Packing hell…That is what I am in. I hate packing for trips because I have no idea what I want to wear three days from now! I was hoping to work from home tomorrow so I could pack at my leisure but I have to go in so now I have to figure it all out. #everydaystruggles
You may have read on my blog that I am a Vanderkitten VIP. I was very lucky to be chosen to be a VIP this year. The AMAZING group of ladies really kickstarted my year off right with lots of motivation to kick ass! Once I made it through Vineman I got super focused on Ironman Arizona and kind of drifted away from the group over the the Ironaman Arizona Facebook group. Tonight one of the kittens reached out and asked me to join them in Temp for a ride. I wish I could have been more involved in the group but my schedule just made it impossible. I can’t wait to see the kittens out there cheering on race day and they really got me started on what has been a fabulous year! They are an amazing professional organization and outstanding group of VIPs!
Now, for the picture above. I am sure I will be a couple of those Dwarves on race day, but I have thought of a couple others. I will also be
and definitely Weepy!
I was very lucky to get today off. The days I have doubles (even though it was only 90 minutes of total exercise) are really hard with work and kids. It was a very relaxing day and being able to easily get my two workouts in was excellent. I have started accumulating stuff for the race. I won’t really pack until Thursday when we leave; but I am setting out the things I need and making lists in my head. I took my bike into the shop today for one last checkup. I found a goathead stuck in my tire on Sunday and when I pulled it out I flatted. I ride tubeless so this was a bummer. But after everything it has turned out to be a good thing. I finally got to try a can of fix flat on my tubeless tire! We used the can, spun the wheel, eventually inflated it to full pressure, and watched what happened. It held the tire pressure!!! This makes me feel much better about what would happen if I get a flat on Sunday (which I won’t just to be clear). Even though the fix flat did the trick I bought a new tire and they are replacing it for me right now!
Oh, and I got a super cute new hat!
The blog may get a little frenetic these last couple days. My mind is racing and I just need to let it relax. Honestly I am in the best place I could possibly be at this point!
I swam this morning and it went well. My shoulder is sore like it was early in training. I will take Aleeve this week to see if that helps. It gets better with more swimming so that is a good thing! The last set in my workout out was 5 X 200 at race pace. I want to swim a 1:05 in the race; which works out to a 1:32/100 yard average pace. Tough, but not impossible. So below were my splits from the set.
Just a little shy of the magic 1:32 pace. I am hoping that the wetsuit and excitement helps get me there.
I had a nice chat with Jordan Rapp this morning. He is a professional triathlete that lives near by and because of that I keep seeing him when I am training. We swim at the same pool, run the same roads, and this weekend we even biked the same routes. He will be racing Arizona as well. Of course he will finish a little bit before me… you know, about 4 hours earlier… He is a super nice guy and I am pulling for him to win! Also, I asked him to stop by the finish and cheer me on after his race 🙂 He said he is usually eating by 12:00 hours but if I hit the 11:30, like my coach is predicting, he might be there. A little more motivation never hurts!
That is it! Nothing more to do but keep moving and get to race day. When I first started this I said I would do a weekly video. Well, I didn’t do that well at that so this week the whole re-cap is in the video! Hope you watch it!
I will be posting links for who to follow me on race day so keep an eye on the blog!
I have 9 more sleeps until THE race. I have been planing for this race for easily 16 months since the day I signed up to volunteer. Now that the day is alomst here, the thought of not having the next year planned out scares me! We have decided to do the TransRockies Run in August of 2015 which will be epic and awesome. But to get to that point, we need to fill in the first 8 months of the year with races that will help get us ready for the big one. So here is what we are thinking… (this is just a preliminary plan; expect some change)
- 13.1 LA January ??, 2015 – Not sure if this really going to happen but just in case it is on our radar
- Calico 30K/50K January 25, 2015 – Just the 30K for me but 50K for Stuart
- Sean O’Brien 50K February 7, 2015
- LA Marthon March 15, 2015 – I am hoping to help pace a friend to a PR (she doesn’t know it yet)
- The Great Race of Agoura 13.1 March 28, 2015- fun local race
- Leona Divide 50 mile April 18, 2015 – This one scares me a little…
- Rim to Rim to Rim 46-50 miles May 9, 2015 – This will be a self supported crossing of the Grand Canyon..TWICE! This one REALLY scares me! But with Stuart I can do anything!
- Transrockies Run 120 miles over 6 days August 11-16, 2015 – What would be a better way to spend a week in Colorado?
The numbers for those of you who don’t want the fluff:
Age Group 15/133
I wasn’t originally planning on running this race but since Stuart was going to be running the full marathon I asked my coach if I could run the half. This race is dear to me because it is the first race I ever really trained for and ran back in 2006. Coach said I could race this so I was excited to go for a pace of 9:00/mile, a full minute below my goal marathon pace for Ironman Arizona. If it felt good I was going to push it a little more. Well, the first couple miles felt pretty good so I just kept going with the pace. Originally I just wanted to break 2:00 but once I got to about mile 5 I was hoping to catch the 1:50 pacer. I couldn’t quite catch him but I ended up running just over 1:53. I will take that!
After the race I jumped on my mountain bike and chased after Stuart who was still running. I found him right before mile 18 and made sure he had everything he needed and checked on how he was feeling. He was in the zone and needed nothing so I hung back on the bike and just followed him. I started meeting other running the race who really needed someone to talk to them to help get them through the last 6 miles. I ended up spending a chunk of time with one woman who was in from out of town to run. I essentially talked her ear off for the rest of the race and helped keep her aware of how she was in relation to other runners. I had so much fun!!! It is such a small and quaint marathon! I may have to go back and run it again next year!
Below are some pictures from the day…the perfect day!
All smiles before the start
LOVIN my new Coeur running kit!
Stuart around mile 18
and around mile 22
This week was knocked of course a little by the fact that I caught a small head cold early in the week. It took all the will power I had to actually take a whole extra day off from training to try and fight the cold. Luckily, since I don’t get sick often, I was able to fight the cold pretty quickly and get back to the schedule. I also had to split up my Thursday double over onto Friday. When I went back and looked at my training over the last two months I actually had only missed one or two open water swims due to bad weather. I am really proud of how well I have stuck to my plan since I recovered from my bike crash week one.
This week was my last week swimming with Tower 26 this year. That experience has been amazing! I have met some of the nicest people in the group and I am 100 times more comfortable swimming in the ocean now. It was one of the best things I have added to my training this year. I may be taking time off Triathlon after this race but I have a feeling I may be swimming with them next summer anyway!
This week ended with a race. Just a half marathon but it was the same race where it all began. I ran my first half marathon in 2006 at the Santa Clarita Half Marathon. I had no idea that it would lead to all of this. It was a great day for a race and I had so much fun! (See my race report) But to summarize, I ran faster than I expected to and it was kind of easy. One of my friends commented on my time and said it looks like I am ready for an Ironman!