>QOTD

August 28, 2010 § 1 Comment

>Some inspiration for those doing IM Louisville tomorrow. Good luck, race hard, have fun 🙂

“You’re not going to make it if you don’t have a passion for it. You’ll find a time in a race when you’re off form and running 10th or 12th place. If you’re doing it for cash and not for love, a negative thought will go through your head and it will kill you, destroy you, and you’ll never get back. It’s particularly cruical in the Ironman, where there are six times in every race you enter a dark place of doubt and must have that passion to overcome.” –Brett Sutton remembering his words to Chrissie Wellington in 2007 in 17 Hours to Glory

>I say, You say, we all say Luray.

August 18, 2010 § Leave a comment

>This past weekend I kicked off my traithlon season with a double header – the Luray International Triathlon on Saturday, and the Luray Sprint on Sunday. In 2008 I did the olympic distance and knew that I would like to come back and try the double. Friday afternoon I headed down to Luray with a couple friends to stay in the “Hilltop Hideaway” house that was rented for the weekend (pics to come soon). Seeing as the weather wasn’t the greatest most of the weekend, I was glad not to have us all stuffed into a hotel room the entire time. Instead we got to watch a lot of movies, play with sweet toys, and sleep in bunk beds!

Anyway, back to the race. Going into it, I felt pretty good. Despite having only my road bike to race on right now, I figured my bike and my run would be solid, and my swim would be what it was….probably not that good, but it’d get me there. The first tri of the season is always a ltitle nerve racking, but before I knew it I was in the water, swimming my little arms off. I came out just over 28 minutes, which comparitively ended up being a very good time for me. I hopped on my bike and took off, hoping to gain some ground on the girls ahead. While I did catch a few of them, a strong headwing on an already tough course gave me a run for my money. By the time I hit the run, my legs were spent. Although, I didn’t know it until after the first lap. Having friends out on the course certainly helped as I was struggling to get through the second loop. But, I made it and came through in 2:44. 

Wait.

What?

I did a 2:34 here 2 years ago, and I am in better shape right now! A little bummed, I have since perused the results and have concluded that the hard bike this weekend took its toll on everyones bike and run. And, the swim was a different course than 2 years ago. So really, no room for comparison. Especially considering the winning women’s time this year was a 2:36 (I ended up in 7th).

After a solid mexican feast, we headed back to the cabin to relax. Before I knew it I was waking up again though, this time for the sprint (whew). I was the only one of the crew doing the double, and I was pretty thankful to have friends out there rooting for me, especially in the pouring rain that Sunday brought us. By the time the race actually started though it was mostly dry. My swim felt strong, and getting onto the bike I was almost tentative after the “disappointment” I felt like I had the day before. But I just put my head down and got through it, ready to see where I stood when I was on the run. Surprisingly, I wasn’t too far behind the leader. However, in that span of a couple minutes was about 6 other girls. My legs were feeling the effects of a week of training and a race the day before, and I came through the line in 1:36, ending up in 12th place overall.

Overall, it was a good start to my season. Unfortunately, the way things work out my next race is the big one. But this isn’t the time to start doubting myself. In the next couple weeks I’ll finalize my plan for either a new bike or turning my road bike into something race-worthy. Hopefully that will let my mind rest a little more and allow me to get in the last 2 big weeks of training.

>Making plans and being awesome

August 10, 2010 § 1 Comment

>So as much as it stinks to have to plan races out months (or a year!) in advance, it actually is for the best because it does allow for the time to prepare for the events. So, this month I have begun to peice together my 2011 race schedule. Not to be ignored, of course, are the 3 big races I still have coming up this year – IM Wisconsin, Mt Masochist 50, and Hellgate 100K. Originally I had planned to “race” MMTR and Hellgate hard, going for broke in each of these. However, about a month ago, I got a crazy idea. I began itching for another 100 miler in the plans. Then when I really got thinking, I was reminded of an offer my friend Ryan Schmidt had thrown out when he moved to Hawaii with his family – that they would be out there if I wanted to come run the HURT 100 to help.

Now, HURT falls into it’s own little category in the 100 milers: Hard. The course record for the women is set by a certain woman who has won the race the past 2 years, and also won Western States this year in 19 hours. Her time on the HURT course is just over 24. That means this course is tough. Still don’t believe me? Take a look at this picture, showing what the course is famous for – the roots!

Oh, and there’s the 24,935 feet of climb and 24,935 feet of descending to deal with.

But, this race is also well known for being an amazing weekend to take part in. The “hawaiian spirit” is in full force, and from what I can tell, the runners all become family for the weekend.  So, this past weekend I found out that I had indeed been accepted (via lottery) into HURT. That means MMTR and Hellgate will still be in the works, but will be training weekends with long runs the next day. One thing is for sure – to be successful in Hawaii, I have to learn to be on my feet for a long time. I am certain that I will be running through the night, and want to be coherent when I get to see the beautiful sunrise the second day of running.

HURT comes at a weird time (Mid January) so this will be the first year I train fully through winter and don’t take December off. But, I plan to take February easy, then in March start easing into training again to prepare for Eagleman in June. Then maybe a few of the favorite summer tris, and then I’ll switch back to ultras, and look for a mid-to-late fall 100.

Looks like I’ll be a busy girl for awhile 🙂

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