Workout, eat, work, sleep.
Workout, eat, work, sleep.
This has been my week.
The good news is that I love what I do, I love training, I love work, and I’ve been sleeping well, so life ain’t so bad.
The bad news is that leaves very few waking hours for anything else (read: blog posts) so here is my life in the last few days:
I got older on Saturday March 3. It was an awesome day, which included a great 2.51 mile run (25 mins), 10 mile bike (42 mins), 2,51 mile run (24) – goal was to negative split and get some time outside in my saddle. Mission highly accomplished! Also, it included a fancy crab dinner at Truluks and happy fun times with friends at the bar after. We literally took over their whole patio, a billion people came out. It was good times, I felt the luv.
Blue Norther Duathlon:
I obsessively checked the weather for a while on this one. It looked disasterous. I am not afraid of running in the rain anymore (besides, ya know, lightning and downpours) but this is a du. Never have evilbike and I been bffs outside with water.
Frankly, evilbike and I have not been bffs outside since Kerrville in Oct. As in, the 10 mile ride outside is the first time we’ve hung out since then. I mean, I’ve done hills at the gym all winter once a month and we’ve been getting reacquainted via trainer…
…but last weekend was the first time we rode outside in 5 months.
And then the forecast was rain.
I have never ridden in the rain.
I was most definitely terrified. I got up at 4:30 am with the pitter patter and secretly hoped it would get converted into a 10k. I could do that. However, the email from the race director said it was ON so on we went.
You all know the addage – nothing new for race day. Well, when you race 2 weekends a month, you don’t always have that luxury. When I heard about the weather, we picked up some new tights. North Face. Because I have a lot of adventures (honestly, the best ones I tried on)…
Plus, I picked up a waterproof cycling jacket. It zipped the sleeves off which was neat, but it wasn’t my fave color (neon green and white) so it was a maybe. I had to be coerced to bring it but glad I did.
Full gear list: underarmor lucky sports bra, tx tri short sleeve tech tee, asics sleeves, north face tights, nike dri fit socks, brooks t-5 racers, cep compression leg sleeves, pearl izumi cycling jacket.
We did a warmup run after setting up transition, and then bathroomed and got to race start. I decided to zip off my sleeves and run with the izumi vest, asics sleeves, and tech tee. And… we were off!
Zliten started with me until I looked at him and said “9:15s? Really?” and then he dropped back (his plan was 11s). Not that I didn’t want to run with him… I just didn’t want him to fizzle boom on the first run that I was ready for. This run, as anything USAT sanctioned, is no headphones allowed. I was bummed, but honestly, didn’t miss it.
My goal for the first 5k was a progression run. I wanted to start out around 10s and get better from there. I actually blew that shit out of the water… 9:32 the first mile, 9:24 the second, and 9:13 the third. I think the course was actually long, so the last .2-.3 was faster (but garmin data was inconclusive becuase dummy forgot to hit splits). Overall, passed about a dozen or so groups on the run, Est. avg. 9:20 min/mi.
Then, I picked up evilbike. I ditched my sunglasses as they were so rainsoaked I could barely see and got going. I was SO FREAKING NERVOUS about this part. Never rode in the rain (and why not learn in a race, right?). I noticed about half a mile in that I didn’t do anything on my garmin and it was about 33 mins. Oooook.
Started out really conservatively and cursed myself for leaving the sunglasses as my face was getting pounded with rain. I booked when I could and took the turns super slow. I always fancy myself a sucky cyclist but I “on your left”‘d a few dozen peeps and only got passed by 3. I had mile splits everywhere from 14.2 (ugh) to 18.7 (yay) for an avg of 16.3 mph. As much as at first I cursed my lack of hill skillz this year, I have to remember that a 16.3 this early in the season before I’ve done any outside training is actually AH-MAY-ZING. Also, very un-winded at transition.
Sadly, unwinded did not mean a good run start. With the coldness and the wetness, my feet actually hurt BAD. Like, my lungs and legs wanted to go faster but the unhappy little stumps I was landing on were screaming. I sucked it up and did what I could and within .5 of a mile of sad, sad times I was back under 10s.
I talked recently about my 5k pacing problems, specifically the despair I feel at 1.5 miles and while I didn’t the first time running it as a progression run, I did this time. I made it a goal not to hit 10 min/mi and just did what I could. Right around then I also had another issue – my ankle went all wonky. I slowed down and limp-ran a bit until I stopped and stretched it out a bit, and continued to limp-run until, magically, it went away. No problem since then. I think I may have just stepped funny on a curb but it had me worried.
After getting past mile 2, the eyes were on the prize. I passed a few more people and then finally had my eye on a girl up ahead. She had passed me on the bike and chatted with me a bit, and all I could think about on the bike was “the people I pass on the bike will probably smoke me on the run”. So this was a goal, to do the opposite. I kept her in my sights going a fairly comfortable 9 min/mi and when I saw the finish, I made my move, passing her and sprinting as fast as I could, topping out at about 8:13s.
I finished in 1:58:00 garmin time, and went out to cheer Zliten in. I had monitored his progress – he got into transition to get the bike before I ran, and had put his bike away before I finished, so I knew he was ok. Then, before I knew it, he was running it in strong and finished. Apparently he had me in his sights on a long stretch of the bike but couldn’t catch up (no quarter mother effer!!!!). He ran a huge PR at about 30:30 for his first 5k, abut 1-1.5 mph behind me on the bike, and a totally respectable 35 for the last 5k.
So, I went from thinking I might DFL this race (last years results were ridic – 9 min/mi was the bottom of the barrel), to thinking I might have placed.
…well results say I’m 8/9 but honestly, there are a bunch of errors. We’ll see. Either way, I’m happy with what I did so onward and upward!!!!