Photo Credit: Kemah Triathlon Drone

Kemah Triathlon [Olympic] Race Report

Kemah Triathlon was a great day for Dustin and I… to say I didn’t need a good race was an understatement! I had a terrible race in Puerto Rico and I ended 2014 with a less than impressive race at 5150 Galveston so this was an actual reflection of my training and hard work!

Swim: Dustin and I were assigned to the same boat, The Colonel, a paddle-wheel boat. So we got to the race site early (we live 2 minutes down the road) to make sure we got a good spot on the boat because I wanted to jump off early. I get sea sick pretty easily anymore so the goal was to keep me looking inside the boat until I had to jump! I was starting to feel it before we were getting off the boat so thank goodness I got off when I did [nobody wants to be that girl chumming]. Once you jumped off, you headed to shore. Boueys on the right and a drone occasionally overhead. The water was high 60s, low 70s and relatively calm for the bay. Wetsuit legal but I opted for my Aquasphere swim skin… I just feel more comfortable in it. We got to shore and had a line to get out, the water is pretty shallow for around the last 25 yards or so. The ramp wasn’t too slick and they had cleaned off the algae that was there the week before [so thankful for that]. 1.08 miles in 47.24.7 [boats shifted which is pretty normal with any current] – the swim’s getting better.

Photo Credit: Kemah Triathlon Drone
Photo Credit: Kemah Triathlon Drone

T1: I ran the block and a half, decided no glasses and headed out. I wish people would stay to the right if they were going to walk their bikes… I make up a lot of time in transitions so I tend to sound a little bitchy when yelling on your left or get out of the way… sorry, I’m not sorry. 3:03.2 – rank 1 out of all Athenas.

Bike: I felt good on the bike the whole time. I was rolling strong down 146 and when I hit the second bridge my entire bike froze up… I think something got caught somewhere. When I stopped, I couldn’t find it but I adjusted the brake pad just a bit and then caught everyone a second time that passed me while I was stopped… it was flat and fast and I will say that the wind cooperated for the most part. On the way back into Kemah, there was a slight headwind (which is unusual) but you couldn’t really notice it. The roads were wet but not really slick and we did get a little bit of rain out there. My Garmin said I averaged 17.4, official race time said I averaged 17.0. That’s an improvement over the sprint last year, I’ll take it!

T2: Got in, adjusted my hair, put my SBR Sports visor on, Newton’s on and took off… I figured since my stuff was already in a puddle, it didn’t much matter how neat everything was. 2:02.1. 1st Athena out. I wasn’t happy with this transition, I need to do better in T2.

Run: It was awesome towards the end! I started out tight and it took a while for me to get comfortable in my breathing… this past week I was told I have Exercise Induced Asthma so I’ve been given an inhaler to use. It took me 3 miles to get my breathing under control but I was happy to be running in the 13s… the second loop though was A-MAZ-ING! I just kept getting more and more comfortable! Maybe it was the rain, the downpour, or maybe the thunder inspired me. I found my pace and when I saw Dustin about a mile and a half in on the loop, I said passing him with a smile “12:20s!!” I couldn’t believe it! I just kept picking up the pace and ended averaging 12:51… I’ve been fighting with my run for what seems like ever and I finally found a happy pace!

Overall: 3:39.48… a PR post knee injury and an almost PR from pre knee injury! I’ll have it this fall! 😉 2nd place Athena 39 & under.

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Puerto Rico, Tequila, and Coaching – How This Match Came To Be

Dustin and I have been kicking around coaching options for a while. We’ve discussed many issues/typical questions a person or tri couple may have. Is this the right move for us? Is it financially affordable for us? What are our long term goals and will that coach be able to get us there? How will this affect our relationship (Dustin’s been my coach for a while now and it comes with its difficulties)?

In Puerto Rico, we were there to really do a check on our current plan in preparation for Ironman Texas. I had a completely shit-astic race. I mean it couldn’t have gone worse for me – it was the mirror’ed opposite of the training I had put in to that point. I had GI issues starting on mile 40 of the bike and was only able to take in a few pretzels and a half banana on the run… I was wiped out [my race report is coming later this week, promise]. The only thing I was happy about was the fact I had beautiful views and the people and tri clubs of San Juan were A-MAZ-ING!

After the race, we went and met up with AJ Baucco and his family. We ended up talking about our shit-astic races a bit [some may have had a worse day than others] and my fueling plan (that obviously didn’t go to plan). The next day, over tequila shots at dinner with our krewe, we started talking about coaching [I know tequila and conversation about coaching = match]. It was pretty general conversation and I found myself trying to sell myself as an athlete/client [I’m blaming the tequila and margaritas]. The conversation kind of died off about that but it was a good conversation and got us thinking a little more.

IMG_0711After we got back and settled on the mainland, Dustin and I had a decently serious conversation about this. Dustin’s known AJ for a while now and he likes him and respects him as an athlete [after spending a day and a half with them together, I realized they’re a lot alike]. I need someone to coach me who I won’t talk back to because lets face it, some relationships are better when your not being coached by the person who lives with you. Also, Dustin and I are realists here – we’re using a pretty general plan from Endurance Planner that we used a couple years ago and it’s working, just not specific to either of us or our current fitness levels, so could we do better? Definitely.

I e-mailed AJ. Dustin and I kicked it around and at first, we were thinking we couldn’t make it work but basically, when there’s a will, there’s a way… we made it happen [because that’s what we do]. We are officially excited to announce that we are ready to take it to the next level with AJ Baucco Coaching [and we’re starting today]! We know that this is the right ‘fit’ for us and we’re excited about what 2015 has in store for us and especially how the next 6 weeks will look as we get into the final push for Ironman Texas!

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