Sunday, June 2, 2013

When You Do a Triathlon With Little To No Training…

Sometimes it turns out alright.

Okay, so it’s not like I didn’t train AT ALL. I certainly over-trained for the run portion of this race, which was a 5K (since I have been marathon training for the past few months), but I was seriously undertrained for the bike and especially the swim. Today not drowning was pretty much the goal.

I woke up not really wanting to do this race. My eye was all crusted together with some sort of pink eye crap (which I am now sure I have given to everyone who swam anywhere near me) and I was doing that thing we do where we put pressure on ourselves to beat our time from the last time we did a race. Stupid overachieving.

I also had convinced my hypochondriac self that I had Hepatitis A. The antioxidant frozen berry blend I bought at Costco about a month ago got recalled because it was making people sick with Hep A. Oh, the irony that you buy organic antioxidants and end up with Hepatitis. Nice. I should just go back to eating McDonalds.

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If you bought this, stop eating it unless you want jaundice and pale stools.

I felt better once I set up my transition site and saw Scooby Do flexing. Everyone else brought really cool beach or special triathlon towels, but I prefer Scooby. It was so cold this morning that I worried coming off the swim I would need arm warmers, so I laid them out. Then, while waiting in line to start the swim some girl asked me how the hell I thought I was going to get those on when my arms were wet. Hmmm…triathlon idiot move. Needless to say, I didn’t attempt to use them.

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I waited in line for the bathroom knowing I needed to lighten my load. It always shocks me how loud and forceful some females are in the stall. I mean some little woman will go in the stall next to me and I could swear it was a burly 250 pound man taking a dump. Needless to say, one toilet got severely clogged and became unusable. And, no, it wasn’t me doing the clogging –not this time.

I had a pretty fast swim and first transition (for me). I hopped on my bike and promptly started to freeze my ass off. The 12 mile bike is 3 loops and 95 hills. I kept an okay pace, but my legs had that heavy feeling like they didn’t want to go. I guess I could still be recovering from my marathon two weeks ago, or maybe it’s lack of time spent on the bike. I figured the run was going to suck the big one. I averaged 18.5 mph on the bike – no too speedy but given the hills, but I’ll take it.

If you’ve ever done a tri, when you get off the bike and start running, your legs are like overdone noodles and it seems they won’t hold you up. After a mile or so I found my stride and felt pretty good. I finished in 1:17, over a minute faster than the last time I did this race.

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Ken had a strong race too.

I was surprised that I (and my pink eye) came in 2nd in the 45-49 age group. 14/111 women.

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Turns out the mayor of Longmont came in first in his age group (60-64). Stud.

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Had to fit in some photo ops with the Heidster. She was very impressed with my trophy and wanted to get a closer look (or just lick it until it fell apart).

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I am not at all sure why I’m holding her paw near my crotch.

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Overall a fun morning. I think I did okay because of 1) Scooby Do and 2) my pre-race cleansing (even if I did not clog the toilet).

Did you race this weekend? Where and how did it go?

Do you have a good luck charm (special socks, etc) or some superstition when you race?

SUAR

48 comments:

  1. Ohhh I LOVE that trophy!!!! Congrats!!!
    I raced today. Did a 15km and I snagged 2nd place Masters female. Love being over 40! I am a freak when it comes to race numbers. I add up all the numbers on my bib and then reduce them to a single digit. If it's a 3, 7 or 9 then I automatically assume I'm going to have a great race. Although I blew that theory out of the water today - my bib number was 190 - 1+9=10, then 1+0=1. So much for that superstition, ha ha.

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    1. There is actually a name for what you do with numbers...it's in the mental illness category...no kidding. Here's proof that racing really can drive us crazy lol!!!

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    2. I have done this my entire life. Enjoy your mental illness. :) You could look at it as 1x9=9 9+0=9 so you had a great race because of that.

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  2. Great race & recap!

    Good call on the arm warmers... That would have killed your transition time. You'd have ended up looking like you had a fabric cancer growing out of your arm where it bunched up. Sexy!

    Sarah
    www.thinfluenced.com

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  3. Hey I am in the same AG as your mayor.
    Currently training for a 70.3 (my sixth I think???) and am going into it TRAINED!

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  4. Great job! And congrats! I had to skip my 5k yesterday per my coach. Damn shin splint pain after taking SIX MONTHS off to try to fix it. It didn't work. Ah well!

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  5. Awesome! I'm totally inspired to add triathlon to my to do list now! Great job!

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  6. Congrats!! Holy cow, you killed it.

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  7. That dog just looks like so much fun!

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  8. Congrats# LOVE the Scooby towel!

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  9. There's a vaccine for that! Hep A...

    Congrats on a great outcome!!

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  10. Oh, I have a question! I've never done a tri--I hate to swim. But after looking at your Scooby set up, I was wondering if people ever mess up other participants stuff. Or worse, does anyone go "shopping" and steal other peoples' equipment? Do you see how I think the worst of people?! How bad is that?

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    1. Good question...my experience has been there's an unwritten code about keeping your hands to yourself in the transition area. I've never had anybody take any of my stuff or touch it (on purpose at least) - or maybe they did (like run around with my helmet on and put my sunglasses in the toilet), but I never knew about it.Even at the really big races, it's not been an issue - so far.

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  11. Did my first triathlon in 20 years! It was so much fun. I came in last place-- the other last place lady and I ran/walked the last mile together. Not bad for 45 years old and 80 lbs overweight. I've recently lost 25, and I love all this exercise. My overall time was 1:36 for the sprint tri. Thanks for the inspiration and humor you have provided to me ever since I first crapped myself last fall while doing couch to5k. I came home and googled how to not crap yourself while running and your blog came up! (ps--no poop issues today at the tri, yeah!!)

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  12. Congrats, that's a great time! TMI warning - OMG, I thought I was only one who clogs toilets! Feel better knowing I'm not, but won't help my DH who has to deal w/it.

    Having Heidi envy, she's so adorable and sweet!

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  13. So hepatitis A makes you faster. Who knew???

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    1. Yes! I wish I would have had it for my marathon.

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  14. That is great! You should frame that sweet picture with the trophy & the Heidster!

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  15. Lmao! I usually tri with a Harry Potter towel & today my husband rocked a Clifford the big red dog towel for an Oly distance! I too ran a marathon 2 weeks ago & did a Du today (because I don't have a wetsuit & water temp was around 60) & I am just thrilled that I finished with my new clipless peddles, in the rain, without any bike training & no falling! As the kids say 'FTW'!

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  16. I raced! I did my second sprint triathlon yesterday. Glad you were not racing here - you would have smoked me... Congrats on placing!

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  17. Major congrats on your triathlon! That is my next goal (after the half marathon)
    I didn't race this weekend, unless racing my shadow counts ;)
    I have a pair of purple lucky race socks

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  18. Congrats!! Have you thought about doing an Olympic distance Tri? I haven't done one yet. I'm doing a spirit tri on my bday in August. Totally stoked, but I really need to train for the swim.
    I did the Susan G. Komen 5k this morning! I got 8th overall, I am very happy about that. Even got a PR.

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    1. Nice job on your 5K! Yes, I did an Olympic last year and a half ironman the year before that. I like the longer distance tris too.

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  20. I’m a very weak swimmer and haven’t regularly ridden a bike in almost 10 years so I can’t see me doing a tri any time soon. But then again, a year ago I would’ve laughed at the idea of running a whole mile, and now I’m about to sign up for my first marathon so…Maybe I should bike down to the beach this summer and get my ass in the water. It sounds like a good time and I can’t imagine that it wouldn’t improve my running. Nice job out there. Happy Monday.

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  21. Great job!!! I also did a sprint tri yesterday on close to zero training - ran the NJ marathon four weeks ago and have felt pretty unmotivated ever since. Had exactly one outdoor bike ride on Memorial Day and did a practice swim (first swim since Sept!) on Fri evening - ended up about two min slower than last year when I actually trained for the race...did it sans watch and it was really enjoyable!

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  22. I've never done a tri but it's on my bucket list. Can you talk a bit about your tri "attire"?

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    1. This tri kit was from a place called Tri Bella - a group in Denver, I usually race in a kit like this one and keep it on for the swim, bike and run. For the run I have a race belt with my number on it that I put on after the bike. Ken bought me a tri suit for Christmas, so I might use that at my next race. I don't like to add or take off clothes during the race (except a wetsuit). Takes too much time.

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  23. No race this weekend. In two weeks I'll be doing a half, which I don't think I'm ready for, but I'll do it b/c I want to.
    I always carry one of my dad's cloth hankies with me when I race - a cleaned and ironed one, of course. He was the kind of man that used only cloth hankies, which is such an old-fashioned, classy kind of thing. Even though he's gone now and never saw me run a race, I feel like he's there with me cheering me on.

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  24. Congratulations, you did great! Hope the pink eye clears up quickly.

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  25. You rock! Do you know how hard people train to place in their age group at a TRI?? I love the Scooby towel - it's my kids favorite.
    I ran a 10K this weekend in the HEAT and held on for 2nd woman overall - woot woot!!! There was some puking at the finish. You would not have been happy...

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  26. Went to Leadville to do the Leadville Turquoise Lake Half! 10,200 feet is nothing to squak at. Felt like I was running on one lung. I must say quite beautiful venue and backdrop of the mountain ranges including Mt. Massive. It was 7 miles of road and 6 of single track train running through the woods around the gorgeous lake. I did this as part of a training run for trans Rockies. I highly recommend it!!!

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  27. Awesome! We went to cheer on the finishers at the first Ironman 70.3 in NC yesterday. The male/female winners were a husband and wife from Boulder, CO! Very cool to see these athletes and made me think of you and your accomplishment from a few years ago!

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  28. Nice time and placing for being so "undertrained"

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  29. I'm doing a triathlon this weekend that I haven't trained for! I haven't swum (swam??) or been on my road bike in at least a year, no kidding. And it is in Northern Florida which actually has some hills. Ugh. I am now going to go buy a Scooby Doo towel so I can feel the power too! :)

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  30. I do not have superstitious socks, but on the morning of a race, I eat a small bowl of cereal, but leave the last 2 bites. This has become slightly superstitious, but it all started because I really lose all interest in eating juuuust before that second to last bite. I can't even bring myself to shovel it into my mouth. And this is regardless of bowl size...I used to try portioning out just a little less cereal, but that didn't work, either. I STILL left the last two scoops behind. Now, even if the thought of those last two bites didn't make me nauseous, I think I'd have to leave them in the bowl, just because.

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    1. This is the funkiest comment I've ever been left and I really wonder what it says. Something tells me it's not about running or triathlons.

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  32. I used to hate running; I wanted to do triathlon because I love cycling and swimming. Started running because I figured I should at least try to train for that discipline. Turns out, logistically and financially running worked out a lot better than triathlon for me. So, ended up doing my first 50k this weekend up in Golden Gate Canyon State Park. So, if I'm ever able to get my act together to do a triathlon, I think I'm good to go for the run leg! :-)

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  33. Congratulations on your first Tri! It is an awesome feeling when u finish even if you have some trepidation leading up to it! I did my first one last summer and also came in 3rd in my age group (45 - 49) - I was totally shocked! LOL. It's all the little things you learn as you go...like having those "quick in/ out laces" in your shoes and trying to keep the insert from leeching out your shoe because your feet Are wet !! It is a real test of how you train for all three events that make you successful. I am sure you will do another one cause you got the "bug" (hopefully not the hepatitis one!)

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    1. Actually - this wasn't my first - I've done several tris over the past couple of years (probably 6 or 7?). Congrats on your first and placing 3rd!

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  34. First and foremost....it was a pleasure meeting you!* But I had to comment because I remember your post after the Athleta Tri last summer and how you wrote something about how sucky it was to get 4th place. That having been my first "real" triathlon I didn't really "get" what you were saying because blah, blah, blah, 4th place wasn't bad I thought. Fast forward to Sunday. I TOTALLY get it now. I came in a whopping 4th in my age group by about 43 seconds. The next person was 5 minutes after me. Let's see....I had only swam twice in the last 8 months....I tried putting sunblock on my face after the swim. EPIC fail as I had not dried my face off and I already had my helmet and glasses on. sunblock was a WASTE and probably took 20 seconds at least. I went around once on the bike and thought I was done. HA! Thankfully I asked (because I was an idiot and didn't already know!) and they said no THREE times so I turned around and got back on track! Then at the 2 mile mark on the run there was no one to be seen in front of me and I couldn't tell which way to go...right or left. There was no markings (that I saw)! I stopped for a brief moment and hoped I chose the "correct path..." And then I was sure I could have gone faster on the run, even though when I finished all in all I felt good about my event. UNTIL I SAW THE RESULTS. Yeah, so 4th place sucked. But that's only because "Comparison is the Thief of Joy". Right? Just had to share with you....now I TOTALLY get you. Congrats on your trophy. I'm jealous. ;-)

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    1. Great to meet you too. I'm so glad you introduced yourself!! Yes, I did the same thing - went back and looked at my splits and beat myself up for taking so much time during transitions. It's like if you had only known how close you were to third place, you might have done something slightly different!! Strong finish for you, regardless. And I bet next year you take at least third.

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  35. I thought I recognized you at the tri!!! I think I was starstruck ;) I even told my husband "Hey, I think that's the Shut Up and Run lady..." which got me a "Who?" and a "you're a weirdo" stare. Great job! I didn't come anywhere close to placing, but overall, I had so much fun and can't wait to do it again! Funny to read Christy's comment on the 2 mile mark - I was all by myself on the ditch trail and thought I went the wrong way... I almost turned around! Very happy I didn't - though I'm sure whoever was running behind me would have had a great story to tell...
    Hope to catch you again at another race (or on the roads/trails in town!)
    ~Erin

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  36. Nice to read this article this article is very informative for everyone. and great triathlon training programs :)

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