Monday, June 3rd:
Tonight's swim was a train wreck. I got stuck in traffic on the way to the pool and felt like crap the whole time I was in the water. I pulled off the full 350 yards, but not in the combination that I was supposed to. I needed to take a breather every 25 yards. This does not inspire confidence in my swimming abilities. Sigh. I will be redoubling my efforts on Thursday.
Tuesday, June 4th:
After yesterday's disastrous swim, I needed tonight's brick to go well since it was my last chance to cram one in before this weekend's race - and boy did it ever. Granted, these miles were all done on the trainer, but still...I'm not complaining!
Wednesday, June 5th:
Tonight's workout was a short track workout with the whole tri team (we only did 2x400).
After the track workout, we walked across a parking lot to join the local running club for their weekly 5k "fun run". There's no chip timing, no course support, just a course and a clock. I knew that this wasn't going to be a p/r run for me since I was already a little tired from the track workout (what is it with repeats and kicking the crap out of me?). There were a few words from the club's president and then he shouted 'Go'. I took off and settled into a relatively comfortable pace for the first mile as a light drizzle began to fall. Mile 2 was a little rough. I had to stop and walk it off a little - which annoyed me to no end. I picked it up and started running again. After a while, I started hearing one of my teammates over my shoulder and I figured that since I had stayed in front of her for this long, I wasn't about to let her pass me! Go figure, the course was .19 miles longer than a 5k, but overall it was a pretty good run, but there's always room to improve.
Thursday, June 6th:
I was supposed to go to the pool tonight, but my legs were just completely shredded from last night. I realize that swimming probably wouldn't have been that rough on my legs, but I'm being extra cautious since I've got 2 more races in the next 6 days - yeah, 3 races in 7 days was not the smartest thing I've ever done.
Friday, June 7th:
After a particularly un-fun morning at work, I left at 1pm (yay, summer hours!) and headed home to change into my swimsuit and grab my forgotten flip flops before driving out to the pool to cram in last night's missed workout. I pretty much threw the Iron Cheerleader's swim workout out the window and focused on figuring out how to breathe on my right side (I can sort of do it, but my head comes up so far that my legs sink) and how to do a catch up stroke (helps protect your head/face in a triathlon swim). I was by no means fast, but I did put in 50 yards more than the Iron Cheerleader called for!
Mr. R&R and I drove down to Cudahy early this afternoon to pick up my race number for tomorrow's South Shore Duathlon. It was uneventful, as usual, and we took the opportunity to take a little walk to what I remembered as 'The Hill from Hell' last year. It was even steeper and nastier than I remembered! Fortunately, we were able to stop and enjoy the view at the bottom - something I won't be doing tomorrow morning. The water was so clear, it almost looked inviting!
Sunday, June 9th
As always, the alarm went off too early. I showered, put on my race clothes, strapped my bike to the car, and Mr. R&R and I were on our way back to Cudahy for the 2013 edition of the South Shore Rock 'n Ride Duathlon.
|"Breakfast" was consumed enroute|
|All smiles at the start|
T1 Time: 2:39 (Not good. Not good at all. I've been lax about practicing transitions and it showed. This was just downright sloppy.)
I jumped on my bike and started pedaling furiously. The first 2 miles were awesome. Miles 3-5 were terrible. Miles 6-8 were decent. Mile 9 was a friggin' trainwreck. Mile 10 was passable.
|See...I don't just ride it in the basement!|
At long last, the bike leg, and it's accompanying mental breakdown, was over. I hustled into transition, re-racked my bike, ripped my helmet off, and switched back to my running shoes.
T2: 1:45 (better, but still could use some work)
The first part of the second run wasn't too bad since I don't think my legs had figured out what was happening yet. Like last year, the second run was a reverse of the first run, which meant that the Hill From Hell came up early on. I ran down it, but mostly power walked up it - another huge crybaby moment. By the time I got to the top, I just wanted to be done - especially since the final climb to the top is just ugly steep.
At long last, the finish line came into view and I did my best to sprint in.
|Ready for it to be over.|
That's a full 4:54 slower than last year. I've narrowed the cause down to a couple of factors: 1) both run courses were quite a bit longer than they were last year 2) my transitions were slower because I was switching from running shoes to bike shoes to running shoes 3) my bike time wasn't as good as it should have been. I could throw a tantrum about this, or I can learn from it and improve going forward. I'm pretty sure that tantrums qualify as crybaby moments, so I think I'll take the learn/move on approach!
Swim: 800 yards
Bike: 20 miles
Run: 9.3 miles
Total Time: 3 hours, 9 minutes