9/26/2007

Race "report"

I have to finish an article for Tri-DC this weekend. So, I don't have time to write a lengthy & informative play-by-play race report.

Let me just say this:
1. Cramping during a race stinks. What's worse is when those cramps are only plagued by the female gender. No salt tablets or Gu can alleviate those.

2. I had wanted to cut my time from last year, but I thought it was funny that I got (almost exactly) the same time.

3. I didn't feel as burnt out after the race as I did last year. Two days after the race, I feel like I could jump back without any grumbling. This means more to me than my race time. Also, I felt as though I raced within my limits & didn't over exceed them (like last year).

4. I got 2nd place in the Athena category! My trophy is coming in the mail.

& here are some pictures:


Check out that hot bike!


Me on the run. I'm really grabbing a cup of water - not just looking like I'm sort of running/dancing.


*Phew* that was tiring.


Hurray! We did it!! The kids chalk-marked the finish line.

9/23/2007

General Smallwood

You're reading the blog of the 2nd place Athena of the 2007 General Smallwood Sprint Triathlon.


Hot damn.

9/21/2007

It's the little things that count.

Today turned into such an amazing day.

1. I discovered that I dropped two (count 'em 1-2) wetsuit sizes.
2. I have a shiny new robot that does my dishes for me.
3. My cats are happy.
4. I spoke with Rod about upcoming job possibilities over lunch.
5. I received alternate directions from Brian on how to get to the tri this weekend. Less stressful driving is the way to go!
6. I received free homemade lemonade.
7. I got a parking spot close to my apartment - good for lugging triathlon & camping gear downstairs for this weekend.

Did I mention that the triathlon is this weekend? Hurray!!

I feel awake, alive, & happy.

9/16/2007

Driven to tri?

Friend JC said, "Your blog name is a good one. Isn't it something like 'tri to run'?"

No, but given that JC has seen me run - "Try to Run" is pretty accurate. :)

9/09/2007

Whose got spirit?

Holy cow, the Annapolis triathlon started early this morning!



Swimming - my favorite. Go, ladies!!



Whose got spirit?! We do, we do!! We even sang a rousing version of Happy Birthday to Talia who celebrated her 21st by completing the Annapolis International Triathlon.



Jenny's dog. He's got a little separation anxiety. :)

9/06/2007

Swim practice (part 101)

It's never easy to rise at 430am for swim practice. Yet every time that I do, it's worth it.

Today, we raced during practice. We were counted off one through 9 until there were no more swimmers. We went to our respective new lanes, & then coach yelled "Group 1! GO!!" & Group 1 took off as fast as they could.

Man, oh, man. I was shocked with how much adrenaline I had pumping & how fast I went. (Though, I know that I flailed a lot in the beginning.)

I love swimming.

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Side note: I should attend the other speed workouts weekly as well. It would be worth it. If only I could get out of work on time....

9/04/2007

Keep it like a secret.

There's something highly enjoyable about the breakfasts after swim practice. It's almost like a secret part of the day. No one is really awake, no one has been awake for a while.

Yet I've been awake for a few hours already. Now, it's time to make a hearty meal on the stove. This is a million times better than the typical hurried breakfast of the workday. It's almost like a magical meal - it's that good.

9/02/2007

Heeding the advice on... um, HEED.

I tried Hammer Nutrition's HEED today. Honestly, I preferred the unflavored version to the lemon-lime. "Unflavored" felt more like water because it tasted like water. Therefore, it was easy to swallow/chug/slurp down on today's bike ride.

I think I've found my new favorite fluid replacement.

I drafted today. It was almost effortless to keep near 20-25 mph. When I lost the draft line, I had to work extremely hard to get it back. I know that I pushed myself to 27/28 mph just after I broke the draft line.

That's a helluva bike ride.

k.