Liz Glomb

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2017 Patriots International Triathlon Race Report

In my effort to get back to blogging, I figured I’d at least include one race report. I might go back and write race reports from races earlier in the summer but frankly, I’m not sure I really want to. We’ll see.

Going in to this race I had no expectations. My coach and I discussed my race plan, which was pretty much: Swim as hard as you can, bike as hard as you can, see what you can do with the run. I think I executed that race plan fairly successfully J

So… on to the race recap!

Swim: 39:19

I am a wimp when it comes to wearing my wet suit. I will flat out NOT wear my wetsuit if the water temp is 70 or above. I partially chose this race many months ago because I figured there was no way that the water temp could be below 70. Thankfully I was correct, water temp was 75 and was wetsuit legal. I of course opted to not wear my wetsuit.

So let’s talk about the actual swim. Boy was the water shallow. People were wading in water up to their thighs all the way to the first buoy. I tried to swim but I found it incredibly hard because my hands kept touching the bottom and everyone else was walking in water ahead of me. Other than the shallowness of the water, I think I handled the swim quite well. It was definitely not my best swim and halfway through the swim I honestly thought that I wasn’t going to come anywhere close to my goal of breaking 40 minutes. Well, to my surprise that shallow water came back to haunt us again after the last turn buoy. The last 100 meters of the swim were incredibly hard to actually swim so most of us (including me) just ended up trudging through the water. Good news, despite my swim fears, I broke 40 minutes.

T1: 4:22.1

Whyyyyyyyy did they have to include a ¼ mile run from the swim to transition?

Bike: 1:34.50

This bike. Amazing. The bike course was a combination of the Rev3 Williamsburg Olympic Course and the old Challenge Williamsburg bike course so it was very familiar. There were some rolling hills in the beginning and the end and then one “big hill” in the middle going over the Chickahominy River (this is the same bridge that bookends the Rev3 Williamsburg bike course), but otherwise it was mostly flat or at least “false flat.” My plan going into the bike was to just crank it and leave nothing on the course. I had SO MUCH FUN on this bike. For the first time in a long time I felt like I was flying. I looked at my Garmin a few times during the bike and saw some impressive numbers but felt like I was going to completely blow it if I kept looking. So I just went for it. Not only did I post my best Olympic Distance bike time EVER, I also averaged 14.8 mph which is significantly higher than any bike I’ve done this year. Yay me! So… on to T2 and the run.

T2: 2:45.8

Definitely not my fastest T2 time but I did need to get my legs together after the bike I just pounded out.

Run: 1:31:25

So my goal for the race was to go all out on the bike and then see how much time I had left for the run. My hope was to post a fast bike, which would ultimately give me more time to finish the run. When I came out of T2 I glanced at my watch to see exactly how much time I had to do this run. I can’t remember what the exact time was when I first glanced but after some quick math based on my run times from the rest of the season, I had a comfortable 15-minute window to finish under 4 hours. There’s not much to say about this run other than I loved the course. Some of the run was on a paved path, some of it was a dirt trail in the woods. There may have also been some running in a parking lot but it wasn’t that much. I do remember there being a ton of twists and turns and I thought that I was lost at one point as well.

On my way back to the finish line, all the 70.3 athletes were starting their runs. It was fun being able to not feel like I was the last one on the course due to those runners just starting their runs. I crossed the finish line was immediately elated because I KNEW I broke 4 hours, I just didn’t know by how much. My PR up until this point was 4:00.32 so I as hoping for any sort of PR. Imagine my surprise when I looked at my Garmin to determine my overall time.

TOTAL TIME: 3:52:42

For those of you counting, that is an 8 MINUTE PR! After the crap season I had this year and the lack of training, I had wanted to end the season on a good note and I did. SO HAPPY.21430164_10104587807933011_6550485996206883327_n.jpg

So that’s a wrap on the 2017 triathlon season. Even with all the bad races, I learned a bunch about myself so not all is lost. I look forward to the off-season where I can build my endurance and go into the 2018 season with a bang! And of course, thank you to the Virginia Maryland Triathlon Series (VTSMTS) for putting on a phenomenal race as always.

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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.



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Workout Wednesday

Well if you’ve been reading along, this week ended with a bang. Or rather with me hitting the pavement. How did the week fare before that doomed moment?

Monday: Scheduled rest day, which was much needed due to the massive migraine that was happening. Migraine ended up being sinus related, so that was fun.

Tuesday: Supposed to be a 1-hour trainer ride but had a massive migraine/sinus infection and felt awful. Ended up going to bed early and laying low. Sudafed was super helpful today.

Wednesday: I stayed home from work today, as I was still feeling less than stellar from the sinus infection. I was feeling better in the afternoon so I hit up the pool and got in my 1700m swim for the day. It went rather well.

Thursday: So many thunderstorms this week! Was going to do the trainer + 2 mile brick but due to the storms I decided I didn’t want to run in a thunderstorm so did the 1 hour trainer ride from Tuesday instead.

Friday: Scheduled rest day.

Saturday: Today was supposed to be an 8-mile run. I went tubing in the AM with my girlfriends and then was going to meet up with Megan later in the day to run a 5k in which I was then going to tack on some extra miles. Well… that definitely did not go according to plan. At. All.

Sunday: Forced rest day. My ankle is rather purple and swollen so definitely no running or biking at the moment.

So now we are in my forced rest week due to my sprain ankle. I guess I started my taper before Rev3 Williamsburg early? Here’s hoping the swelling goes down enough by the end of the week so that I can try biking.

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So Saturday started out like any other day. Woke up, ate breakfast, and got ready to go spend some quality outdoor time tubing on a river with my girlfriends. In the morning when I was getting ready, I get a text message from Megan asking if I wanted to join her to run a low-key 5k in Rockville that evening, Suds and Soles, put on by the Montgomery County Road Runners. It looked fun. Beer, running, low-key 5k, what more could a girl ask for? Well… a trip to urgent care wasn’t exactly on the agenda.

The race starts and it was fun. I mean, it was hot and I had issues breathing but I was surviving. I was even running a half-way decent pace, when we get to almost 1 mile in and then BAM! I am on the ground. Ouch.


After a quick assessment to make sure I wasn’t completely broken, I see that both knees are scraped up and my ankle hurts. One of the spectators was telling me she was going to call an ambulance to which I very quickly yelled “NO!” as I didn’t think it was necessary. A few minutes later, the trailing cop vehicle pulled up and we asked if I could catch a ride with him as it was abundantly clear that despite the fact that my ankle wasn’t feeling awful (yet), that I would definitely not be finishing this race.

So I hung out with the cop for the remainder of the race and he very kindly dropped me off at the medic tent at the finish. At the medic they patched up my knees and then took off my shoe. Let me tell you, that was probably not a good idea. It was then that we looked down and saw the golf ball sized knot that was sticking out the side of my ankle.


My ankle gets wrapped up and I get handed some ice and get told that I should probably go to the hospital or urgent care for x-rays just in case something was broken or torn. And we went. Thank you Megan for driving me 🙂

Well, the good news is that nothing is broken or torn. The range of motion in my ankle is fairly good, I just can’t point it very well. I can also put weight on it and walk. The doctor last night told me he didn’t want me in crutches since I was weight-bearing, so I get to rock this awesome air cast for the next few days.


So what does this mean for training? Well, currently I am not doing anything. Ice and elevation will be the key to recovery. The doctor last night said that this isn’t a really bad sprain so I should be out of the cast by the end of the week. What does this mean for the triathlon I have in 2 weeks? Well, if I can bike without pain by then I am not worried as I can just walk the 10k. I guess we’ll see.

Until then, my pull buoy and the pull will be my best friend.

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Wednesday Workout Recap

Another week gone by and another week of training done. This week was exceptionally warm and I was having trouble managing the heat. In fact, I’m going on hour 48 of a headache. Yes, this is going well.

Monday: Rest day… although I ended up staying awake till like 1am getting some work done.

Tuesday: Supposed to be a swim but ended up on the trainer for an hour instead.

Wednesday: Yup, this didn’t happen.

Thursday: Was supposed to swim here but storms got in the way.

Friday: Scheduled rest day. Was going to make up my missed workout earlier but that didn’t happen.

Saturday: 6 mile run followed by a 1700m swim later in the day. The swim wasn’t a part of my Saturday plan but I missed the swim earlier in the week due to Thunder.

Sunday: 130 minutes on the bike. Megan and I went out to Columbia, MD and biked the Iron Girl course and then added some additional time in. It was hot. It was miserable. And I ended up with a migraine that as of Tuesday at 1pm is still going rather strong.

So this week was pathetic. I did not do well with getting any of workouts in when they were planned. I’m going to try to get some of missed workouts in when I can and working on doing the workouts as scheduled.

Here’s to the next week!