Not really a full recap, but more of a hey I’m still alive!!
This was my first tri of the season. It was a 500m swim, 9.7 mile bike, & 2.9 mile run. My stats were more along the lines of 768m swim, 9.64 mile bike, & 2.85 mile run. Mostly everyone I chatted with over-swam the swim. I don’t know if the swim was not marked correctly, or if we just all swim badly, but to swim 250m additional was a bit of a mess! I felt pretty good on the bike. It was an out and back course. Going out I averaged 15.8mph…I was really riding miss daisy. On the way back I averaged 18.7mph, but was riding 20mph at least half the time. The bike was nice! The run was your basic run, nothing to write home about. Overall I felt pretty good during this race, and it was nice to get back into the game leading up to Ironman AC 70.3 which is nearly a month away!
Started the day off with a nice 1800yd swim. Turns out when the pool is converted to short course (25) the measurements are in yards not meters; so my watch was set incorrectly. Still got in a mile though. 👍🏾 Hopefully Thursday the pool will be back to long course (50 meters.)
Finished off the day with an evening trainer ride. The bike is still my least favorite!
Tomorrow is Global Running Day. If you are a runner make sure you get out there and hit the pavement….even if it is only 1km!
My day started off with a nice 4 mile run at a comfy pace. I of course use my Garmin to track my activities, but have also also been using the charity miles app to log miles that turn into money for your charity of choice. It’s a pretty cool app that gives back and doesn’t cost anything to use; so definitely check it out if you have a chance.
Ive been running for Autism Speaks, and Wanderlust Fest sponsored my miles today. I start the app while I’m warming up, and keep it running through my cool down so I log a bit more miles than what is on my watch.
I Finished the day off with day two’s ab workout X 2, and 200 side bends for the obliques.
Yes I am way behind on my 2 a days. Long story short, woke up Thursday morning to swim couldn’t find my watch face. You see I have the quick release feature on my Garmin 920XT so that I can attach it to my bike. Spent the next 2 days looking for it to no avail. I know it’s in my house because it’s syncing with my phone but can’t find the darn thing. Gave up Friday and moved on with my life! I’m sure my 1 yr old has it in one of his hiding places and it’ll turn up eventually. Ordered the new Garmin 735XT yesterday, got it today, and now I’m playing with my new toy! It’s not red so I’m sad about that, but I’ll make some upgrades to it eventually.
Started this morning with a mile swim. It felt go and got the blood pumping. Had to breaks out the old Garmin Fenix 2 since the new watch hadn’t arrived yet.
Finished the day with an easy 11 mile cycle session.
I really hope my 920XT shows it’s pretty face soon. 😰
On Saturday I ran the UAE HK 10K in Central Park. When I was lined up in the corrals I turned to my friend and said I hope this isn’t the Scotland Run route; low and behold it was the Scotland Run route! This route is what I call the reverse run of Central Park. It is the absolute worse because you are constantly running up and down (mainly up hill). So it is very easy to poop yourself out, especially early on during the race. The race starts off with a steady incline, and as I’m running it I think what the heck is this! We run through the start, and the finish line is about 400 meters after the start line, so we run through the finish line at the beginning of the race. When I run this route I always wonder why they just don’t start and finish the race at the same point. Anywho I was off.
I kept a decent pace the first mile 9:50, and the exact thing that I mentioned above could happen did happen…I pooped myself out! As you can see from the elevation chart the start of the race was basically a steady increase in elevation. A quick downhill, then a steady climb during mile 2. The climb was really torturous because I remember once I got to the top I had a bit of a break on a straight away, then a decent, then here comes a whole other climb. It was just really nonstop. Once I reached the 5K mark I never thought I would see the end of that hill. I was so happy to get to the top and get a slight breather.
Me and Allison pre-race
On top of the constant climbing, it was unusually hot out for May in NYC. I was sweating almost immediately once the race started; like sweating so badly I was constantly wiping my forehead. Because I was so hot I made sure to hit every water station for hydration. One of the stations had gatorade so I grabbed two cups there, chugged them down, and kept it moving.
The rest of the race was pretty uneventful. I ran up on a guy and he was stomping so loudly, I tapped his shoulder and he looked at me and I said pick up your feet, we only have a mile to go! He looked at me with the “what the heck did you say face?” He takes out his headphones and I repeat myself and he picks up his feet and takes off. I caught back up to him about 200 meters later and just cruised by him. I think he was a bit tired at the point, but he was no longer dragging his feet. If you see a runner doing this…help em out! I finished the race in 1:06. My slowest time for a 10k in a long time, but I’m ok with that. I’m getting back into the groove of things, and I am bound to improve in the very near future.
Next weeks race…The Brooklyn Half!!
Is this lavender or lilac? I don’t know which one it was, but they smelled wonderful!
I finally got back on my bike this morning after a super long (I’m ashamed to say how long) hiatus. The bike is my least favorite part of triathlon but I am determined to improve on 2015’s lackluster performance at Ironman Eagleman. The first 15 minutes or so we’re slow going, but I think I got in my groove shortly after. I did 30 minutes to start today. I’ll increase to 45 on my next ride. My butt certainly does not miss the saddle! If you are a cyclist you know what I mean….ouch!
This evening I did a much needed ab workout. I’d like to work on strengthening my core and hope to build some definition in the process. I never work on my stomach out of pure laziness, but I’m turning over a new leaf. Cheers to abs!