We rested up most of the day and went back up to the expo to drop the bike off and say hi to some of our friends.
I stole H's race wheels (SHHHHHHH, I don't think she knows this yet!!!) and dropped Smurf off in transition.
Counting rows and figuring out where my bike is... Yes, I dressed myself
and Heather was not pleased w/ my wardrobe clashing choices.
Posing w/ the awesomest bike of all the land!Can you see the red wheels? Yeah they don't match
Smurf's majestic blue, but man did we fly!
So as we were leaving I looked at the registration line... again what a mess. People were waiting forever, seriously, I would say the one thing about this venue that needs to be fixed was the registration mess.
We went back to our place and awaited the arrival of BDD, Kevin and Jennie.
They all got there about the same time and we had dinner, chilled and chatted the night away... well in between Frankie being a butt head and not getting along w/ Bailey. Frankie went to doggie jail and Sophie and Bailey were hanging out.
Early rise... or was it? We got notice that they were going to keep transition open an extra hour for the half participants, so we took our time packing up and heading on over there.
I got all set up... Boy do I make a mess and spread out haha, I had a huge area scattered w/ all my crap when Kevin came over, he had to be shaking his head at what a mess I was haha (poor H has to deal w/ that daily!!!).
We chatted a bit and then I proceeded to clean my crap up.
I headed over to the port a pots and gave a good push. Nothing like the feeling of a pre-race total system clean-out. Honestly, that makes racing all worth it :)
Walked up to the swim start and saw Heather, Nat and Tim volunteering and getting everyone in order to start swimming and then again when they were exiting the water. It was cool seeing a lot of my friends volunteering, definitely gave a different vibe for the race.
The swim was so so. I started out in the second row and found my groove along the back stretch. I swam a bit off course again (never had issues before this year) and fought w/ 2 guys on the back stretch. Weird how there is so much space to take up swimming and they are right on top of you. ALSO, how the hell do people swim diagonally the whole time? I can't tell you how many people I saw going diagonal on the long back stretch... totally weird.
Anyways, turned and made my way back in to the swim finish and it got shallow about 100-200ft out from shore. I kept doing dolphin dives the whole way in and passed 3 people.
Coming out of water... first time ever getting stuck
in my dang wetsuit.
Seriously, I can't get the damn thing off!!!
Quick and painless or was it? Right after Jennie snapped the above pictures of me coming up the sand, I rolled my right ankle badly. I almost fell over and heard the crowd all go OOOHHHH MAN! OUCH! Yeah, it hurt. I ran it off best I could and made a point to try and stretch it out on the bike.
Bike: 2:40:50 (20.4 mph)
I know this bike course by memory, we rode it A LOT last year. I felt pretty good since I ran the 5k the day before but the bike would be the test of the rest of the day.
I felt awesome. At the start. At the halfway point I was averaging 21.7 mph. I saw Kevin right around the half way point and it was then that my legs were starting to tighten up on me. I started taking my nutrition, which are cookies that I make myself... however I made them a month ago, froze them and took them to Maine w/ us. I forgot that they weren't refrigerated for a couple days... but ate them anyways. This is the only thing I can think of that would have turned my stomach the way it did.
My legs tightened up a bit, but I pushed through and kept fighting to keep my pace, I knew it was easier to gain time on the bike than the run.
Kevin and I chatted a bit as we biked and then he was off. His kit and bike looked freaking awesome together. I knew he didn't want to ride near me too long for fear that I would cause an accident by being distracted by a shiny object LOL.
He was off and I never saw him again until later in the run.
Around mile 48-50 is when shit hit the fan. My stomach turned. I had horrible stomach pains and cramps. All the energy in my body left and it felt like I hadn't taken any nutrition. I was averaging 14-15mph for the last few miles and was so pissed at myself for blowing my race. I knew I had a chance for a PR w/ my swim and bike even w/ a crappy run. The minutes lost on the bike would cost me a PR.
I got off the bike and saw Heather, Nat and Tim cheering and I tried faking a smile but Heather saw right through.
That's right FOOLS!!! I even beat Kevin haha. The reason it was slow, my stomach was killing me and I couldn't get my compression socks on for some reason. My toe got caught in the sock.
I walked out of transition (which was why I was shocked it was that fast of a time) and they had an aid station right there. I grabbed a coke hoping that it would work as well as it did when I had stomach issues in Maine.
Run: 1:57:26 (9:53/mile)
It took about a half mile of walking and cussing myself out to start running. The coke worked. I ran the first mile at 8:00 pace (after walking half of it) and I was off. While running out of the amusement park one of the runners ran up to me and asked me what my goal time was. I told him uhhhhh I don't know... why? What's yours? He goes, well do you know how fast you are going? I said no, I am just running until my legs get tired and then I will run-walk. He goes, well you are running a 6:15 pace right now!!! I go oh really? Hmmm, must be feeling good today then. He goes, well are you aiming to run this pace the whole run because I can't even hang w/ you and I am shooting for a 1:40:00?
I laughed at him and said hell no haha. He goes GOOD, because you were really freaking me out that you are such a big dude and running this hard already! I told him have fun and I probably won't see you again when I start walking. (funny story, I beat him haha)
I had a 7:45 pace for the first 10k of the race. I was feeling very good actually.
My legs would seize up on my a couple of times and I started punching my quads to get them to loosen up. Racing the 5k as hard as I could the day before was not intelligent... I will probably never go that hard the day before the race again (are you laughing as much as I am as I type that? Pretty sure I have no self control and will do it a lot more).
After the 10k point I started walking. I run a mile walk a minute. It works for me and it makes the miles fly by. The pace slowed up and I was shooting for 9:30's to 10min / mile including the walk.
It was fun seeing Kevin on all of the out and backs. We would heckle each other and kick each other in the ass to keep going and get it done.
I had a lot of fun at this course this year. I was chatting w/ a few guys and having a really good time. It was a gorgeous day and I took coke at every stop. It fixed my stomach and gave me the confidence I needed to push as hard as I could.
Giving the thumbs up to our friends as I came in. Heather was
right there and I grabbed her to get her to run the last 1/4 mile w/ me
across the finish line.
Of course they cropped this awesome pic!
I told her I would give her a kiss, she didn't know
I was gonna pick her up and dip her too!
Look at this guy! He crushed it and had an
awesome race. I was so happy everything clicked
for him out there. Was wishing I would have the same
fortune haha. Bailey was shy and not ready for a
Look at this energy! Jen you are a rock star!
I almost fell over on her here. I was hiding the world of hurt I was in.
Well after the race I laid down for about 45 minutes. I pushed so hard that my stomach finally caught up to me and tortured the hell out of me. Heather was a good sport and got me some cokes to drink and waited it out w/ me. I finally felt good enough that I could get my stuff out of transition and then we went home.
So we went to Wendy's and I got a baconator... yup, ATE ALL OF IT!
Look at this thing in all of it's glory!
Well, that was not smart. I spent the rest of the night shitting my brains out on the toilet. When I felt I could make it an hour w/out crapping myself we went home. I was miserable. It took me 3 days to stop having the stomach pain and stop painting the toilet.
All in all, was a great race. Love the bike course here the most. However the run course is fun for 1 loop. Doing the full, the second loop kinda sucks haha. So I was pretty stoked to only be doing the half that day.
Overall finish time: 5:22:07 ... no PR. It's alright, it took me a few days to deal w/ it, I blame the 5k for holding me back a bit on the run and my nutrition laziness (should have made fresh cookies) for the stomach issues.