Monday, June 3, 2013

Change in plans...

I just got done racing the Buffalo Olympic triathlon and it was fun but cold.  If anyone knows me they would know that I like it the hotter the better!  Race officials said the water temperature was 66 degrees but not sure about that one - it felt pretty cold to me!  I had a solid race but had a mechanical issue on the bike that probably cost me about 90 seconds which is quite a bit of time but I ended up 3rd overall.  Swim went as well as expected with being so cold I never felt like I could really get into a groove.  I camped out way too long in T2 putting on gloves, arm warmers - you name it!  I knew I would be chilled so I wanted to make sure I could stay as warm as I could.  The run was where I was pleasantly surprised - I ran decent considering I am fighting some glute/hammy issues.  I struggled with this last year but it is working it's way out.

Couple of weeks ago was the famous Gear West Duathlon - this race has been my nemesis for the last couple of years because I can never seem to pace myself for duathlons and either go out way too hard on the run or too slow.  It is also off course and I am so afraid of pulling a muscle since it is sketchy terrain and it is usually muddy.  Two years ago I lost my shoe on the run course because it got stuck in the mud so there is a great picture of me running with it.

This year I again didn't pace myself right and felt like my heart was coming out of my chest but made up some time on the bike to end up with third overall.  Even though every year I dread the thought of running in the mud this is a race that I come back to every year I can - it is the season opener for most of us in Minnesota and it is fun to see everyone you haven't seen for the last 6 months - as well as it is a good check on where you are with your fitness.

Concentrating on my footing so I don't fall!!

Boys are great - they are growing up so much - Owen is almost done with Kindergarten and Keaton had his first year of Montessori school.  He went two times a week from September to May and he cried every time I dropped him off - I was hoping the last day of his school I would get by without any tears but it wasn't so.  I know it was all a show for me because I would hang out for 5 mins and peak in on him and he would be fine and start playing with his friends but would break my heart and it would all I could think about for the next hour as I would try and work.  Owen is participating in a 5k run this weekend - it is part of his schools Fun Run and there was the option of the Kids 1 mile run but he really wanted to do the 5k - that's my kind of boy - go long or go home!
Keaton hammin it up!

Playing at the park

Speaking of going long - I had the chance to do Ironman Wisconsin again this year.  I wasn't quite sure if I wanted to go through it all again.  I had already set my race schedule up and I am somewhat a creature of habit but Derek convinced me to do it.  I got the email that I could register for it about 2 months ago and so after talks with the coach and Derek it was in the plan.  I had a solid race last year but GI issues crept up to me on the run the last hour and it wasn't pretty.  I want a do over and be able to celebrate at the finish line with my family and friends this year and not pass out in the porta potty!  Hope everyone is off to a great start of their season - sure hope it warms up - We need some 90's so I can swim in my pool!

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