Iron Girl Race Day Recap… The Run

As I was saying… the sun was shinning and the wind was at my back. Man-was I pumped. You would think one would be tired after swimming in a typhoon and riding a bike through a wind tunnel! Just kidding, it wasn’t all that bad, it was behind me now. I was smiling, laughing, yes tearing up, and chatting with the ladies along the route.

The route was fast and flat, a small turn around and then head back to the finish!

I have to say, I was pushing it. Didn’t need that Gu I had in my pocket, I was running off of pure excitement, Joy, and adrenaline!

I chatted with one or two ladies who were passing me, we said things like “you are awesome, keep it up!” and “See you at the finish line!”

Before I knew it the run was over! What the heck, the whole race was over! The race that I had prepared for for how many months, swimming many times a week, running, more times a week, and trying to bike as much as mentally possible. It all paid off, can I tell you (you probably already guessed this) but I am tearing up right now! I probably will each and every time I re-read these posts.

The excitement, the exhilaration, the joy of going through the finish line is so amazing, everyone in their life must once feel the feeling of working hard to complete a goal and then completing it, and completing it well. It is a feeling of a life time, it is addicting and it makes you say – I am ready for another!

I finished, man did I finish! I was so pumped with adrenaline I think I talked with over 50 women and met the winner. She was so nice! Competing in a race or sport that you love makes you a happy person. I swear. As Reese Witherspoon’s character ELLE WOODS in Legally Blonde put it “…exercise gives endorphins. Endorphins make you happy. Happy people just don’t kill their husbands!”

Happy people just don't kill their husbands!

Happy people just don’t kill their husbands!

Up next… my race times and how they compare to my pre race goals!

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Iron Girl 2013 Race Day Recap… The Bike

Jogging out of the transition area, hit the line and jumped on my bike. The gears were too low, so (and here is where my user error occurs) I proceed to ‘cross my chains’ What? YES. Now my pedals would not move forward. Any of you out there that have had a 6 gear Iron Man quality bike know that when your chains cross, you are not going anywhere till you uncrossed them. I am not an experienced rider, if I were I probably could have stayed on the bike and shifted till I was in the clear, but I had to dismount. Not, though, before I gave a big smile to the camera guy and rode past him. Can’t have a bad picture, now can we?

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Dismounted, not many riders passed me, I clicked my gears and hand pedaled my pedals until I was clear to go, I think this took about 6-8 min off my time. Lesson Learned. And off I rode.

The wind was at my face, side, back, and other side, ( that is called ‘coming from all directions’, thank you narrator in my head) and I pushed. The view was so pretty, the Bay on one side and trees on the other, the sun was shining down and the sky was light blue. I was having an experience of a life time! I pretty much passed everyone, all you could hear was “passing on your left” as I passed each Iron girl. I hit the turn around and kept up the pedaling. “Passing on your left” was what I said, and “you go girl!”, “right on sister”, and a few other motivational phrases were yelled back to me. Before I was completed the bike I was passed by probably 3 ladies. I was pleased!bike pic 1

Into the transition I went, quick, quick. Pro-compression visor that matched my Pro-compression socks, CHECK!

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NUUN at the ready, Mike’s recovery drink and a GU and I was running out of the transition area. I waved to my parents and down the road I went.

The wind had died down now and at my back, the sun was shinning and I was pumped for the run!

Tri-training, first biking recap

There are many types of bike riding, there is…

This type of riding.

This type of riding.

this type

this type

or maybe

this type

this type

And most definitely,

This type!

This type!

HA! Yep, you guessed it! That is naked bike riding…

I didn’t do any of those types of biking last week, but I did take out Shelly’s K2 for a spin and learned a few lessons about Road Biking.

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Got to the bike path around 5:30am and quickly realized that the bike seat height is different from what I am used too. It took me a few minutes but then I was able to do a running quick step,step,step – HOP up and get on, start, and was on my way.

First things first, check how the gears work! But I didn’t realize that the brakes act as gear shifter too, DUH, and I rode in only one gear the whole time swearing up and down the bike was broke. But it wasn’t. Just the old kick in the tush user error!  Thank you to Downingtown Bike Shop for setting me straight and getting me back out on the bike path faster.

Ended the ride well, but not tired at all. I need to find a different longer trail with less down hill! At least I didn’t do this!

FALL!

FALL!

Do you have riding tips for me for my next ride?

Training by the numbers from last week

This is what I did last week. I am getting ready for the upcoming half marathon, but also want to keep up with Turbo Fire. I am on the last week of my first month. I am also trying out the Jillian Michael’s 6pack abs work out. I was pretty tired and added more complex carbs to my Gluten Free diet. Adding sticky brown rice and green bananas seemed to help keep my energy somewhat up after my workouts. I also drink nuun and Skratch lemon lime for hydration and a recovery drink after tough long workouts (I’ll get into that stuff more on another day.

Overall a good week.

22 miles run
40 minute bike
TURBO FIRE
  – Fire 30/Tone 30
  – Fire 45
  – Fire 30/Sculpt 30
  – Fire 55
  – HIIT 30
Jillian Michael’s 6 WEEKS TO 6 pack abs level 1
Lots of dog walking.

Next week should be more of the same…