Saturday, July 28, 2012

Racing in Racine 70.3

Loved that Lake Michigan water :)


My "A" race was here in no time and it went pretty well- other than the heat.  I brought Miki with me for support. Patty and I picked up our packets and got everything taken care of on Friday. On Saturday we went for a practice swim and a run. Later in the day we walked to and from transition with Miki for the pre-race meeting. Transition was pretty far from the hotel- about 2 miles so Miki was pooped. Poor thing could barely keep his eyes open after that.  



Oh! I also got to meet Craig Alexander... he just happened to be chillin at the holiday inn (sorry, had to) when Patty and I got back from our run. And no, we aren't THAT short, he is just SO tall!


Back to the race....I had a blast. I loved swimming in the cold, clean Michigan water. I somehow managed to stay insanely hydrated during the whole race and forced myself eat every 30-40 minutes. Doing this kept me feeling strong on the bike and into the run, but the heat (107 DEGREES!) got to me quick. The run was definitely my toughest leg of the race. I placed 8th out of the 75 women in my age group (25-29) with a time of  5:18.


Patty got 1st in her age group qualifying her for the Ironman World Championships in Las Vegas this fall! I am thrilled for her! We celebrated our finishes with some beers at the "freaky Tiki" and called it a successful weekend. As soon as I returned home I had to pack and get ready for my trip to Colorado, which I will have a post about soon! Take care!
-Em



Monday, July 9, 2012

This weekend was the Rodney T Miller triathlon in Decatur. I borrowed Dave's wheels and aero helmet again (what a sweetie pie). Patty and I loaded up the bikes in the dark and headed to the race. I especially like this triathlon for a couple reasons. 
This race takes place in the town I went to college at- Good old Millikin University :) I often see a lot of familiar faces at it. This year I got to run into one of my old friends Stacey. She and I became friends instantly my freshman year. We were both art majors and often ran together when it wasn't swimming season. We also ended up becoming sorority sisters my sophomore year :) 
I also enjoy this race because it has a particularly long swim in relation to the bike an run. The race is in honor of Rodney T Miller who happened to be a swimmer- which is why the swimmers have been given an advantage at this race. The distances are .75 mile swim, 19 mile bike, 4.5 mile run. 
This race also has an elite wave, bringing in some professional triathletes! Last year I entered in the elite wave on a whim and placed 4th out of the 4 of us who were in it. Considering I didn't get my butt kicked that bad by the pros last year, and because the top 3 elites win money, I decided to sign up for the elite wave again this year.  This year I placed 4th again out of 5 elites. The 3 girls who beat me are pros, so again I didn't take it too hard :) And my times improved by a lot! But someone please help me with my transitions!! Ugh!




2011 Times
StatisticsTimePlace After
Event
Event
Rank
Swim:21:24.52323
T1:00:51.51943
Bike:55:06.12540
T2:00:37.72236
Run:34:32.12230
Overall:01:52:31.9
Age Group:

2012 Times 
StatisticsTimePlace After
Event
Event
Rank
Swim:20:02.899
T1:00:51.01043
Bike:52:37.11328
T2:00:53.01465
Run:32:11.71627
Overall:01:46:35.6
Age Group:


It was fun being in 3rd place for most of the race because I felt pretty important. Maybe next year I can make it to the podium :) Patty did well for herself placing 2nd in her age group! 

Time for a taper week as Patty and I head to Racine 70.3 this FRIDAY!!! Say your prayers for us!
-Em

Friday, July 6, 2012

Yay For JULY!

I've been working real hard at summer lately, can you tell? It takes me a good couple weeks to get used to my schedule of early workouts, naps, working in the evening, and then playing :)


This week was been fun leading up the the 4th. I had some friends over for the Rock the Dock fireworks on the lake Friday night (one of my favorite things about Summer). And now we are into July... the best month of all! Lots of things are happening this month like fireworks, Racine 70.3, My trip to Denver, and of course my birthday :)



Another thing I love about the summer is the local farmers market downtown. I try to go every Wednesday and pick up fresh produce. Check out this yummy spinach salad I made with cucumbers and beets from the farmers market!


I topped it off with hemp seeds and the new Daiya "jack style wedges"! Pretty good stuff!  :)
Hope you all are staying cool! Sheesh.
-Em