|nytro women- all AG winners|
Do I trust my coach.....yes. But it is not easy. I am tired, sore, grumpy and putting in workouts that are very different to me. I had a workout Friday. Nailed the swim and was on fire, but had nothing on the bike - I could not come close to power he as looking for so I bailed on the intervals and just rode. I was contemplating not running 45 minutes as written due to the horrible bike, but I wanted to try - I was telling my self 20 minutes and when I die I can tell him SEE how tired I am. 10 minutes into the run, my stride was easy, feet felt light and I had a great 45 min run. Surprised- yes.
|Craig rocked it- fun racing with friends|
We (coach and I) discussed racing Sunday- it seemed like a great idea until I failed my Friday workout. Now I was signed up (but with insurance so I could cancel) He altered Saturday to 3 hour ez ride ( no intervals) and I felt ok as long as it was easy. I really did not want to race.. ( can I say really, really) but I wanted to test my new tri kit (which I LOVE thanks to Betty Designs for the cool design and Champion Systems for a super comfortable kit) , Aquasphere Phantom wetsuit and to go through transitions, race day prep etc. So I was IN. I had my old race wheels with heavy tires but bike was running well ( thank you Nytro ) and I did not feel like making it race ready- I took off the heavy stuff, taped on the Pit Stop (just in case) -
Superseal is interesting..they do a sprint first- so while I did not have to be there until 6:55am ( late for this sport) my wave did not go off until 8:45. Lots of time to watch nearly the entire sprint and hang out. Luckily there were a lot of my friends racing so we chatted, watched and the time passed quickly.
Swim - 1500 M in the shape of an R. I kid you not and after watching many go off course I was nervous. Not knowing if I would have feet to follow I studied, counted and watched. I still got confused, had to ask 2 times where to go- I felt great swimming and had a good swim but frustrating to keep stopping and worrying I was off course.
|AG wins + 1st and 2nd Amateurs|
Run- nervous about my foot, but I slipped on the Hoka's and off I went. No spring but were okay starting off. I dialed in 70.3 pace and thought I would see what happened in a a mile. So far so good, survived the soft sand and foot felt great. Picked it up for
Nutrition- again why we race. Using Ignite- tired 3x scoops of IN Carbs (180 calories) + Refresh Electrolytes in my bottle. 3 scoops is TOO much. It was too thick and racing while not feeling great it was hard to get down. So better today than in 2 weeks- need to keep it to 2 scoops. So I only had may 60 calories on the ride- and drank water only. Took an Ignite Gel right before the swim and that was awesome! During the run I struggled getting it open - settle down.... so I threw the gel and used the "energy drink" on the course which was surprisingly good. APX. I wish I had thrown a Bonk Breaker into my bag as back up- as i know I can always eat one- even when redlining. So again - this is why we race before we race :) I am still
Awards was fun....every category it seems like there was either Nytro, HERev, Zoot or TCSD so lots of cheering and fun. Coach had me riding 2 hours after the race but Riley called "native foods?" On my way... 1- quality family time with R trumps a 2 hours spin 2- not sure the extra 2 hours would make or break O'side. So enjoyed the afternoon and called it a weekend. Again every time I race I am reminded of the great friends I have made in this sport and every year there are new friends too :)
Consensus- "you are tired" Yes.... so taper begins. ease up, rest, still train with short intense intervals but need to shed the deep fatigue I have. Glad I have 2 weeks as well for my neck. I have a disk that is slipping out due to the bike bailout trying to avoid the truck 2 weeks ago and when it moves it causes neck pain + headache that starts dull and slowly gets deeper and deeper. So that is NOT fun. But surely I have time for that to heal up.