since I have done a race/open water swim because it did freak me out a little. I just had to keep my eyes shut tightly and focus on form and sighting. I'm not sure it was lack of conditioning or the uneasiness of open water swimming but the swim felt LONG!
I took my time in T1 just wanting to make sure I remembered everything I needed to do. If you haven't been to Jekyll, go. Seriously. The bike course was one loop around the island and it has so much natural beauty that it's almost hard to stay focused on the race. Anyway, I didn't feel awesome but certainly felt good for the amount of training in my legs. This is where it's helpful for me to start in the back. As a decent swimmer, if I'm starting in the front wave I get passed by a lot of people on the bike but starting in the last wave I actually get to pass a lot! On this day, not one single person passed me on the bike! I think it's interesting to talk to people about what they think about on the bike. I'm a totally left brained analytical geek. I spend a lot of the time calculating in my head 'if I keep up this pace, it should take me so many mintues to finish this course.' I guess it's a little game I play in my head. Anyway, I was pretty satisfied with my bike when I entered T2.
As I dismounted, one of the volunteers yelled to me that I was the second female and that the first female was just ahead. As I look down transition, I see female #1 and notice that she is 30-34 which means she started three minutes ahead of me. Um... seriously? Can't be right.
I am motivated now. Get my running shoes and race belt on and I'm off onto the run. Luckily my big toe joints are pain free. However, I can feel that my HR is through the roof! I try to keep a reasonable pace to get my HR under control but it doesn't work. The run is a struggle and I am just waiting to implode. The entire run I know that if I am challenged that I don't have anything extra to give. I think that thought alone keeps me in that red zone. I've never wanted to walk so badly on a run course EVER and never so happy to see a finish line (ok... i might have been happier at Vineman full). I am fairly certain that the run was significantly longer than a 5K but it's hard to judge these things when you feel really out of shape. At least I have a good idea of where I am now and it's clear that I have a LOT of work to do on my running!!
Matt, the best support crew ever, encourages me to do a little cool down run with him. I'm so fried and out of shape I struggle the entire 'cool down' run. Afterwards, we wander up to the results board. Holy moly... not only did I win overall but I won by like 7 minutes. I don't think it matters how many races you've won before, a win is always a really great feeling!
I really want to thank Georgia Mulitsport for a fantastic event and the Jekyll Island Convention Center for the amazing venue! View Complete Results
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
- Cashew milk is a great (and great tasting) alternative to regular milk
- Requires no straining like almond milk (well, with a Vitamix anyway)
- Cashew Cream is an amazing replacement for heavy cream (think hearty bisque soups) and can be used as a dairy replacement for many desserts (ice cream, icing, etc).
- Homemade milk/cream is WAY better than the store bought stuff. Try it once and it will be hard to go back. Seriously.
If you want to give cashew milk a try, here's how you do it.
- 3 cups water
- 1 cup raw, unsalted cashews
- dash sweetener (optional)
High Powered Blender Version
- 3-4 cups water
- 1 cup raw, unsalted cashews soaked in cold water minimum 2 hours (overnight is best)
- dash sweetener (optional)
Chef Tal Ronnen gives some good instructions for making cashew cream in both a Vitamix or a high powered blender.
Let me know ways you might use or have used cashew milk and/or cream!
Tuesday, January 31, 2012
After the first stop riders break into 3 groups - A, B, and C. I signed up for the B group which would average 18 mph. The day was challenging complete with one big climb just before lunch, temperatures in the mid 90s, and a road closed to vehicular traffic due to a recent storm which also required us to stop multiple times, dismount, and carry our bikes over large piles of debris. I often felt that a cyclocross bike would have been more appropriate for this tour. At the bottom of one of the decents, apparently someone slowed down too quickly or the road narrowed and there was a pretty good crash right in front of me - I was very lucky to avoid it and also manage to not go over the side of the bridge. Yikes! After that crash, the group seemed to mellow out a bit and despite my back feeling a bit tweaked from avoiding the crash things were good until around mile 128 when I started cramping. Luckily there was a rest stop at mile 132. The first 5 miles after the stop were fine until the group started to pick up the pace and the cramping returned. Lucky me to have good friends like Jose and Savannah to pull me in the last 15 miles. We rolled into Ponce at 5PM dirty and totally exhausted but I was so happy to have the longest day behind me. 150ish miles done!
Thursday, January 26, 2012
This morning we left the yacht club on our bikes at 6 and rode a couple miles to Old San Juan for the tour ride start. The ride started on a steep uphill of cobblestones - YIKES! A few people went down on the cobbles in front of Jose and I so we quickly dismounted and walked our bikes up the hill on the sidewalk. Worst ride start ever but the rest of the tour was fine... slow and easy with multiple stops. After the ride our group had an amazing lunch in Old San Juan. Now we're all back at the boat relaxing and getting our stuff ready for our big day tomorrow. We'll be leaving the boat around 5:15 on our bikes to catch the 6:00 La Vuelta start!
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
This morning Jose and Savannah introduced me to the self serve coffee machine in the club house - DELICIOUS cappuccino!! We then got our bikes unpacked and put together, went to breakfast, wandered around Old San Juan, and then went for a swim off the boat. Now it's a little bit of down time before we go sample a pina colada from the place where pina coladas were invented and then we're have dinner with Crissy's family - looking forward to a big Puerto Rican family dinner!! Tomorrow is our warm up ride - a bike tour of San Juan.
Tuesday, January 24, 2012
I've put in a bunch of miles so hopefully the suffering won't be horrible but I anticipate a pretty tough training week... luckily the training will be in warmer weather. :)
Tuesday, August 16, 2011
Despite "The Boot", I had a great time watching so many friends race. Sometimes this sport can burn you out a bit but right now I truly miss it. Congratulations to everyone that competed on Sunday!! I hope to be back out there with y'all next season!