Presque Isle sprint tri recap

Well I am happy to report that my first tri in 5 years went surprisingly well last weekend.

Im not going to lie.  I was pretty nervous.  And excited.  But mainly nervous.  Especially about the swim!

However, the swim caps they gave us for the race were PINK.  YAAAAAAAY.

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A pink swim cap always means it is going to be a good day!

Sooo here is a little insight into my triathlon history.  I did the first one in 2002 (I think) and did several races a year for the next few years.  When I started out I was NOT a good swimmer.  Like, I was embarrassingly awful.  In my second race  I posted the 2nd slowest swim time out of about 400 people.  Over time I improved, and eventually the swim became my best leg.

But then I started grad school and swimming took a backseat.  Then I moved to Pittsburgh and had no where to swim, so there was a three year drought (pun intended) in my swimming.  Ive been in and out of the pool a few times here in Erie, but still nothing consistent except for the past month.  And even then Ive only been in the pool once or twice a week, and my longest swim was 1300 yds…pocket change for serious swimmer.

So basically, when I was standing on the boat ramp on Saturday getting ready for the swim, I felt like I had been transported back in time several years to when I just wanted to cry before the start of every race because I was so scared of the swimming.

But that all changed when the race started.  I wouldn’t say that the swim was necessarily FUN, but it wasn’t as dreadful as I had imagined.  The water was much choppier than I would have liked, and the algae was out of control.

My time wasn’t bad, 14:14 for .35 miles.  That is actually a pretty slow time, but with the waves I still did pretty good compared to other women.  The good news it was a lot faster than I thought it would be, so I was pumped to get on the bike.

The bike was fun.  The course was just one giant loop around Presque Isle, and it is FLAT and FAST.  I don’t have much endurance, but considering it was only 13 miles I decided to get into aero and just go.  I was in a later swim wave so I just tried to pass as many women as I could.  I finished the bike in 37:05, the second fastest in my age group.

The worst part of the race was definitely the run.  I remembered that it really, really, REALLY sucks to run after a bike ride.  What I forgot though was just how bad it sucked.  I felt like I was crawling through sand for the first mile or so.  I definitely wanted to walk, but kept trudging along.  I don’t know for sure when I started to loosen up because there were no mile markers.  Eventually I felt like I could run, and finished the 3.5 mile run in 28:20, or third in my age group.    Not the fastest time ever, but considering my lack of bike training and length of the race in general I was pretty happy.

The best part of the race was that I had FUN.  There is an energy in a triathlon that just doesn’t exist in running races.  Music in the transition area, athletes chatting and getting all of their stuff ready…and then the race. It is definitely the most fun I have had in a race in a long time.

The best part is I got to do it with friends 🙂

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And I finished the entire race in 1:22:19, which got me 2nd in my age group.  And this cool award!

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Normally I don’t really get too excited about placing in my age group in local race.  But I was pretty stoked about this considering my swim and bike training was less than ideal.  I guess Im excited because I hope it means that my overall fitness is in a good place, and that it means good things to come later this fall.  More importantly I felt like my head was in the game the whole race, and that I can replicate this in my half marathons and other races this fall.  But MOST importantly, I had fun.  I was so excited to be out there on a beautiful day enjoying physical activity.  Considering my struggles with injuries this winter, this is a great place to be.

Fingers crossed for the next few months!!!  Happy training!

Long time no blog

Ummm yeah.  Apparently Im struggling with the whole concept of blogging consistently.  So of course, it makes perfect sense that just as Im gearing up for the new academic year I suddenly get the itch to blog again.  I mean, really Annie?  Oh well, it is what it is.  And who knows, it might be another three months until I get motivated to post again.  Or maybe you will get lucky and it will be three days.  Or even better…three hours.  I just like to keep people on their toes.

So I will admit I know why there has been such a lapse in blogging for me.  I really dont know where I want to go with this.  I had a lot of thinking to do this summer, and I think I managed to put a lot of things in perspective for myself.  But at the end of the day, I like exercising and eating healthy.  And I like talking about it.  And I like writing. So, I will continue to blog about it…even if it is inconsistently at times.

But I figured I would do a little updates on my summer fitness activities and goals for the next few weeks/months.  Basically, my summer has been focused on getting back into running shape.

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I believe that last time I posted I was determined to work on shorter and faster races (5k and 10k).  Well somewhere along the line I started playing with the idea of training for a half marathon.  I was looking at some races around Niagra Falls, and then my friend informed me that some spots for the Wineglass half marathon were opening up.  I had already told her I would go to the race with her (what can I say, she bribed me by promising to go wine tasting), so I figured if I could snag a spot the next morning then I would just chalk it up to fate.  And wouldn’t you know it, I got a spot.

Aaaand then a week or two later, I suddenly decided it would be a good idea to do the sprint triathlon on Presque Isle at the end of this month.  Never mind that I hadn’t been on my road bike in FIVE YEARS.  And had barely been in the pool either.  But I went ahead and registered, and spent the past few weeks “training.”  And by training I mean swimming once or twice a week, and riding the exact bike course once a week.     Ill keep you in suspense about the results until another post since the race was Saturday (although Im well aware that 99% of the people reading this already know how the race went via talking to me or Facebook…but a girl can dream that somewhere in the deep, dark corners of the interwebs there is some reader on the edge of his/her seat waiting to hear about my little sprint tri).

Anyway, since things things tend to come in three’s, I decided to make another impulse registration for another half marathon.  I realized that I probably wouldn’t be in good enough shape to do as well as I want in time for Wineglass, and I have wanted to go back and run in Richmond for a long time now.  Oh, and I have some friends to catch up with in the area.  Yes, apparently knowing I have someone to drink wine with after destroying my body for 13.1 miles can lure me into whipping out my credit card for a registration fee.  I never claimed to be rational.  

So there is it.  I did the sprint tri last weekend, and am going to use Wineglass as a hard training run in October, and hopefully PR in Richmond in November.  That is if my IT band decides to cooperate through this whole ordeal.  Fingers crossed!!!  Lets just say Im pretty happy to be running again 🙂

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Well, I guess that is my fitness update for now.  Hopefully there will be more to come soon!