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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Recap – My first open water training swim

4th Lake

4th Lake

My first open swim happened a few weeks ago in the Adirondack Mountains, not far from the location of the Lake Placid Ironman. In fact, I saw a few athletes that I thought were getting in their last bits of training before their event last weekend.

From my previous post, “Prelude to my first open water training swim” I was anxious and nervous to get out in the open water and get my head wet; worried that a lake monster might come up from the depths, but that never happened.

The day we arrived at our destination and got settled in, I got myself right into my wet suit and my niece and I headed to the ‘beach’ (I unfortunately don’t have photos of me swimming, because every time I got myself outside I forgot my phone, Sorry!)

The first day in the lake the water was chilly, though I had my wet suit on my face and arms, which were not covered by the wetsuit, felt the cold and upon submerging my whole body, I had to gasp for air because it was so cold. With my goggles on I looked at the bottom of the lake and found it to be friendly and soft and got to my swim.

The water was rolly and a little rough due to the boats going by and the wind and I found that I was feeling a little nauseous. I got my swim in but it was much harder than a pool swim. I think perhaps I was pushing really hard, much harder then I thought, and was feeling dizzy and just exhausted as I finished up my swim.

During my swim, my goggles fogged up bad and I had to keep stopping and clearing them.  If I didn’t clear them, I couldn’t see, and for some strange reason, that made me feel like it was harder swimming. I did see a fish and I didn’t get scared. Getting my wet suit off was a chore and I got completely wet! As I was walking out of the lake I felt this, sploosh, and a whole bunch of water came rushing down towards my legs inside my suit. I think I didn’t put it on right!  Overall I feel it was a success, I believe I need to push harder in the pool to make sure I am ready for the race, and I am no longer worried about getting out into the water.

I swam another training swim in the lake but this time did not wear my wetsuit, I didn’t feel nauseous and the swim actually felt easier. I had forgotten my watch so just did as many laps as I had completed the first day. 

4th Lake at Sunset

4th Lake at Sunset

All-in-all, first open water training swim was a success. Next one comes the end of August at the beach, I am thinking about maybe NOT using my wet suit for the Sprint Tri in September…. we will see!

Are you supposed to get wet inside your wet suit during a swim? Do you prefer open water swims to pool swims, or pool swims to open water swims?

Tri-training swimming

Last week was my first week of Tri-Training Swimming.

I haven’t been in the pool for a while but quickly remembered how to breathe and what not. I also quickly remembered how it was not like running and quickly was out of breath. I needed to slow down, so, I did some kick boarding in between laps and then towards the end of the first day in the pool I was back to flip turns and feeling my old self again.

Ice Age,,, fond memories

AWWW Ice Age,,, fond memories

Something I saw the lady next to me doing, with some ease, was breathing on both the left and the right.

Is that better?

Hum, so this past Sunday after my training laps were done, I tried it out. At first I was having a good deal of trouble but after about my 5th half lap I was feeling pretty good breathing on both sides. I typically only breath on my left, so I am a bit slower doing both but will keep training with it a little at a time and see if I get a benefit.

Do you breath on both the right and left side?