Monthly Archives: June 2016

Sebago Lake Triathlon Race Recap

IMG_0493

Good morning! Long time no blog. Funny thing is the last thing I posted was also a race recap. Might seem like the only thing I do anymore. Not true! I do have quite a few races planned for the summer but there is lots of life happening in between. My weekend needs another weekend. After 4 years of home ownership and 4 years of neglecting to paint our house, it just had to be done. So that was the weekend- 20ish hours of scraping, priming, and painting. I applaud you if you enjoy it (or even don’t mind it)- and also invite you over to help us since there’s still a lot of house to go. We did manage to get over to our neighbor’s for a fun BBQ on Saturday evening and on Sunday we went to Peaks Island for a couple of hours to celebrate fathers day with my Dad. So, a bit of fun sprinkled in there!

Anyway, LAST weekend I was racing away up at Point Sebago Resort for the Sebago Lake Triathlon. It was a great event and lots of people from the IDEXX gym were there so it was fun to know a big group of people! The race was great and I managed to get my first ever top 10 finish so that was extra exciting too. Let’s back up to the training part though!

Training

This was interesting. Very interesting. Since I don’t swim year round (or ever, really, if I don’t have a triathlon scheduled) I made sure to hop in the pool once a week for about 20 minutes once a week starting around the first week of April. For me this was enough to wake up my swimming muscles and get some speed back. It wasn’t really worth it to spend more time in the pool to me. Now this is the interesting part: two weeks before this race was the Pineland Farms 25k. So all spring the majority of my running was LONG. And slow. Then, since I was running a lot in my spare time, I didn’t spend too much time on the bike this spring. Maybe once a week, every two weeks, either way… not enough. I called the spin classes that I teach “good enough”. And now the really interesting part! Week before Pineland: mostly rest. Then Pineland absolutely destroyed my legs (and gave me a ton of blisters on my feet) so the week AFTER Pineland was either all rest or mostly rest. And THEN: Triathlon week. OOPS! So needless to say, I wasn’t feeling too prepared!

Swim 

Two words: chilly willy. The Sunday before the triathlon a group of TRIDEXXers went to Point Sebago to do a course preview (this was very helpful!). So we swam. And I was soooo nervous about it being cold, especially because I only have a short wetsuit. Actually, I don’t even have a short wetsuit. It is my mom’s. Thanks mom. 🙂 Well turns out that day I had nothing to worry about the water was a very comfortable 65ish degrees. That’s what I was expecting on race day. NOPE. Try 10 degrees colder. SO COLD. I made sure to get myself a good spot on the starting line, and power through that swim and get out as quickly as I could! I came out of the water around 6th for women and 15/145 overall. 

Bike

My favorite. If bike races were more accessible for adults in Maine I would probably just sign up for those instead. But they’re not, so I do the whole swim and run thing too. Nothing to write home about on the bike, some fast flats, a couple of big hills. I will say the one spot I felt like I could have pushed harder was on the hills. No one else around me seemed in a hurry to get up them so I hung out with them. Racing 101: don’t hang out with people who aren’t going as fast as you could be. Oh well, my overall speed was where I hoped it would be around. I finished the bike 7th for women and 25th overall. 

TMSL16GJ00408

Run

Alright this is what I can work on! The run was hard for me. My heart rate was through the roof and I wasn’t even moving terribly fast. Just wanted to get it over! The run course winds through neighborhoods and seems all uphill even though it really isn’t- at all. Only when you’re tired. It’s sort of an out and back lollipop loop so you’ll run into lots of people you know and giving high fives and smiling and cheering each other on is nice and makes it almost seem like you’re having fun when you’re not. Then the run finishes on the beach. In the sand. Ouch. For the run I placed 21 for women or 50th overall. Something to work on! 

TMSL16TY00959

IMG_0508

After the race is a great BBQ (beer, burgers, watermelon, chips, everything!) with awards. I got 2nd place in my age group (missed first by less than a minute) and 7th overall. My only complaint with the race is that the awards moved along SO slowly and we had to leave before I saw everyone get theirs from IDEXX and I wish I could have stayed! Overall a great day! 

Screen Shot 2016-06-20 at 9.24.24 AMScreen Shot 2016-06-20 at 9.24.09 AM

IMG_0504

13435466_10209485744850799_6663331674110886530_n

 

 

Pineland Farms 25k Race Recap

Hard to believe it’s already been a week since the Pineland Farms 25k. A very busy and fun week, too! After the race I finished out a great long holiday weekend, had a free trial week for my new outdoor bootcamp business, went mountain biking for the first time this year, and finished with a course preview of the Sebago Lake Triathlon course (and a swim in the lake). Holy moly! But let’s back up a little bit… 

Training

I started training for this race around early April. Or that’s when I started building up my milage anyway. I basically only ran two days a week. Occasionally three if they were shorter. One “short” run 4-6 miles with some speed work (tempo or pick ups… I think I only went to the track once) and then one long run a week where I would add a mile or so each week, finishing with my longest run at 13.1 miles two weeks before race day. You may ask to yourself: is that enough running? For me, definitely. For those of you who don’t know I injured my ankle 4 years ago skiing (ironically at Pineland) so since then I have kept running to a minimum and I definitely make sure to not run every day, so as not to aggravate it. So two days a week works for me and then I cross train with spinning, road biking, weight training, and swimming. It works 🙂 

IMG_0433

My original training schedule. I also have to take into account classes I have to teach and workouts (running) I need to do with my clients. A giant jigsaw puzzle!

The Race

I’d say about 5/15 of the race miles are “fun”. Conveniently 3 of the fun miles are the first three so the race starts out on a good note. The race starts out FAST (by trail standards) and mostly downhill. And then the hills begin. There are no serious multi-mile climbs on the course but Pineland is LOADED with steep uphills and steep downhills. Non stop. For many many miles. Most of the course is in the woods on double track said hilly trails but there are a few field sections thrown in there. The fields were actually my least favorite part. They’re pretty- and you’ll see cows and sheep and that might distract you from how awful they are but the footing was very difficult on them and the grass was just long enough where you were never quite sure where to put your feet, but hey, I signed up for a trail race and a trail race it was! 

So the first three miles were fun, then I started to wonder if I could even finish 15 miles, there were two more fun miles around mile 11 when the hills decided to take a little break, and then the last 5k went by SO. SLOW. One foot in front of the other and I got to the end! I wasn’t sure what to expect pace wise for this race since I knew the terrain was very difficult and trails definitely slow you down. Walking slows you down too. That happened a few times. Going into it I was thinking that I would be very happy with sub 10 min miles and I hit my goal! I finished in 2:30 averaging 9:43 miles for 25k or for all you americans reading this: 15.5 miles. This race is very well organized and there were fantastic aid stations about every three miles where you can guzzle gatorade or water and feast on delacasies such as gummy bears and potato chips (true story that’s what I ate). I didn’t carry any water or snacks with me but made sure to have something at every stop. I saw lots of people carrying their own water so it’s totally personal preference. I don’t like carrying things. 

race_1769_photo_37111074

Post Race

After this race is a fun time. There is a bbq, free stuff (darn tough socks and kind bars!), and free beer if you’re into that after racing. I am not. I ran into some friends and chatted for a while, got some food from the potluck bbq, sat on the grass and almost stayed there the rest of the day due to some seriously sore legs, and then made my way home. I didn’t realize how bad it was but I had a serious blister situation on my feet! I spent the rest of the afternoon hanging out with the dog on the couch and then actually ended up going to a concert later in the day. I was very excited that it was a cold evening for an outdoor concert because the only shoes I could even think about putting on were uggs! (and that’s what I wore to a concert in May… ugg boots.) Overall it was such a fun time and something I’m so proud of completing and I’m excited to do it next year! 

13327604_10206909901205621_7133041180930104496_n

IMG_0321

IMG_0316