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Rev3 Williamsburg Olympic Race Report

It’s been a struggle the past few weeks with injuries so I was rather scared (see also: petrified, anxious, nervous as hell) of what would happen during this race. Up until the Saturday before the race, my ankle was still rather swollen and all of my runs were awkward and felt bad. I bought myself an ankle brace from CVS that seemed to work pretty well for fitting in my shoe and not inhibiting movement too much. So, for race day I was just going to try.

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Bike is all racked and ready for the morning

 

My coach had originally told me to do the aquabike and then go on a short run afterwards but I decided to not listen and go for it (turns out it actually wasn’t a completely stupid idea). My plan of attack for the race was go all out on the swim and bike and then see what I could handle for the run, after all if pushed it for the first 2 parts than I could in theory walk/shuffle the 6.2 mile run and hopefully finish in a decent amount of time.

This was my first time doing this specific race as last year this race was branded as a Challenge race and had a different course. Other than the fact that this race was located in a completely different area of Williamsburg than last year, the bike was also longer (okay by only 2 more miles but still…. longer)

So where does that put me? Let’s take a look

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Sunrise over transition

Swim: 29:15

Honestly, for the time that I got on the swim it felt awful. I didn’t feel like I was going fast at all despite the current that was very much apparent. It also didn’t help that someone earlier in the race got tangled in a turn buoy and pulled it loose causing the rouge buoy to go floating off randomly. Sighting on a moving target is not as fun or easy as you might think. I came out of the water rather disappointed with my swim performance but didn’t even bother looking at my watch to see what the time was. Overall my swim was 10 minutes faster than my swim last year but I’m going to chalk that up to water current (and maybe only slightly a little bit of faster swimming by me).

T1: 3:14

Okay so my T1 time seems to be getting better. Last year it took me 5+ minutes for this transition, which could be because of the long ass run from the water to transition, but this year I didn’t run at all from the water to my bike due to my ankle being wonky and I wasn’t wearing a brace.

On to the bike!

Bike: 1:52.29

I am actually quite happy with my bike. Despite the fact that I felt like I was SOOOOOO behind because I never saw that many people, I felt like I pushed it hard (at least for me). I even passed a few people (for me this is a big deal). This was my first race with my TT bike so that was a lot of fun as well. The only disappointing part was that something in the way I was sitting on my saddle caused my ass to hurt in a way I’d never felt before. More on that later. My bike at least years race was 2 minutes faster however it was also 2 miles shorter. I’ll take it.

T2: 3:17

Looking at my T2 times for most of my races, this is fairly consistent of a time. It was faster than last years T2 time and I even had to spend some time this go around putting on my ankle brace.

And on to the run we go

Run: 1:41.05

Well as I stated earlier, my plan was to push it on the bike and the swim and see what I could do with the run. And well, the run sucked. Honestly, I walked most of it with a few spurts of running here and there. I really thought my ankle was going to make this run super difficult but it did a lot better than I had thought. Now, it definitely hurt and running was so uncomfortable, but I managed. Here is the fun part…. I did this run faster than last year. And last year I “tried” running more. Last year was also like 800 degrees warmer than this year but still, I literally walked for most of this part of the course and I finished faster than last year. I’ve been working on keeping my ankle happy lately and it’s feeling better so I am excited to see what I can do for the run soon.

Total Time: 4:09.33

Yes, I am really damn slow. I know it. I have done races faster than this but here are a few positives.

  1. I actually finished the race
  2. I finished this course FASTER than I did last year
  3. I finished the race on a 2 week old injury that is only getting better and therefore I am getting faster.

So all in all, I am not entirely disappointed in this race. Seeing as my original plan was just to see if I could make it through the course, I am happy that I finished.

Thank you Rev3 Triathlon for an amazing race experience! Not only did you treat me well but you also treated the DC Tri Club well (and let’s be honest, that matters a lot to me). It was a great race experience and I definitely will be back next year.

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The medal

What next? We’ve got 9 weeks till Augusta 70.3 and a whole lot of miles between now and then. Thankfully I think I can do this and am going to kick my own butt getting ready.

Onward.

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Workout Wednesday

Okay so I may or may not have totally skipped the last two weeks worth of Wednesday workout recaps…. Whoopsies. Truth be told, I haven’t even touched this blog since July 1st. Whoops again. In my defense I had a lot going on including recovering from a super sprained ankle, finishing my capstone for my master’s degree, oh and there was a race in there too (more on all of these later). So now, let’s look at what workouts were like this past week.

RECOVERY WEEK! Probably not much point of even writing this post but… oh well.

Monday: Scheduled rest day and post race rest day.

Tuesday: 20 mins super easy swim to flush things out.  

Wednesday: 45 minutes easy on the bike aka catching up on my Stargate SG-1 binge watching on Hulu

Thursday: Easy 2 mile run. Good news is that my ankle feels better and better every time I run. Still rocking the ankle brace this week though.

Friday: Rest Day

Saturday: I had to go up to Northern Maryland for the DC Tri Club Board retreat so I got in my 60 minute easy bike ride on the trainer before I headed up to the Fort Ritchie area.

Sunday: Had to be back up at Fort Ritchie rather early so got up super early to get my run in. 4 miles and no ankle pain at all! (also, I didn’t wear my brace which was great)

So what do the next few weeks look like in terms of 70.3 training? Lots and lots and lots of miles. Coming up this weekend is a 40 mile bike ride which may not seem like much but it’ll be the longest I’ve ever been on a bike.

Onward!

 


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Wanderlust (Part 2)

Back in 2012 I wrote a post about traveling and all the places I wanted to visit. Well, that specific blog doesn’t exist any more but the post I wrote still does (in my Dropbox folder, but still). So why am I bringing this up? First off, I managed to cross off much of the list from 4 years ago and secondly, I of course want to add more to this list.

I have been very fortunate to travel to some really cool places over the years and hope I am just as lucky in the future. I am very lucky to have been able to go as many places as I have.

Here are some destinations on my bucket list (and yes I divided them up domestically and internationally):

International

Ireland/Scotland/Wales: I got to visit Scotland in November 2015 but wasn’t able to make it over to Ireland or Wales. Soon though.

Italy: This has been on my list for YEARS. I would like to see Rome, Milan, Florence, Venice, and Nice.

Russia: My grandmother went to Russia and I saw the pictures when I was very young and have wanted to go take those exact same pictures every since.

Spain/Portugal: I don’t have a really good reason other than I just really want to go.

South Africa: Do I really need any other reasoning?

New Zealand: I’ve already been to Australia but I hear NZ is amazing. Who’s up for a 15-hour plane ride from CA?

 

Domestic (turns out I’ve crossed off a lot on this list since 2012)

Chicago: I visited Chicago back in 2014. I will definitely be going back soon.

Denver/Boulder: Ragnar Colorado 2013.

Seattle: Ragnar Northwest Passage 2014 and Hood to Coast 2014.

San Francisco: Haven’t been to California since… 1995?

Savannah: Went to a wedding in 2013.

Nashville: Have been twice since this post was initially written.

Austin: Ragnar Austin 2016

New places to go?

Montana/Wyoming/Idaho: Let’s go to some national parks!

Santa Fe

So now that you know where my next bazillion trips are going to be, who wants to go with me? Any Takers?