I’m probably the worst blogger on the web ha . . . last update was TOO long ago!!! Life has been a little upside down for me though, no excuse but it’s a lot to juggle a full time job, being a single mom, training for triathlons, finishing degree #2 and now studying for my PMP. Full plate would probably be an understatement but I love my life, where I am and am ever so thankful for the support I have
So here is to a quick catch up and more consistent posts
February: First race of the season – Augusta half marathon with three weeks of training!!! AWESOME right it was a great race and loved having the opportunity to run it with my dad – it was his first official 13.1! Best part of the race was when he passed me at mile 12.5, tapping me on the shoulder saying “keep it up” and finishing a min before me haha!!! I will NEVER live that one down, but in my defense my hip flexor acted up at mile 11 making for a painful last 2 miles to the finish. Regardless I still had a PR …
AND … I am VERY PROUD of my Dad!!!
The day after the race I flew out to Cali for the week for work to meet my soon to be new team with the new position I’m transitioning to end of May. I was in Newport Beach, stayed at a resort, ran along the ocean and got to do some exploring in between meetings and on my travel days . . . It was a great time but the trip home became quite the adventure . . . long story short – My flight was delayed in Newport which put me in San Francisco 30 min before my connecting flight . . . needless to say I missed my connection and had to sleep in the airport b/c the next available flight wasn’t until 7:45am the next day. That was a first and a VERY long night. Took me 24hrs to get home from Cali – you would have thought I flew overseas ha!!! Life’s an adventure and never a dull moment when I travel!
March: Race #2 – Georgia Publix Marathon/Half Marathon and a great weekend trip to ATL . . . Race was on St. Patrick’s Day (main reason I wanted to run it and for the awesome medal ). I had a good race over all and I was one of very few who dressed up for the event. Helped me stand out and I had a blast with it. My 2hr monkey jumped on my back around mile 10 and sure enough, I hit the same wall I always hit at mile 10 and missed out on breaking 2hrs. Oh well . . . Pace was consistent and another PR :) evem from Feb’s race . . . I WILL get that monkey off my back soon enough!!! More travels after this race only this time it wasn’t warm and sunny Cali . . . instead cold and snowy Ohio!
April: I was planning on running the Palmetto Half Marathon with the TriAugusta crew but decided to drop this race. Between traveling every three weeks for work, my LCL acting up after Augusta half marathon and feeling fatigued; my body needed a rest. I knew if I raced I would push myself and I wanted to turn my focus to Rev3 Knoxville 70.3 that was coming up in May. No travels, no races
Speaking of Rev3 Knoxville . . . Perseverance is all I have to say about that!!! Really not sure how to describe that day . . . It was a physically and mentally tough day! An epic race and unforgettable Birthday (race day was my bday – Happy Birthday to me )
Rev3 Knoxville: leading up to the race I was feeling confident in my fitness and kicking off my tri season with a 70.3. The race however tested me beyond my limits.
Highlights: Water was 59 degrees race morning; it was 52 degrees out and pouring down rain. I was nervous about the swim b/c I freaked out at the practice swim with how cold the water was (I’ve never swam in water that cold … and a huge thank you to Chris, my teammate Elizabeth’s husband, for helping me through it). I owe my Rev3 teammates Kate and Laura for giving me a good laugh before the start of the race and getting “Call Me Maybe” stuck in my head haha (I will remember the words next time Laura)!!!
The Race: Rev3 Knoxville half was not only a day of physical endurance but mental toughness pushing through a very cold 1.2 mile swim, a wet/chilling 56 mile bike and a rainy 13.1 mile run. Weather conditions were not the best but it was still a FUN day. One Word: Perseverance!
The Swim took 45 min ; with the rain I had a hard time sighting and the water was freezing. I was a Popsicle coming out of the water. My feet were frozen which made for a painful walk to T1 – I started to cry at one point.
The Bike was a whole new experience. My legs were so cold, I had no power. I actually stopped at one point to make sure nothing was wrong with my bike. Not even 10 miles into the bike course I was struggling and wanted it to be over. I decided to embrace the hilly course and go for it on the descents. Fearless on the bike and knowing how to handle my bike, thanks to Crit racing/training, I trucked into aero position and flew down the hills. I figured if fate had it for me to not finish the race I would fall and it wouldn’t hurt b/c I was numb ha – not the best way to look at things but I wanted off the bike. As miserable as I was, I kept a positive attitude! A guy who I played leap frog with thanked me a little over half way through the course for lifting his spirits with my positive outlook on it. He said I kept him from quitting and was his new best Friend (which made my day) … SO if my blog gets passed around the web and Charlie reads this – I hope you had a strong finish and CONGRATS on enduring a tough day!!! Rock Star!! ! … At mile 42 I started a climb and all I have to say about that portion of the bike is – I cried. I had nothing left to climb that hill with. I couldn’t stand and my legs felt so heavy, I was frozen. Nutrition was off b/c I was soooo cold and numb I had a hard time getting my gels and remembering to drink. 3.5hrs later going into T2 I about crashed, I was shaking and numb – I had a hard time unclipping. Thankfully I didn’t fall though. In transition my hands were numb so taking off my helmet and putting my running shoes on was a struggle. I couldn’t think straight, I put back on my wet socks from the bike and almost put my helmet back on instead of my visor lol. Finally got it all together and started out for the run with a little encouragement from my Rev3 Teammates who were in Transition picking up their gear! Thanks Beason and Summer!!!
The Run was something else. The course started to flood (there was one part flooded on the run course where the water came up right above my knees coming back in from the course). The run felt more like an adventure race minus the fire and obstacles they have. I had fun with it, Momma Bear (Carole) caught me at mile 5 and saved my race with sugar due to the lack of nutrition I had on the bike, I was fading fast. Met a guy around mile 8 and stuck together until close to the end. We joked/talked, jumped around in the puddles and took it for what it was, having fun with it .
Rev3 Knoxville was a struggle for me both mentally and physically . . . It wasn’t my best performance nor my strongest but it’s not how well you perform – it’s your attitude on the course. I stayed positive for those around me and to life my spirit. I had fun – I sang and danced in the rain and met some great people. I FINISHED strong and with a smile . . . That is ALL that counts
LOVE MY REV3 FAMILY/TEAM AND HAD A FABULOUS BDAY WEEKEND IN KNOX WTIH THEM!!! <3
Next race on the schedule is the Bolder Boulder 10k followed by Rev3 Williamsburg 70.3!!! In between – two weeks of traveling from Colorado to Ohio to Texas … let the adventures continue
On a side note . . . in one week my promotion finally kicks in and I start my new position!!! Excited and nervous about it but looking forward to a new chapter in my career!!!
Ta ta for now …