1.2mi swim, 56mi bike, 13.1mi run
Triathlon Racing 101
Set a realistic goal.
With a hammie injury going as far back as October, where running just made it worse, I didn't have much to work with once bike racing season was over for me. I decided to jumpstart my tri season earlier this year, so I set a realistic goal and gradually dove right in. Fortunately, with a healthy hammie. Shortest run, 3 miles. Longest run, 10 miles…once. At the end of the day, I was very pleased with my performance given the circumstances. My lack of training aside, out of the three events that were going on, Boulder was the most stacked. Plus, racing in the Phillipines or Michigan vs Boulder…c'mon!
When you spend months and months training for bike racing, you kind of forget that you have a TT bike. I think those few rides on my trusty steed were pretty helpful. Yup, my bum was feeling it about 30 miles in.
I always have the simplest form of pizza and pasta 1-2 days before race day…and lots of it. One of my worst fears while racing is bonking…when you've exhausted your glycogen stores. Thankfully, I love to eat. It's one of my finest talents. Below is a picture of pizza dough hanging on the wall at Fiocchi's Pizzeria…I wasn't able to get a good picture of the kid playing voodoo with it.
It happens to athletes whether they want to admit it or not…they miss a buoy and end up getting off course. It has happened to me, resulting in an eventual DQ, so I asked a reliable person to confirm the turns before the start. Just ask the current World Champ, Leanda Cave. No big deal.
Because you *just* might find yourself in their shoes one day. Before this weekend, I never thought I'd purchase or wear a pair of Crocs. To be honest, I always thought they looked kinda goofy and made fun of anyone who wore them. They saved my day, weekend, and most importantly, my feet. And, I think they look pretty snazzy.
Long story short, I had a new pair of racing shoes that were great on my feet except for one thing. When they would get wet, they would make obnoxious squishy noises with every step. So, I decided to use an old pair that I had lying around. Clearly, that was a big mistake. My new, new pair is on its way…#zoot
No matter how big your blisters get, no matter how much it hurts when they break with 3-4 miles to go, stay focused on your task because your day is easy compared to some...
If you aren't having fun, why are you doing it?
I never get a chance to just hang out after a race. Usually, I'll pack up my stuff and go home. Thanks to my friends Ashlee and Monica, I was able to enjoy some of the scenery in Downtown Boulder.
This is Millie. Before I met her, I always had a thing against cats because they can be so impersonal and standoffish. I swear, Millie is not a cat. She likes to cuddle and she won't leave your side. Woof…meow.
Make sure your body fully recovers from the race, both mentally and physically, before you attack your next hard training block. Thanks to Ashlee and Monica, I was able to tend to my feet for safe travels back home; thanks to these bandages, I'm ready to run today!
Natural pain relievers!