In all honesty I got sick of writing the weekly recaps. They weren't interesting to me, and likely weren't interesting to anyone else. And, while there was some value, I just couldn't find the time to get them written (er, actually, I just didn't make the time, either way). I was busy living my life, which is clearly more important than writing about it. So, instead of recapping the last 15ish weeks of training I'll give you a pretty basic rundown of my life lately and my expectations for Vineman 70.3. (There are LOTS of pictures if you just want to look at those.)
In March I went to Wildflower training weekend, and camped, meaning I slept in a sleeping bag in a tent. I am not much of a camper so this was big. It was a fun weekend. It was crazy to see just how empty the lake was. Yikes.
Location of the old swim start. No water, at all. CRAZY.
There was water at this end. But, this shows how bad the
drought in California truly is.
I got an awesome delivery from Soas Racing, my new team kit. I love all of it, it's super comfortable and it looks great too! (I raced Wildflower Olympic in it, perfect!)
In late March (or maybe early April?) I had to get an ultrasound of my heart. My doctor had recommended I get it done in December when I went in for my physical, and then I got busy. I have a mild heart murmur, mitral valve prolapse (that I've actually had for YEARS, but I usually forget about). My doctor wanted an updated picture of it. In March-ish I wasn't feeling great and I was finally motivated to get it done. So, I got to watch my heart beating on a screen. Pretty cool actually. My heart is just fine and nothing has changed about the murmur. Very good news.
I spent a great deal of time at Wildflower relaxing
in my new hammock.
Feeling like death as I crossed the finish line. Ridiculously overheated.
Starting to feel better.
The weekend of Wildflower my little sister was due to have her baby. I didn't make the decision to go until Thursday when it looked like my nephew wasn't going to be showing up that weekend. I drove by myself in case I needed to leave early. Thankfully, I didn't. I got home Monday night, exhausted from the weekend, fell in to bed and was awoken just about 3 hours later by my mom telling me my sister was in labor. My nephew was born on Tuesday evening, mom and baby very healthy and happy. (He's actually TWO months old now, WHAT?!) He's the sweetest and cutest baby ever (not that I'm biased or anything) and I love going to their house and spending time with him.
I sprained my ankle right before my birthday and was on crutches for a week, ick. Which turned in to tendinitis. Which led to a lot of aqua jogging. All aqua jogging did was make me want to run.
Aqua jogging belt, and what my hands look like after a couple of hours in the pool...
My birthday was fun. When I got to work my boss had bought cupcakes and ice cream and all kinds of treats to celebrate. That evening I went to my sisters house with my parents and older sister and we all had a lovely birthday dinner. I went to Dave and Busters with a group of friends over the weekend and played games and walked away with two fun prizes.
And that weekend I bought myself an amazing birthday present (with the help of a gift card from my amazing mom). I love love love this new bike. It's so much fun to ride. It's a 2011 Trek Speed Concept 7.2 with SRAM Rival components. I'm not sure why the shop had a 2011 still, but I got a good deal for it. (My road bike, a Trek Madone, is also a 2011 that I bought in late 2012, apparently I really like 2011 Treks, or I really like good deals - eh, a little of both.)
First trip to the top of Mandeville
The bike with fancy green bar tape (WAY better than
the white tape that came on it which was kinda dingy already)
Bike Fitting Day! Thank you Nate Loyal.
My sleeveless wetsuit ripped on Memorial Day. Grr. Thankfully Xterra has a great warranty program and it's being replaced. Oh, but I still don't have it, oh and I'm racing Vineman 70.3 in three days. It took several phone calls but they got me a loaner for the weekend which they sent to me overnight. Thank goodness. I have a full sleeve wetsuit, but the water in the Russian River is quite warm and I overheat easily. Grateful I got a sleeveless for the weekend.
Spent most of the ride with these two lovely ladies.
Training carried on, some good days, some bad. I got sick (twice) and had a couple of off weekends. I hit most of my midweek workouts and kept up with the schedule for the most part. In June came Vineman training weekend. We headed up to Santa Rosa and trained on the course. Saturday morning we did the full swim in the Russian River followed by the full bike. 1.2 miles and 56. Then a 30 minute trasition run (or walk in my case). The next day the team ran most of the run course (skipping the winery, but still getting the mileage) covering 13.1 miles. I, on the other hand (with three teammates) aqua jogged for the equivalent of 13.1 miles in the pool. Fun times! I rode the shiny new tri bike this weekend, but decided that I'm going to stick with my road bike for race weekend. I have an early start time, the roads will be busy and I can handle the road bike a bit better at this point since I've had it far longer. I'm thinking for half aquabike I may use the tri bike.
Snapshots of the last few months... Life is good...
(I have NEVER won a best dressed award before.
Apparently I am the best dressed when it comes to tri kits though.)
And, I've raised more than $4,000 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (putting my lifetime fundraising total over $21,000)! It has been such a positive and successful season and I'm so glad I came back for it. I've been asked a lot what's next for me TNT wise. I'm not sure yet. There are lots of options, from teams I haven't tried (cycle, ultra) to teams I have (Ironteam). After Vineman 70.3, and the dust settles I'll start to think about the next step. For now, it's time to focus on race day.
So, what are my plans for race day? First, and most importantly, to have fun. Second, I want to PR my swim and my bike. My run is still a bit of a question mark. But, I'm going to give it everything I've got. Ideally I want to PR the whole race, since my training was vastly better than last year. But, you never know what's going to happen on race day. And, while I have a plan, the most important part of it is to remember that I do this for fun. I have some times in my head, I'm going to write them down on a piece of paper and put that piece of paper away. Because, for me, the times don't matter all that much. They don't truly measure my successes this year. All the times measure is time. It doesn't measure fun. It doesn't measure the friendships I've made. It doesn't measure everything great about training with Team in Training.
So, that's where things are for now. I've got lots of stuff coming up in the next couple of weeks/months. I'll do my best to do a better job of keeping this blog updated and not letting it die completely! Hopefully there are still a few readers out there.
A couple of pictures of my little dude. Cause no post would be complete without some Rocky love. :)
Time to go hydrate! Race day is rapidly approaching!!! I'll do my best to get a recap up right after Vineman 70.3, especially since I'm running Ragnar Northwest Passage next weekend and then the Half Aquabike the weekend after. Busy busy busy!