Tidbit Tuesday

  1. Are you more of a hunter or a gatherer? Hmm… A hunter.
  2. You’re a new addition to the crayon box. What color would you be and why? A color somewhere between pink and purple. 
  3. You find a lottery ticket that ends up winning $10 million. What would you do? Become a full-time triathlete. 
  4. What do you think about when you’re alone in your car? Sing.
  5. What’s your favorite ’90s jam? What’s Up by 4 Non-Blondes
  6. If you could be any animal in the world, what animal would you be and why? An Orca Whale
  7. What was the last gift you gave someone? Father’s Day card to my dad. 
  8. What were you like in high school? A cheerleader, outgoing, Lumberjack royalty.
  9. What’s the last thing you watched on TV and why did you choose to watch it? Bloodline, it’s amazing. 
  10. Any advice for your previous boss? Do what makes you happy.
  11. What is the funniest thing that has happened to you recently? My kids. They are hilarious, all the time. 
  12. What inspires you? My daughters. Every day. 
  13. What do you work toward in your free time? Triathlons. 
  14. How would you rate your memory? I have a great memory. 
  15. How do you like your coffee? When I am behaving, a Skinny Vanilla Latte; when I am not a Raspberry White Mocha, when I am at home, just sugar free vanilla creamer (or a few others).
  16. Favorite alcoholic drink? Wine, specifically Sangria.
  17. You’ve been given an elephant. You can’t give it away or sell it. What would you do with the elephant? Ride it to and from work. 
  18. Who would win a fight between Spiderman and Batman? Batman. For sure. 
  19. How would you convince someone to do something they didn’t want to do? I always say this at work, it’s our job to protect people that cannot protect themselves, if you don’t, who will?
  20. Who was your favorite teacher? My science and home ec teacher. 
  21. Which would you pick: being world-class attractive, a genius or famous for doing something great? For doing something great.
  22. If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be? I’d be more confident when I should.
  23. What was your favorite toy growing up? Barbies or rollerblades.
  24. What’s the most beautiful place you’ve ever been? Maui, for sure. 
  25. What are your 3 favorite movies? The Story of Us, Seven and Fallen
  26. What’s the right age to get married? I don’t think there is a “right age”. 
  27. What paper that you’ve written are you most proud of? The correlation between laid off laborers and domestic abuse & alcohol abuse. 
  28. Who would you like to live like for a day? Care free, wild, rested, de-stressed, training hard and worn out.
  29. If you could live in any TV home, what would it be? The Full House house.
  30. What’s your favorite holiday? Christmas Eve, PJs and snacks all day. 
  31. If you could eat only 3 foods for the rest of your life, what would they be? Sushi, pizza and tacos. HA!!
  32. What’s your favorite childhood book? Clyde the Monster
  33. What’s a great book you’ve read recently? The Arrangement
  34. If you could ask your pet 3 questions, what would they be? Why won’t you run with me, Why do you love to lick my feet, Am I your favorite?
  35. If you could be an Olympic athlete, in what sport would you compete? Triathlon! For sure!!

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Sunday Wrap Up

So this week has been all Recovery Training. And while I know it is important to recover (or at least that is what my coach says), I was less than excited about the workouts all being slow and easy… And it was the final game of the girls’ softball season.

Tomorrow starts a new week. And it is lots of threshold work! Woo hoo!

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Tidbit Tuesday

  1. Who are you named after? My mom dreamt my first name, my middle name was my paternal great-grandmothers name.
  2. Last time you cried? I’m sure over a sappy movie or something amazing my kids did.
  3. Do you like your handwriting? Sure.
  4. What is your favorite lunch meat? Turkey. 
  5. Do you still have your tonsils? No, but I didn’t have them surgical removed. 
  6. Would you bungee jump? I think so.
  7. What is favorite cereal? Cinnamon Toast Crunch
  8. Do you untie your shoes when you take them off? Depends on the shoe.
  9. Do you think you’re strong? Yes.
  10. Favorite ice cream? Peanut butter.
  11. What is the first thing you notice about someone? Their eyes. 
  12. Football or baseball? To watch, football. To play, neither. 
  13. What color pants are you wearing? Grey.
  14. What are you listening too? We’re All We Need by Above & Beyond
  15. If you were a crayon, what color would you be? Pink. 
  16. Favorite smell? Fresh linen. 
  17. Who was the last person you spoke to on the phone? No idea, I hate talking on the phone. 
  18. Married? Yup. 
  19. Hair color? Dirty blonde/brownish. 
  20. Eye color? Brown. 
  21. Favorite food to eat? Tacos
  22. Suspense movie or happy ending? Happy ending.
  23. Last movie you watched? Wonder Woman.
  24. What color shirt are you wearing? Red.
  25. Favorite Holiday? Christmas
  26. Beer or Wine? Wine! 
  27. Night owl or morning person? Morning, for sure. 
  28. Favorite day of the week? Saturday

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Victoria 70.3 Race Recap

First of all, the race course is beautiful. The views are incredible. If you want a scenic course, this is it.

Saturday we went for a gorgeous ride around the area where we were staying. It was amazing.

Then took our bikes to bike check in.

They didn’t have gear bags for this race, which I thought was totally odd. So the night before prep was different than my usual routine. Don’t they know that I need things to always be the same?!

That afternoon, we went to see Wonder Woman in IMAX and it was badass.

We also did a little shopping and road around on the mall animal scooters.

The evening before the race, had my typical pre-race Chinese food. One, I didn’t get a fortune cookie, what the heck?? Two, I had a shrimp chow mein, note to self, don’t do that again.

Tried to go to bed early, but didn’t sleep much or well, which is pretty typical for me on the night of a race.

Race morning, as usual was early, leaving the hotel at 4:30am. Set up transition, tried not to freak out.

Swim: The race is a self-seeded rolling start. So, you have an idea of your swim time, you place yourself there and the race volunteers funnel everyone in to the water. Your swim start begins as you cross the time mat as you enter the water. I knew entering the water that I just needed to focus on staying calm, as I always have a total meltdown as I start. Which did happen. Just as I approached the first bouy I had a panic attack, flipped on my back to chill out, which didn’t work out. Flipped back over and realized my wetsuit was undone half way down my back… and I was taking on water. So I flailed around and not so gracefully got it back up and secured. At this point I had swallowed some water, choked a bit and was falling apart. A canoe was close by, I seriously considered calling it a day, but instead started breast stroking, and then finally swimming. As I turned the halfway mark, I checked my time. It wasn’t an incredible time and not what I had hoped for, but I was doing just fine. So I slowly, but surely finished the swim, at 48:11.

Transition 1: Came out of the water, up the shore, and right into the bike area. Easy peasy getting my bike gear on and back out.

Bike: What a gorgeous course. Started out a tad chilly but warmed up after the first 15 miles or so. A few rolling hills and one larger hill (nothing as crazy as CDA). I picked up a lot of cyclists. My main bitch was the course being open to traffic. I’ve always enjoyed Ironman branded courses because they are closed off to traffic. It was dangerous in multiple areas. The roads were pretty torn up too, lots of potholes. Stuck to my nutrition plan and felt good throughout. I needed to pee the entire bike ride and was quite uncomfortable by the end. I tried to channel my coaches ability to pee on the bike, but just couldn’t bring myself to do it.  Finished the bike in 3:29:18

Transition 2: Hung my bike, switched my shoes, pulled off my helmet, grabbed my race bib and my water pod (with inhaler) and took off! Stopped to pee on the way out.

Run: Again, this course is gorgeous. Two loops around the lake. I didn’t realize it would be on a trail, which isn’t my personal favorite but it was so amazing to look at that I didn’t mind. My shrimp dinner caught up with me a bit on the run, and I was forced into a few portapotties. But overall I felt good. Maintained a decent pace (for me) and enjoyed the end of my race. Finished the run in 2:31:55.

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Finish: Seeing that Ironman chute and arch, hearing them call your came, seeing my husband, my baby girls and my inlaws is a magical overwhelming feeling of happiness. I finished in 6:58:30, which is a 22:30 improvement over my previous personal best!

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Then I got to watch Amber finish her first 70.3. Which was so amazing to be able to do.

Reflections: Get out in the open water as soon as it’s safe back home. No shrimp the night before race day.

Now, after a full day of resting and eating so much food. Tomorrow we are back in training. IMCHOO is coming quick!!!

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Official Race Day Photos:

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* My “volunteer of the day” was my hubby Bill. Who does not race but drives me around to all these crazy events. Supports me without complaint even the incredibly expensive costs of races, travel and gear. And deals with my ups and downs of emotions on a daily basis. I know how lucky I am to have him and his support.

** Also, I have to thank my coach, Bryan Kreitz for all of his help and support. He’s been an amazing coach. And the best is yet to come!!! If you are looking for a coach and a program that will definitely show you results, Bryan is your man!

 

Race Week Part 2

Well we made it to Canada! We got checked in to our hotel, went through athlete check in and did our first run and swim up here! Both of which were amazing!!! Canada is beautiful!!! More to come.

Race Week!!

Well the countdown is just about over… Ironman Victoria 70.3 is only days away! This will be my fourth 70.3 and I am feeling really good about how I am going in to this race. I feel really confident in my training, working with Bryan Kreitz at Tridot has been a great choice for my training. I feel, by far, the healthiest that I ever have on race week, which is pretty exciting. And I feel the most prepared, which I assume would come with having a few under my belt.

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Pre-race jitters are still there though. Checking the weather compulsively, checking the water temperature at Elk Lake (which was no easy feat, as Canadian water temps are apparently not as closely followed as US water temps), and checking and re-checking my packing list… But I suppose that if I wasn’t nervous at all, that I wouldn’t be taking it seriously enough.

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This weekend was the last of the real workouts, and the beginning of taper week. And since I had more free time, I finished a great book, hung out with the kiddos, washed my car, washed and oiled my bike, played with my dog, and genuinely relaxed in the sunshine. I even started my packing, which I will go into a little more tomorrow!

 

It will be one of my best friend’s, Amber‘s, first 70.3, so be sure to go over to her page at All I Do Is Tri and show her some love and support!!!