Quick funny today...
|Nope.. never reviewed this stuff|
I was looking at my Blog Stats and these were some of the Key Search Words that people used to find my blog:
* Chicken fajitas+texas longhorn
* Does bucees accept lone star ebt
* Brain doesn't know
* Getting squirreled
The last one is my favorite, because I can't believe someone actually searched for that... I thought I coined the term. Apparently they're not finding me by searching triathlon or anything tri-related! I wonder what goes through their mind when they find my blog(!)
A big congratulations to Mandy at Caratunk Girl and Jon at SwimCycloRun for amazing finishes yesterday at Ironman Lake Placid! I
Thanks to Jason at CookTrainEatRace for inducting me into the B-Hall of Fame. I am very honored and humbled to be part of your inaugural class!
I was the recipient of my own online medallion - that is actually pretty cool, despite the fact that my teeth look freakishly weird.
Humor me.. what are the funny search words used to find your blog??
Woo hoo! Here's the tentative road map for our USA Triathlon Nationals trip.
So far, we're planning on:
- Touring Graceland
- Going to the Louisville Slugger store
- Seeing Niagara Falls
- Compete at Nationals
- Step our toes across the Maine border (so we can say we went there too)
- Possibly see Fenway Park
- Spend a day in Washington DC
- Beach day in Virginia Beach
- Pirate Excursion in Myrtle Beach
(Click for a larger version of the map)
But, what else? We'll be driving through a lot of states and would like to add some destinations to see. Lighthouses? Plantations? I don't know. I'm a CA girl and definitely not East Coast savvy. Definitely concerned about visiting bigger cities and dealing with traffic/ parking, etc.
It will be my mom, daughter (3 years old) and me. So, activities have to be active-toddler friendly. Casino's, museums, any place you have to be quiet or requires a lot of walking... are pretty much out. I'll be shipping my bike back to TX from VT, so we won't have it on the back of the car at that point, thank goodness.
Our entire trip will take about 2 weeks. We won't always have full days to sightsee, but if there's places we shouldn't miss, please let me know!!
(P.S. My mom and I went to NYC two years ago, so we'll bypass there this time)
|Finisher's Medal & 2nd Place AG|
They spoiled us with schwag for this race! A tech tee, running socks, a running hat, logo'd swim cap & a backpack! All with the very fun Disco logo.
The alarm went off at 4:30am and I'll have to admit, I just wanted to stay in bed. I did a quick check of the weather.... Awesome! 88 degrees. No amount of rain dancing was going to change our 20- day 100+ degree weather streak. We were in for a very hot, very humid race. Welcome to racing in Texas!
I've been looking forward to this race for awhile, because a) the atmosphere is fun and b) several of my friends were racing, which makes any event that I do. I picked up my mom and we made it to the Lake Ray Roberts up in Denton by about 5:45am.
|"I'm not sure who was sweatier- us or him. I was not|
putting my arm around him"
I found Jason and we all hung out together until the race started. There were three distances for this race. A sprint, Olympic and an X-50, which is a hybrid race that falls between an Olympic and a 1/2 Ironman (and coincidently is a total of 50 miles.)
|Jason & Me - Getting ready to |
head to the swim start
The start of the race was pretty much a cluster. First, we can't see the three distance buoys. Apparently, the race directors decided to just have the X-50 & Olympic distance racers swim the same distance- so, ours ended up a couple hundred meters long. And, the water was at least 87/88 degrees. It felt like bath water.
|My awesome mom!|
|Me, Michelle & Marcy|
|The Brian Loncar Team posing with Aquaphor samples!|
After about mile 2, I started to feel much better and was able to get into a rhythm. It was a two-loop run and thankfully much of it was shaded.
What I learned from this race/ racing in the heat:
- Tinted goggles made a huge difference for me, because we were swimming into the sun. I raced with clear ones last year at this same race and had a hard time spotting. Know your swim course!
- Carry more water on the bike than you think you'll need. I went through one water bottle before I was even 5 miles in.
- Eat more pre-race, because I do not tolerate racing/ eating in the heat. I just can't stomach eating anything. This happened at IMTX and this race. Lesson learned.
I have a lot of hard work to do in the next few weeks. Hope you have a good one! :)
I sucked it up and tried out my first Sufferfest
workout, "Fight Club" on the bike trainer.
Here's the description:
The Fight Club workout was designed to build power over longer durations, while increasing leg-speed through 23 (!) unannounced ‘attacks’ that will challenge you to accelerate and then recover while still making a massive effort. And to make you wish you never heard of The Sufferfest. But we won’t take that personally.
The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results, right?
So, instead of just wishing to be faster and stronger, I pushed myself, changed out my sweat-drenched towel and went at it some more.
Would I recommend these?
Absolutely! IronTexasMommy will be back for a lot more!
This Morning- Sweatfest:
Met my "mentor" for an early morning track workout focused on drills and speed drills. 400m sprint / 200m recover.
Over and Over again. (Did I mention we have a forecast of over 100 for the entire week + humidity?)
My idea of a sprint is about 100m.. tops. Once.
It didn't help that part of the group running with us was a couple of high school kids that were tall and lanky and ran like gazelle's. All-State track champions.... or something like that.
Them: 4-minute mile pace
Me: I think they just lapped me and we're only supposed to go around once
Oh well, I know I have work to do. Transitioning from long and steady to fast and controlled is going to take a lot of work. Stride, high knees, quick arms... I've got quite a bit of fixin' to do (as they say in Texas).
Hope you're all having a great training week!
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|Team Aquaphor 2011|
My first venture back into racing was the Mansfield Sprint Tri on June 19. I signed up on a whim because I was kind of hoping it would just kick my tail into gear to get back to consistent training.
It wasn't my best race, but I took 1st in my Age Group and was the 4th Female Overall. I'll take it. Unfortunately, I over-compensated for my injured leg and ended up straining a muscle in my calf in the other leg. Uggh! More rest.
|Blake, Me & Michelle|
Blake did the swim, Michelle did the bike and I did the run. Talk about pressure. The run was only 2 miles, but it was painful 2 miles! You're full out sprinting the entire way. I started out in 3rd position, got passed by a guy like I was standing still (where the heck did he come from? I am NOT going down in 4th position) and then was able to overtake the girl that originally started the run in the 1st place position. I left my lungs somewhere on the course after the first mile, but kept going. Overall, it was a fun tri. It was my first relay attempt and would definitely do it again.
My next race is this weekend at the Disco Triathlon in Denton. This race is just about as fun as the name sounds. Disco music, people wearing gold chains and afros, and a 70's band rocking out at the finish. I have several friends doing this one, including Michelle, Marcy, Jason & Allison. Plus, I'm looking forward to being able to represent Team Aquaphor!
Next up after Disco is the USAT Age Group National Championships. Can't wait to post about this trip soon! It is going to be an amazing road trip!
In future racing news.... I've officially been challenged by BigDaddyDiesel to compete against his blog team "Team USA" as part of the awesome bloggers "Country of Texas" team (including Jason, Allison & Jeff) at the American Triple T in Ohio in 2013. I had never heard of this race, but the minute I read about it, I was ready to sign up.
Three days of tri events!
Friday: Super Sprint Tri
Saturday Morning: Olympic Tri
Saturday Afternoon: Olympic Tri
Sunday Morning: Half Iron Tri
That just has AWESOME written all over it! Add that to getting to race with my blog friends would make it a weekend to remember!
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