Sunfish Triathlon – RACE REPORT!!

Well, Friday’s drive to the race started off interesting… my bike rack strap broke and caused my bike to fall off the blazer… luckily we had the other bottom strap on and my bike sustained a lot of damage but we at least didn’t see it get ran over by the 16 wheeler following us at 70 mph!! We pulled over, the dark horse ended up in the back seat and Dustin’s remained on the one good set of straps. You know, I’ve been thinking for a while about getting a bike rack the loads from the wheels and this secured the deal. Thule’s bike rack was OK but the strap that broke shows no signs of dry rot and it’s been well cared for in the past 3 years I’ve owned it. I am absolutely heartbroken over my bike. I’ve been on the phone with the insurance company and luckily it’s covered on my renter’s insurance however, it’s still going to be costly. My race wheels were on it, yes my Zipp 404 Zedtech and Zipp dimpled disk were involved too… devastation. 😦

VMR arrived to Meridian, MS and instantly wreaked havoc on packet pick-up, checking into hotels, & Outback (thank goodness with 20 of us, Susan and Renee thought ahead and broke us up into the early arrivals and the later arrivals to get some grub and in my case, 3 beers to calm me down! Outback thanks you too, I’m sure! lol) After dinner and having a couple laughs with our group (which I needed), we headed back to the hotel for some rest. After all, we had an early morning the next day. Needless to say, the people in the room next to us were smoking weed and since I could smell it (and they had kids in their room), I called it in to the front desk. I will let the hotel remain nameless because the response I got was, “oh, okay, I’ll call them and let them know no illegal drugs”… all I could think was are you freaking kidding me???

Dustin and I woke up early the next morning and headed to the race. I set up my transition next to Dustin because we weren’t assigned spots. Did the pre-race iPod deal, bathroom, little socialization, then focused on the swim… I mean, I hadn’t swam in almost 2 months – Sunday was my first day in a pool and then it was the race the second time… there ya go. I swam a 13:57, considering no swim time, I was completely happy! T1 was a little slower than usual – 1:10. My bike plain out sucked! I averaged 14.7 in 1:08:39… I was battling keeping it straight the entire ride and we had had to leave my breaks open and we think someone may have seen them open and decided to close them which made resistance a bitch for me. When I finally got back from the hills, I had a 2:02 T2, I’d like to thank the yellow Felt that racked in my spot – JERK! That is one of my pet peeves… this happened to me in Key West last year. Show some courtesy please. So I wouldn’t ruin anyone elses transition, I found a spot on the outside fencing and leaned my bike up… I was made about the bike and this just sent me into extreme pissiness. Again, thank you to the yellow Felt that racked in my spot. If we would have had bike numbers, I would have turned their ass in for a penalty. The run was slow, it was hot, and at that point, I was doing what I needed to do to finish because I was feeling that the past 24 hours was bad and just going along for the run… average 13:57 minute/mile, for a 42:08 run… horrible 5k but whatever. I was super happy for my teammates that placed and had a good showing!!! (even though, I’m sure I showed my own frustrations, I’M SORRY FOR THAT!) I was proud of Dustin and his 3rd place in the Clydesdale 39 & under division.

VMR representing at Sunfish!! What a group! We took over!!

This race was worse for me than my first triathlon ever… I feel as though we never really know how something will affect on us on race day… certainly my bike played a huge factor on my mentality and I let the stuff I have no control over affect me. I decided on the ride home from Meridian that I had to shake it off and all would be taken care of some how. Sunday I was back out in the heat and ran 6 miles since I’m training for the Goofy Race & a Half Challenge… whatever I run Saturday, I double for Sunday.

Tonight my bike is going in for a quote… I guess I’ll be reporting soon how much damage I really have to look at… ugh. It’s like my Mom said the other day though, this is material and with some of the health issues my family (my Mom was diagnosed with breast cancer and has since had surgery and has been cleared, but a rough couple of months none the less) has been going through, this is small stuff.

How have you shaken off bothersome things before a race? Or did you?

Trying, no just say I’m DOING…

So this weekend I went down to New Orleans to help Dustin get everything back up to north Mississippi for the week… Stella had been down there for 2 weeks so we had the kennel, her and her dog food to bring up, in addition to Mylee and Apollo, clothes, bikes… you’re seeing the picture now.

When I got to NOLA on Friday, I found myself in an interesting conversation about trying vs. doing during happy hour at Superior Grill (best margaritas in town). I really don’t think about it when I say I’m going to try this or I’m going to do this. The conversation went onto if you say you’re going to try your also leaving the door open to fail whereas if you say you’re going to do, the only option is to succeed. Thinking about Ironman Texas, the only mentality I can have is to do… battling the south Texas heat, the humidity from hell, and what can only mean to me that I am going to do this thing! So Dustin and I continued to have a good time Friday night only to have to wake up at 4:30a Saturday morning to meet up with some Venom teammates and some of the Hard, Inc.’ers to ride on the north shore. It was a GREAT hilly ride! I think I’m adjusting to the hills and actually loving them – especially when I get to go down! lol. I think I need to work on my nutrition a bit in the heat… I had all Nuun and 2 GU gels on me (one regular and one Roctane) and I think when I do 2 bottles of Nuun and 2 bottles of Accelerade Hydro, it’s a better mix for me with the GU. Kind of felt sick after the ride but there could be so many factors playing into that! After we finished, we went straight to IHOP for some breakfast with Jonathan and Ashley Steudlein… it was delicious!

Sunday, Dustin and I packed up and headed back to Starkvegas – he’s up here for the week visiting and I couldn’t be happier! We headed straight to the pool… met up with Michael Lee (one of the MSU triathlete’s) and man it’s been a while for me. On the bright side, I’m getting my membership and won’t have any more excuses for not swimming but, I do miss open water swimming! I’ll get it this weekend at Sunfish Triathlon. We went to Piggly Wiggly afterwards for some groceries when I saw a yellow watermelon!! Dustin and I were both excited as we’ve been looking for one for almost a year (VMR, get ready, we’re bringing one down for the race this weekend!)… it’s delicious!

Mmmm, Mmmm, GOOD!

I was going out with Michael for a ride Monday morning, before the Tour started being televised again, and last minute, Dustin decided he was riding too. We were on new pavement and he just got done telling me about how tarry it is and how he always blows a tube… not 2 seconds later, he had a flat! So I rode ahead, late, and he’d taken off (I don’t blame him). Dustin caught up to me and took off… we rode about 20 and I could tell I wasn’t using my Fluid the way I typically do. 

Dustin decided to get my race wheels on (I bought them like 2 months ago and have been impatiently waiting to use them) while I napped. He adjusted my saddle for me and of course, I immediately put on a pair of shorts and headed out to scare the neighbors walking with my whoosh, whoosh, whoosh sound. I was amazed by the difference. For the first time in a while, my seat felt great and I could not believe what a difference my disk and 404 Zedtech makes… 
Ready to roll this weekend! 
Now onto a taper… the goal is to place in the Athena division this weekend at Sunfish. I’m ready for the hills… time to rep Venom and Mississippi State Triathlon! I’m going to DO THIS! Whoooo hoooo!