Sunday, July 05, 2009

Mid Summer Feelings...

WARNING.Any post that includes feelings, race reports, pictures and me sitting in front of 5 sets of taped Wimbledon finals is going to be long..

I wanted the title of the post to be this:

Roger, Minneman, Alaska, Wedding, Cabin, Physical Therapy ( job not for me, luckily), ....Ok you get the point. I am not feeling totally organized in my life and this translates to the posts that are a bit like word association games. Meaning "You say a word and I will talk for about 20 seconds until i take off on another tangent." Rich finds this quite challenging, my dad just doesnt try, and my mom and I are the WINNERS at this type of communication!

So I guess I am having mid-summer feelings angst and sadness...that it goes so fast. I mean really. I sure know that I have to keep smelling the roses and not worry about what is to come ( cold, dark, inside, windows closed..dark. did i say I like the sunlight? Even if i am not tanning. I like it) and as July 4th hits it is like a bookmark saying "you are half way done with the best book ever..when you reach labor day, you are really on the last chapter." Then all the weeknight TT's/BBQ's and full weekends and long rides and OW swims are done. Chlorine here i come. It just seems we have barely had 2 weeks of really nice/warm weather. So i really hope July and August and September, for that matter are nice!!

Race Report:

Yup, bag lady at 5:40 am heading to the T zone.
I usually am at the cabin but for a lot of reasons we stayed home. I posted some FB pics but here are some good ones..Minneman Race. Short. Sprint.

Pre-race: I get set up.. Rich says "ok it is 6am, now what do we do..go back to sleep?" thanks honey:) for putting up with my shenanigans. ( ie racing...:)!!) For the record i think it is harder watching than racing ! I also met a nice gal in T named Leah. She asked me what IM I HAD DONE. I was like "huh, why does she think i did an IM?" Oh bc I am a poser and have a neat green visor with that has the M dot thing on it. Nope. I am a poser. Sorry. She was thinking about doing IMoo in 2010 so we had a nice chat about that.

Swim: Short. Fun. Oh is it over so soon? shoot. Long run up and I was pooped bc it was SO Shallow that we had to run or hop out of the water for a good 100 yards. 1st out in my wave. I wish it were a longer swim, but I am really pleased that in the first 100 yards ( the swim was only 600) I was able to sight and get free. I got behind someone but eventually just pulled beside and past her bc I kept grabbing her legs. So it was time to pass. Teammate paula was right behind me I think.

this was funny bc it was soooo shallow that i dolphined and swam until i hit the bottom with my hands. Then when i stood up i kinda fell to the right into.. my new pink ( 3 min ahead of our orange cap wave) capped friend. I said "man this running stuff hurts!" she laughed...and then we both made it out.

T1: Other than the wetsuit dance it was fine. I was nervous about leaving my shoes in the pedals but JHull gave me courage to give it a try. I fumbled just a tiny bit but got em in and off I went!

Bike: I passed a ton of people ( I started in the 4th wave? 30-45yo females) and so it was a good focus builder to just pick off people. I was really going for the REDLINE from the gun and i think i did that in the bike as well. It was not very windy and it was pretty flat and i took the corners as hot as i could without endangering anyone. It was fun!

Heading OUT...
Heading IN...
Look coach, no shoes! Heading into T2. yup I was speeding.

T2: Boom I am in, did the cross dismount ( thanks to two guys in front of me. I just watched them and when they took their feet out. I did too. Copy cat. Yup.) but my running shoe insert got a bit bunched up so i had to dilly dally with that and then i was off to run.

Run: It was kinda raining but sunny so it seemed pretty humid. Goal was to run "harder than i thought i could.." and for the 1st mile i felt ok, like I was still passing people and when we hit mile 1 I sure thought it felt like a long mile. I kept passing people and when KY said "Julia, good pace...." It made me feel a bit better bc I really dont ever know how fast I am running. This isnt a bad thing but sometimes it is good to just settle in and relax and this helped me do this. But then I remembered that this was a 3 mile run. You dont SETTLE IN, do you?

At the turn around I decided to start to suck it up and dig in. I knew when I hit mile 2 it would be decision point. "Less than 8 min left ( ok less than 7 min) you CAN suffer that long." And so i did. I had something on my mind about then tho, so i had to block that out..another post later...

Finish: No it wasnt a RTYP, but really I dont usually do that. In hindsight I do think i could have run faster, but i dont know if i could have biked faster. 1st AG and 5th OA.

Verve had a great turnout. Paula, Sarah, Me and Angie. We had the best looking colors out there, for sure. And seriously for a bunch of bike racers to run HARD off the bike..( and um, we like to draft you know) is huge! We often find it silly to get on and off your bike at all while riding, really, unless you are doing a cross race. And certainly not to run anywhere other than to the nearest coffee shop. Good job ladies!

Fun fans, great volunteers, food for everyone including family and spectators, bad gnats, fun teammates, a great race that even has a novice division for newbies. I will do this one again!
Even tho i look like there is a crazy person next to me taking my picture...oh there is. I am holding up my new plastic jug thing that Jerry Mcneil told us "Wont kill us, like other plastics."
I then took a slug out of my "killer plastic water bottle" and felt ill.

Oh yea and there were alot of drawings. So funny story is that they drew numbers. I was 242. They drew 243, and nobody stepped up, so they went to "next closest number." ME! Yea I won 6 Total Immersion lessons at a $250 value...but no. Here is someone ( lady) with 244. Darn.

What to do?? Jerry Mcneil says "lets flip a coin.." Sure. I was looking at this gal and thinking to myself ...Just give it to her. You just won your swim wave, give it up, but...Rich wants to learn to swim better so i kinda did the selfish thing and didnt also want to piss her off with the "hey lady, I swam fast, you didnt, you need to work on it. take it." So we did Rock Paper Scissors.
NOW...If i didnt have nephews I would have no idea how to do this. I panicked. "what??"
And 1-2-3... Scissors...She did a rock. I lost.

Rich was funny "didnt i ALWAYS tell you to throw PAPER? ?" HA. no.

They also gave a TI package to..the slowest swimmer, that finished the race. not the slowest that is still out in the lake. Ok kidding. Nobody had to get help and the EMT/Medical teams were quite pleased.

Good way to start the day..then we had some teammates over to the pool to hang out, and since it rained we watched the prologue and snacked on bootlegs and some nice fruit and homemade smoked peanuts that Paula's hubby made. Then off to dinner and fireworks with Rich and his mom..late night...too late. I was super tired by 8pm. Fireworks were at 10. Ugh. But i made it:)

Long ride today with Rich's TT peeps. Good ride and I felt good. I missed going to the cabin and seeing a few relatives but today and yesterday, hanging out and having a nice weather day today. We are traveling to AK soon for a cruise. It will be incredible to see AK and to be right up there next to a glacier! I am super excited but also a bit sad to leave MN in the summer. I HATE leaving MN in the summer. I know it is weird but as you can tell from the first paragraph we have such little nice temps that why would i leave here mid-july? Oh bc my future mother in law is taking us on a cruise for her 80th bday? Ok, guess that is ok:) I am lucky that Rich's family is so fun and so supportive of me and Rich. ( other than his younger brother asking if i was trying to kill rich bc we biked so much..ha he was kidding) I am not sure how i will get in some training, but if I have to run around the ship deck 500x I guess i will. I have hopes that when we are docked I can actually run on terra firma, bc we obviously wont be on a bike.

The good thing is that Rich ALSO will be trying to maintain form:)

We come back on a sunday and then the next thursday we leave for the FIREHOUSE 50 TT in Cable, Wi. He has 2 x 4 person TT teams and I am doing it solo. Then there is a 15k run the next day. If i can keep my head in place and use it as a training weekend and not an A race ( which it was for me LAST year) then I will be much more relaxed on the cruise. But hard to let that go and just ride it without wanting to improve my time from 2008. Then mid-August is another half IM!

And planning some my as a PT...lots to distract me. Hyvee is on...TDF is on...Roger just won...all is good. Now I have to watch some taped tennis, congrats to FED for surpassing Petey Sampras grand slam record...( tangent here ) To see Laver, Borg, Sampras and Roger and have Johhny Mac in the booth. I think John felt a bit left out...

Oh and i do have the bootleg post in the works...promise.


Charisa said...

first off - tennis of some sort (Wimbledon????) was on today and I thought of you. Second - nice race! And third - you make me laugh with the swim "it was so short and over so quick!" :)

Molly said...

Nice job on your race! Wow, some good speed out there :) Loved the raffle comments LOL

Jennifer Harrison said...

Great work, what in the heck do you have on your lower 1/2 before your race in the parking lot? HAHA.

I loved the pic of your determination in the cycling pic and NO shoes! Oh yippee!

Nice work! :)) The cruise is almost here!

Jennifer Cunnane said...

Oh i just love summer too! Great job on the race - you did fantastic and I am impressed you know how to do the shoe/dismount thingy... I have yet to attempt lest I fall on my ASS...Yes, yes, wimbledon fanatics are all over my house... thought of you too watching it. You must join up with my family for tennis watching etc

Beth said...

Yeah...saw some sort of tennis on tv... ;)

GREAT racing on Saturday! Congrats on your win for sure! Hope you have a great time in AK. I've always wanted to do an Alaskan cruise - I bet it's beautiful. Enjoy!

Angela and David Kidd said...

Sounds like you had a great race! And I hear you about being bummed things are half over. That's why I can never enjoy a massage, as soon as it starts I just start thinking "oh man, I am that much closer to this ending."

Steve Stenzel said...

"didnt i ALWAYS tell you to throw PAPER? ?" HA!!

Nice race!! I love the photo that shows you SPEEDING (over 15 mph!). Way to go!

runningyankee said...

love the bike pic. talk about FOCUS! i think Roger was channeling your vibes when he finally took down AR. have you gotten your lime green socks yet??

Damie said...

Nice race! you look fierce in your race pics too!!!!! ;))))

TriGirl Kate O said...

I like the "in the zone" look on your face coming off the bike! Way to fight for those swim lessons.