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!
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!
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.
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.
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!
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!