|Apparently this is a Texas State Highway shield|
Kind of Cool to find this pic.
Ok, not so much! But, wow! This makes it real.
I'll leave an image of it up on the right hand side for easy reference as the day gets closer. :)
4:09 PM | | 10 Comments
I don't know this guy. But, congratulations. And, hopefully in 23 days, I'll have my own video to post! Rock on age-groupers! :)
3:31 PM | | 0 Comments
You can throw in the towel,
or you can use it to wipe the sweat off of your face."
11:13 AM | | 8 Comments
I'm starting to hyperventilate about Ironman Texas.
Not because of the training.
Not because of the fact I'm going to be going powering my body through 140.6 miles in crazy Texas heat and humidity.
Because, reports are coming in that there are snakes, freaking everywhere. I won't even post a picture of one, because I HATE them so much. I don't even buy anything that has a snakeskin print on it. If one shows up on TV, the channel is changed.
Here's a couple of quotes from the Beginner Triathlete thread:
"I usually see dead snakes on the course, but yesterday I almost ran over 3 live ones. Two just scared me, but the third scared the **** out of me and I almost broke my cleat trying to get my leg away from it. It jumped back, but it was a coral snake and I know they have some serious venom. "
"I saw 3 snakes on my run today. One was dead, one was alive and small, and the other was about a 2 foot long moccasin and I did not get close enough to see if it was alive. "
I will be situating myself in the middle and will take what beatings may come, because if I see a freaking snake in the water, I'm likely to lose it.
Need.. a... brown paper bag...NOW!
5:08 PM | | 16 Comments
If you can find one of these costumes and head out for a run, more power to you!
I'll be on a sugar high from having too many Peeps!
3:16 PM | | 5 Comments
While many of my fellow IMTX'ers- in training have already surpassed this mark, I've taken a very conservative approach on the bike, since it is one that I don't have a whole lot of experience in.
In other words, I've trusted my training. I've gradually built my base and have added hill training to the mix for strength, even if it meant not exceeding the distance.
|Dreary day for a ride|
But, on Wednesday, I set my course for an epic 112-mile ride.
I was supposed to ride on Friday, but the weather forecast in D/FW showed thunderstorms in store from Thursday- Monday, so I switched my day for riding. Unfortunately this meant I wasn't going to get to ride with my good friend, Marcy- who is also training for IMTX.
|Check out the wind via the flag.|
It's a 5-mile loop with no scenery that blasts you with insane wind regardless of which direction you're riding. This day was no exception. Except that it was drizzling and overcast when I started, too. Forecast said 72. It was more like 65. So dreary.
|Bring it IMTX!|
I finished the 112.5 miles tired, but not exhausted. There was more in me, which is encouraging.
Ironman Texas - I am coming for you! 29 days.
5:17 PM | | 15 Comments
- Well organized
- Close parking
- Good cause
- Great aid stations with helpful and enthusiastic volunteers! The Cow mascot from Chick Fil-A was even out there!
- 90% of the course was on the roughest, chip seal/ patch job roads you could ever find.
- The hills kept coming and coming and coming.
5,600 feet of climbing - in Texas!! (Seriously?)
- 90% of the course was on the roughest, chip seal/ patch job roads you could ever find.
It was the most beat-down, cry-inducing, cussing like a sailor ride I have ever done. Never again would be an understatement. The roads were so jarring and unforgiving. Everything, I mean everything on my body hurt.
I learned after the ride that it had just about as much climbing as Ironman Coer d'alene in less distance. Overall, though it made the IMTX course seem like a cupcake ride, so for that I am grateful.
On Sunday, I laid in bed contemplating my long run. My mind ran through every excuse in the book after the ride the day before not to get up and go. It took me almost an hour and a half, but then a comment my friend, Jason had told awhile ago ran through my head.
And with that, I got up and ran. I ran for 16 miles and it was fantastic. I didn't hurt, I felt strong and relaxed. I am going to have to stop listening to my whiny mind more often.
It was 90 degrees out with 20mph winds.
Sweat fest! Talk about acclimating by fire!
I'm taking tomorrow off of work to get a 115-mile ride in. And, I'm doing it all at the Texas Motor Speedway. 23 mind-numbing loops on my own while constantly fighting with the wind and watching scenery that doesn't change. Good times.
I was supposed to ride on Friday with my friend, Marcy out at the beautiful Trinity Trail in Fort Worth, but severe thunderstorms with possible tornadoes are heading our way, so I don't want to chance it. Although a tornado might make for an awesome tailwind! ;)
Hope you have a fantastic training week!
5:18 PM | | 9 Comments
Bet you didn't see this one coming....it's a Friday Shout Out!
Two of my favorite bloggers are running the Glass City Half Marathon this weekend in Toledo, Ohio.
The elusive Big Daddy Diesel is finally going to be outed from anonynimity in his FIRST Half Marathon! So, excited for him!
And, Colleen at Iron Diva will be racing her first race of the season! She's going to rock that course!
Sorry I can't be there physically to dazzle you with my leaping abilities, but please know that some weirdo in Texas is cheering you on!
Normally these photos are taken outside, but holy moly, the winds are gusting upwards of 40mph today! One jump and I could end up in the next county.
5:10 PM | | 5 Comments
I've decided that IMTX deserves a new running hat. What do you think?
Hat #3 (Afterall, it is Ironman Texas, Ya'all!)
10:04 AM | | 12 Comments
She is racer #947 and I will be officially stalking her when I return from my long bike on Saturday! I have no doubt that she will rock this course. I had the pleasure of meeting Allison back in January at the Bold in the Cold 15k in Grapevine Texas.
Click here to see a cute picture of Allison, Jason and me- freezing our tails off!
I stepped this one up a notch from my sign for Jason. I'm even impressed at my leaping ability! Although after 10 years in gymnastics, you'd think my toes would have been pointed. Anyway, sorry for the bare feet, but I decided it would be best to take off my heels to attempt this.
Thank you to my Web Manager, Blake, who graciously captured this on the first take!
6:24 AM | | 7 Comments
Here's how it went down.
I was minding my own business running my normal 6.2 mile course at lunch, when at about mile 3, a squirrel jumped out on the road ahead of me. It's a country road, so I didn't think much of it.
He continued running just ahead of me for a little while and I was thinking, "Awww.. how cute."
Then- with just about a couple hundred yards separating us, he stopped. Turned around and stared me down. His competition. He taunted me like Usain Bolt in the Olympics. Then he about-faced 180 degrees and took off running like a shot, leaving me - his unworthy running companion in the dust.
All I have to say is, "Fine. You're faster than me on the run. But, let's see how you do with the swim and the bike ahead of it, you fluffy little speedster."
2011 Memorial Hermann Ironman Lonestar 70.3 - Galveston, TX
Pace the Race!
That was my mantra for this race. Race day marked exactly 40 days until Ironman Texas. The 70.3 was not my "A" race of the season, so really racing this event was not an option for me. It was to be just a "long training day."
|Checking in my bike- wristband checked|
As, I told Jason at CookTrainEatRace, I apparently got my money out of the race last year- but I'm also telling you this, because crazy improvement is possible! Holy cow! An hour in a year- I would have fallen over laughing if you told me that was possible last year. I was happy with my finish last year. I finished! I had a smile on my face when I was done and then I decided to drink the Kool-Aid and go for an IM. I went into this race with no expectations (ok, maybe some secret ones), but I had no idea that I was going to drop that much time off my race and not even "race" it!
|The cute sign my mom made! :)|
My mom was my support team for this race (and has been at almost every one of my marathons, tri's, etc) so she was with me all morning, which is always great. She keeps me calm and we pretty much talk about everything, but triathlons! I was also able to call and talk to my little girl and she wished me "Good luck running, mama"- she's 2 1/2 and I was missing her like crazy, so I was so happy to talk to her!
Pre-race fueling was a little difficult. My swim wave was second to last. We didn't leave the dock until 8:35am. That's about an hour and a half later than when most races start, so I was getting hungry before I could even begin my normal pre-race feuling. I didn't want to start too early and then be starving during the swim or eat too much. I stuck to my Oatmeal Raisin Clif Bar and a banana.
|Jellyfish? Wetsuit burn? I don't know.|
It freaking hurts!
|Finish Line Set-Up|
12:40 AM | | 17 Comments
|Me, Jeff (Dangle the Carrot) & Marcy|
I had an amazing time down in the Woodlands. The bike course is beautiful. There is a section that goes through the Sam Houston Forest ... it's a tree-lined path of Heaven. The run course is awesome and the lake looks ... not so bad.
On my drive down to the Woodlands, I quickly realized that there was not a plethora of options for a decent meal. Mostly fast food. It wasn't until when I realized that half the box of wheat thins had disappeared that I closed up the box and tossed it into the back of the car so that I couldn't reach it! Those things are wickedly addicting.
I needed to get some gas and then the magical beaver sign appeared.... BUC-EES! I had never stopped at a Buc-ees, but I had heard some good things about it... had to get fuel anyway, so I pulled in. It's a gas station mecca with a convenience store the size of WalMart.
They have an amazingly-huge deli section, in which you order your sandwiches on a touch-screen computer. Anyway, so completely unexpected. And, the sandwich? I had a turkey with avocado on a wheat roll. It was awesome! I (Heart) Buc-ees! I didn't get any Beaver Nuggets- which are some seasoned nuts (bwahaha... I said nuts!) but, I did get some of the Honey Roasted Almonds and they were fabulous!
So, anyway- after my love fest at Buce-ees, I got to my hotel, joined the Team Endurance Nation folks for a once-around on the IMTX run course, showered and then met up with my friends, Marcy, her husband Steve, their friend, Scott, Jeff from Dangle the Carrot, his wife Annie and another friend Erin and her boyfriend for dinner at The Grotto-Houston. This place was fantastic! Great atmosphere and the food was amazing. I can't even begin to tell you how badly I wanted a glass of wine, but I was a good girl and stuck with water. I highly recommend the Tomato-basil soup. Mmmmm.... Anyway, what was so awesome, was that while most of us had just met for the first time- it was like we had known eachother for so much longer. Such great people! And, Jeff and I had at least a 20 minute conversation about Buc-ees- apparently he loves it as much as I do!
After dinner, it was early to bed for the ride the next morning. Thankfully Marcy was smart enough to double-check the meeting place and it turns out we/ I had the wrong Target for the meet-up. They were able to find the right one on their GPS. Crisis averted. As soon as we finished, I took a quick shower back at the hotel and then I was on my way back home ... after another stop at Buc-ees, of course! :)
IRONMAN LONESTAR 70.3
I just spent the last 45 minutes cleaning my bike chain. I didn't realize how gunky (is that a word) that it had gotten from the ride last week. I did a quick clean job after I got home, but it needed some more help.
I am not happy about having to leave my daughter for the weekend- twice in a row. It's breaking my heart and is going to be tough on me mentally. Carting a 2 1/2 year old in the car for a 14-hour round trip drive, staying in a hotel and dealing with the heat and humidity for such a quick trip didn't seem like much fun for her.
Back to the race. My mantra is going to be "This is NOT my A race. Pace the Race." I was looking back on my numbers from last year - which were far from impressive (I trained to finish... and have fun), so now I'm thinking .. well, I could drop that number here, and should be able to go faster there.... Uggh. I have to give that up! And focus on making this a long training day. As lucrative as it is to push hard and show some great progress (which regardless, I'm sure I will) - I can't afford to affect my upcoming training. So, this is basically a taper week and then the build continues next week.
So, the race starts at 7am.. My wave starts at 8:45am. Yep, you read that right! Nearly 2 hours after the pros leave, I'll be getting on my way. I'm the in second to last wave. And, I'll be sporting a Day Glow Orange swim cap. Awesome! Perhaps the girls in my wave can start the YMCA song before we get in the water.
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73F-75F temps, 17mph SSE winds with gusts up to 23mph, very cloudy skies (95% cloud cover), and 90-100% Humidity. 20% chance of rain after 12pm so it may be a rainy run
Not that the rain matters, since we'll be drenched in sweat from the humidity. More Awesomeness!
Actually, I'm ok with it, since it will be great training weather for IMTX. Bring it on! I am so ready for this! :)
I really, really, really need to get to bed now! Have a fabulous weekend!
11:23 PM | | 6 Comments