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2017-07-06

My favorite Race (well half of it)

Okay, had to add a new beginning onto this one – yes I did finish this the same day as the race.  No, I did not post it immediately. Unfortunately I was having some issues with my website when I got home from the race.  Of course that was fixed 3 or 4 days ago, but then, as I’ll write about down below, when I’m back to mom-mode, blogging is not going to happen in a timely manner.  But, still under 2 weeks later, here it is!! My first blog post in almost 10months (oops!)

 

Just 7hours ago I crossed the line of CDA 70.3 in 5th. Now I’m on the plane on the way home, beyond excited to see my husband (who I’m assuming will still be awake) and daughter (who had better be asleep).  This might be the fastest I have ever written a blog post race, BUT I know that if I don’t do it now, it won’t happen.  Right now I’m just a professional triathlete.  When I walk through the door at home, I’m mom.  And mom doesn’t have time for blogging.

 

I was so excited to be back in CDA this weekend.  It is the site of my first Ironman (EVER!) back in 2007, and the site of my first top 3 pro finish in 2014.  I have great memories of racing here, but I also love the town.  It’s scenic, friendly, easy to navigate, not too busy, but has a lot of cool things going on. Although I had to go solo to this one, I was excited to be back at one of my favorite race venues.  Now, I probably should admit, while I missed my family like crazy, it was also nice to have some alone time.  The day before the race I just lied in bed for about 3 hours, watching crap tv, and it was AWESOME!!

 

IMCDA2007 looked a little different from IMCDA2014 :)

 

This morning, when I woke up at 3:30 AM (ugh, even though my alarm was set for 4:10) I was excited to race.  I knew there would be some fast gals on the start line, but that’s always the case now! I was just excited to see if I might be in the mix.  My big focus right now is on IM Whistler in July and I don’t always have great 70.3’s during big IM training. BUT my training has been getting better so I knew if I followed my race plan, I could have a decent day.  (to my athletes – that’s right, I also set my own race plan and I FOLLOW IT!).

I think my favorite part of the course is the swim – which is saying a lot since I typically hate the swim the most even though it’s probably my best of the 3 events.  The water is cold (not too cold), pretty clear, and fairly calm. It is really just a beautiful lake to swim in – and the course is super easy – a straight forward rectangle.  When the gun went off, the swim quickly became my least favorite part of the day.  I started on the inside and immediately got stuck in a pack of gals who kept swimming on top of me. It took me to almost the first turn buoy to get out of the washing machine.  At one point I felt like I couldn’t breathe and had a panicky moment where I thought I might just pull out of the race.  I did a quick stroke of breaststroke, took a calming breath, and told myself to stop being such a baby. After that I settled in and just swam.  I caught a gal with a few hundred to go and was pleasantly surprised to get out of the water in 2nd! My training time has been a bit limited with work and being a mom so I have had to prioritize the bike and run.  That means most weeks I only swim twice, and it’s usually on my own.  It’s not ideal, but it’s what I can do.

 

Once I got on the bike I was in heaven.  I LOVE LOVE LOVE this bike course! BIG rollers, pretty scenery, and after the first 15miles you just GO! I got passed by a few gals early, but stuck to my HR plan.  HR is such a great way to race – it tells you how your body is doing on the day. I know that if I keep my HR just under 150  I can have a strong ride (that is sustainable) AND still have legs to run after. Sometimes it’s hard to let girls go when I feel like I might be able to hang, but I have gotten caught up in the melee before – it usually results in a great bike and a really shitty run. The bike flew by and I was off in 6th.  I just had to hang onto that to take home some $$!

The first time I really got a look at my competition on the run was at the first turnaround, just past mile 3.  I saw that a couple gals were several minutes up (eventual top 3 finishers), one gal was about 2 minutes up and another was only 2 minutes down.  Now the girl that was running in 7th at that point, Alicia Hill, had just beaten me a few weeks before at the Santa Rosa 70.3….by 5 seconds! She is a way stronger runner than me and she was definitely COMING! I decided that I was just going to try to hold her off as long as possible, even after a quick bathroom stop in some bushes (oops!) By the time we hit the half way point, I heard that 5th was starting to fade.  I was less than a minute down – that was doable.  I knew that 7th would probably get me so in my mind I thought I would have to run down the girl in front of me to take home a paycheck.  FINALLY at mile 12 it happened.  I was a little worried to make the pass because I was starting to fade as well, I backed off the pace a little to recover and then I tried to look as strong and fast as I possibly could when I finally went around her (just after mile 12).  I was really hoping she wouldn’t call my bluff! As I got closer and closer to the finish, I knew Alicia was probably right on my heels. I tried to pick up the pace and increase my turnover. I gave that last mile EVERYTHING I HAD. With about 20 meters to go I took a look behind me and no one was there. I breathed a sigh of relief that I didn’t have to sprint it in, smiled, and crossed the finish line in 5th.

Of course I’m excited to get a paycheck and pay for my first 2 races of the season. BUT I think the thing I’m most proud of is that I executed my race plan exactly and kept fighting even when things got really hard.  I am also excited that I am continuing to make progress.  It’s always hard to be away from my two favorite people (Mark and Hanna), but I hope that I am setting a good example for my little one – that you can be a good mom (at least I hope I am!) and still follow your dreams.  See you in Whistler! 

Results

6/25 Coeur D'Alene 70.3 - 5th

schedule

7/30 Ironman Whistler

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