September 13, 2014
Man O Man where did this season go?! Everyone is winding down and getting their final triathlons in. I knew I wouldn't be racing as much as last summer, but I'm not ready for the season to end yet. I have Girl Power in New Orleans, then Santa Rosa Island, which, sadly, I probably won't be going to. After moving the Shreveport, driving to Pensacola just doesn't make a ton of sense. I really needed to find a different race and compete near my new home.
A few weeks ago both Kyle and Ginger both suggested I do the Rose City Triathlon in Tyler, Texas. So I thought about it, procrastinated, and registered on Monday (the last minute!). They have a pro/elite wave, and after looking at previous results, I thought it would be a good move to race head-to-head with some of the faster competitors in the area.
Ginger and I left early Saturday morning. Have I mentioned how grateful I am that she's in
Shreveport?!? When she left Hattiesburg I was TORN UP! She was my long ride/swim lane/bitch buddy! I had no idea that we would be reunited. After she left I did most of my training with Brinn, Nadine, and the Reeves. Your training buddies become a part of your routine and a part of who you are. I was devastated to leave them. Leaving Hattiesburg was heartbreaking, but having Ginger right here has been such a blessing. She's introduced me to the local endurance community and has helped me keep up with my training through the chaos. I would be lost without her!
|This picture was taken at the H.A.M.R. TIME! kids triathlon clinic in June. L->R Brinn, Nadine, Ruthie, Rebecca, & me.|
Swim 10:22 for 650m
|A few years of hard work and|
I'm coming out in front of the boys :)
The week after Rocketman Kyle and I went to the pool for a short loosen-up swim. He told me that
this winter we would work hard to change my stroke, but that I needed to be able to adapt to the water conditions and not just glide through the water with long strokes. We did a couple 25's working on faster arm turnover and swimming with my core, and 25's were about all I could manage without being completely gassed. Over the past few weeks I have been working really hard to change my stroke, and it's gotten easier. Even better, my shoulder doesn't hurt as much, and any discomfort feels more like soreness from muscle weakness and less like I'm damaging my body. The timing could not have been more perfect, the water conditions for this race definitely called for some aggressive turnover.
We turned the first corner and were in a straight line. I kept sighting and saw that part of the line was swimming to the right/outside of the course. I thought about sticking with the group- maybe they were trying to compensate for the wind- but decided to stay straight. I focused on the turn ahead and kept turning my arms over. After the last turn I realized that there were men around me, but no one was in front of me. I'd worked my way up to the front of the 2nd group of swimmers. Ok, maybe I CAN hang... I exited the water and Ginger yelled at me to GO!
The transition area was really close to the boat ramp. I fumbled around to get my speed suit off, but still really quick transitions. I've got some ground to make up.
Bike 33:28, 21.5mph
2nd female in. Fastest female transition (I'll take what I can get!)
Run 22.59, 7:11min/mile
Tired. I was pretty conservative for the first half mile to let my legs loosen up. It was really cool out so it didn't take long before I felt like I could bump the intensity up. I saw Rachel Olsen, one of my new training buddies, and she was moving... her strides looked long and powerful, she was killing it! She cheered for me and I gave her a thumbs up. I kept looking back to see where the next woman was, but didn't see her until close to a mile in. She might have been closing in on me, but I didn't think she would make up enough ground to catch me. I thought about Kyle and his expectations, so I kept pushing and ran as hard as I could. There were a few out and backs on the course on paved trails, so we hit a few small inclines. The last mile was flat and overlapped with the bike course. I picked up the pace and just held on. Ginger rode by and yelled "GO!". She told me she had placed a stick on the ground exactly 1/2 mile from the finish, and when I saw it I thought, "just an 800 left" and picked it up.
2nd overall woman & $300. I don't think I could have expected much more for this race, so I'm happy. Definitely looking forward to finishing the season strong at Girl Power, cooler temperatures, and a winter of improvement!
Shreveport REPRESENTED! We were 1st, 2nd, and 4th Overall Women/1st Masters Woamn and 1st Male Grandmasters. Coincidentally, we all swim with Kyle at noon!
|Rachel won 1st overall... She rocked it! |
Our group bike rides must be working :)
|Shreveport group! Ginger, Me, Rachel, & Brian|