Race Report – Delta Lake Triathlon

Wheeewwww. I have some mixed thoughts on this race. But not the race itself, mostly me and my performance.

Delta Lake is kind of a unique race in my eyes. There are plenty of races where there are various distance options to run, but the races typically overlap, like at FLT. But for Delta the sprint race goes off first, then after it’s completed the Olympic starts. You can even opt to run both races back to back assuming you make a specific time cut off for the sprint.

On paper the race sounds like what I can only fathom as a logistical nightmare. Sprint, closely followed by an Olympic, where the long course athletes can be inside transition setting up while the sprint is going on around them. The longer race is a two loop swim, two loop ride, three loop run. Really, reading this in the athlete’s guide kind of made my head spin. However, the race was very well organized and the layout of transition actually worked really well and non of the athletes were ever in each other’s way. Plus I could watch the sprint race while I waited to hit the water, which was fun.

I will say, this particular race was never on my radar. The fabulous Meredith Atwood of Swim Bike Mom had it on her race tour and since My parent’s house was less than an hour from the race venue, I figured why not, ya know? And meeting Meredith was awesome. She is super nice, genuine, and easy to talk to. If you ever get a chance to race with her do it!

I went to the Saturday packet pick up, hung out with Meredith, Lindsay, and a bunch of other fantastic ladies all racing, volunteering, or spectating the race. Then we stayed the night with my parents at the La Quinta Inn across from the Turning Stone Casino. And this is where my crash and burn started. Holy noisy hell. That hotel had zero noise control in it. The whole night we could here the drunk patrons of two weddings and bachelorette party screaming in the hallways, smashing beer bottles, being drunk messes. It was ridiculous. I could even hear the noise through the ear plugs I ended up putting in. Then of course the noise kept the dog up all night too, so on top of the noise we had to contend with Griswold pacing, panting, crying, all freaking night. Worst hotel experience ever. That place is officially on my shit list. So much for the “mandatory quiet hours after 11pm” that they claimed with posted signs.

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Brutus and Griswold hanging out while I ordered us a glutton of bar food. Because all the deep fried things is perfect pre-race fuel.

After a very sleepless night, we were up early and moving to get to the venue about 20 minutes down the road. The venue for Delta Lake Triathlon is awesome. It’s a tiny space so everything was practically on top of everything else. Swim in/out, transitions, parking, and the finish line were all in basically a 20 foot radius of each other. And the multi-loop course on top of the small, tight knit venue made for excellent spectating.

Also, I had my first run in of being referred to by my blog name. I stepped out of my car after pulling into the parking lot to someone shouting out to me “Oh, TriGirl Chronicles!” Oh, yes, that’s me, isn’t it? We talked for a few minutes and set up next to each other in transition too. I didn’t catch her name though, so if you read this please say hi! You seriously made me realize people other than my parents and friends might read this! I had a second person, Jillian, approach me on the beach. She recognized me by my wetsuit. Kudos to her, I think everyone looks like the same uncomfortable stuffed sausage in a wetsuit and swim cap.

The swim, wowzers. Being a relatively weak swimmer, I wasn’t all that keen on the double loop swim course. Thankfully though we didn’t have the leave the water in order to start the second loop. Once I was all suited up I went to wait on the beach. There were only two swim waves; the men and those doing the double followed a few minutes later by us ladies and those doing the relay.

We hit the water and my stroke was holding together decent for a while, but once again, I started to fall apart. I went out with a bit too much gusto and did not pace myself at all. My only goal for the swim was to not be last out of the water, especially once I started getting passed by men and doublers heading into their second loops. My whole first loop was mostly a mess. I did fine pretty much up until the turn around when my too quick start caught up to me. I started having a hard time breathing and ultimately started doing my usual stroke flopping. When I got to the turn around to start the second loop I even stopped and stood up for a moment to catch my breath. I took the first leg of my second loop really slowly, just trying to salvage my sanity and my energy. Once I hit the final turn around though I put my head down deep and chugged through. And ya know what? Those last few hundred meters kicked ass! I hit a fantastic rhythm and started gliding along like a pro, passing people all over the place. It felt awesome. If only I could have harnessed that from the get go. But now that I have found my rhythm I’m confident I can do that again in my last two races for the season.

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Sigh of relief, out of the water!

According my watch I stepped onto the sand right around the 35 minutes mark, but my official swim time was 40:26 for a .9 mile swim. The transition was not far from the swim out, so my watch was definitely off. Need to remember to turn the autopause off during races. There was a bit of running through the sand *boooo* before getting onto pavement and into T1. My dad even ran a bit with me to transition because he is fantastic like that.

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My T1 was pretty uneventful. Wetsuit off, wipe off feet, bike gear on. Saw a guy in a Rat Snake jersey and screamed “Rat Snake! I ran that race!” Probably thought I was crazy. Official T1 time was 2:08! Count it, fastest T1 time ever. Learning to shave that time off baby!

I grabbed Finley and headed out for the bike portion still feeling good at this point. The bike course was rumored to be pretty flat and fast, so I was looking forward to really pushing it out on Finley. It was a double loop for the 24 miles and I immediately effed up my watch upon mounting my bike. Lapped it into bike mode then immediately accidentally hit the lap button again pushing it into T2. In a panic I pushed it again and did all of my bike, T2, and run in run mode. At least this way I could watch my average miles per hour and have an idea of my speed. I knew a sub-3:30 mile was around 17.5 miles per hour, so I made that my base goal, hoping to end up faster. I actually had a great first loop. I was averaging mile times in the 3:teens and was very pleased with that. Heading into the second loop though, the horrid night’s sleep finally caught up to me. It was like I hit a wall. I slowed, I began to struggle to pedal and I saw my average speed start to tick back up.

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Heading out of the park, still feeling good at this point.

My last six miles after the final turn around felt like I was pedaling through molasses. I even shifted down to my small chain ring, which is ridiculous for how flat the course was. A few mild inclines, but nothing I would have normally left my big ring for. Ugh. Official bike time, 1:22:22, average speed of 17.5 mph. I was really hoping to be more for such a flat and straight course.

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T2 was also pretty uneventful. Rerack Finley, kick off bike shoes and drop helmet. Pull on visor and Zoots, grab a swig of water, then head out. Official T2, 1:13. Definitely also my fastest ever T2 time.

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The run, oh the run. Three loops felt like a death march. It meant running along side the finish chute to go into laps two and three. What a horrible tease. There was only one aid station and rightfully so. Three loops for a 6 mile run meant there was technically aid at every mile, and I grabbed a cup and walked through the aid station every time. As I came through by the finish chute after my first loop all I could eek out to my family was “I’m suffering.” The bad night we had the night before hit me like a ton of bricks. My inability to clock even a single 10 minute mile pushed aside all hopes I had for a sub-3 hour race and I shifted into survival mode. I mean, my fastest mile the whole run was 10:20 and I can’t even pretend to be happy about that.

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That is the face of suffering. That is me “please kill me now” look, clearly.

As I came around from my second loop my dad and Rob were holding out water cups for me. I happily grabbed them both and they ran along side me for a minute. I dumped one over my head and slurped the other down as best I could. After that I slowed to walk some. I got overwhelmed thinking this was absolutely the worst I have ever felt in a race. My breath got caught in my throat and it was all I could do to fight back tears. After a minute and a few deep breaths I managed to calm down and start to turn my feet over again and start running, if you can really call it that. My final loop I did do better keeping up running more than not and when I rounded that last turn and could hear the finish line, I started to get excited. Once I could see it I did my best to sprint to the finish line, but I just didn’t have a single drop left in the tank. But I made it. Official run time, 1:06:16. That’s an average pace of 11:03. Color my unhappy. My run pace at FLT Olympic last year was 9:23 and I missed my 10k PR by only 18 seconds. UGH. This run nearly killed me.

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I was pretty disappointed after I finished. I don’t know if I’ve ever felt that way after a race before. I was exhausted and happy to be done though. Official finish time, 3:12:25.

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Honestly, that is a 10 minute PR for me for the distance, so I tried to look at that bright side. But ultimately I was ready I grab my gear and head home to shower and eat. I had gathered up all my stuff and was just starting to get my bike up on the my bike rack when I heard over the annoucements, “We missed an age group award, women’s age group 25-29.” That’s my age group, but I half tuned it out. I don’t win races, especially races as bad as this one.

“Winner of the women’s age group 25-29 with a time of 3 hours, 12 minutes, and 25 seconds, Courtney Fields!”

I stood completely dumbfounded, Finley hanging precariously from my bike rack. “You won!” Rob gave me a little nudge. “I’ll get your bike on, go!”

Whatever energy I had searched for in the finish chute I suddenly found. Fastest I ran all day was back past transition and up to the announcer.

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Confused about my win. Day old makeup smear under my eyes. God I look a hot mess.

What I thought was the worst race of my life suddenly turned full circle.

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My champion pint glass. I wish they had offered a complimentary alcohol fill up, because I sure could have used one!

I guess that’s the nice thing about small races. Even with a slow time after a crummy race you can still place because the competition isn’t as stiff. There was actually one girl faster than me in my age group, but she got an overall podium, so she was out of the running for age group awards and the win ultimately rolled down to me. Kind of feels like cheating since my time really isn’t one that would win you any awards normally, but I’m happy about it either way.

I’ve now spent a few days processing this race and while I’m still pretty unhappy about my performance, the race itself was great and I would definitely do it again. I’d just make sure I stuck to my usual pre-race eating the day before and stay the night in Syracuse where I know I’ll get sleep.

It’s weird to me to feel so bad about my race. I got a ten minute PR and won my age group, but I had such an awful race I just don’t feel like I earned those things. However at the end of the day, I need to remember that I do this to be strong, capable, grateful of my body and all that it can do. I am a Triathlete. 

Tri Talk Tuesday – Support Crew

Howdy Tuesday, how nice to see you again. This week it’s just myself and Cynthia from You Signed Up For What holding down the fort here for Tri Talk Tuesday. The lovely Miranda is heading to Lake Placid to watch and Anthony kick some serious tail at Ironman Lake Placid on Sunday.

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Today’s topic of support crews is a well timed one for me. Honestly, I’ve been hoping for a swift kick in the rear in terms of bragging about how amazing my friends and family are to me.

My friends- it really blows my mind how much my friends have gone out of their way to come to my races. Whether it meant getting up early, riding a shuttle bus, or walking 30 minutes in because the park was closed to traffic by the time they showed up and they had to park stupid far away. To know I have people in my life who are so genuinely interested in supporting my success is such an incredible feeling. I just hope that at some point I can return the favor to them.

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My Family- My parents have been so wonderful with all my racing. The only triathlon they didn’t make it to in the last three years was the Rat Snake. They are basically professionals now because they come with a popup tent, a cooler full of food and drinks, camping chairs, and get there early so they can find the best spot possible. They get up at 3am with me if that’s what it takes, and they’ve done that many times now. They do everything they can to make sure I feel supported and loved on race day. No matter whether I have a good race or a bad race, they’re always proud of me. I just know that when a race feels too hard or I feel like I want to quit, that I remember all that they do for me to make sure I’m successful and that’s always enough to carry me through a finish line. They’re so amazing and I could never do it without them.

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My Husband- My rock, my cheerleader, my better half, the love of my life. He has never missed a single race, he’s stood around holding our maniac dog for hours upon hours, no matter the weather, the venue, the early hours, any of it. Even when I tell him over and over that he doesn’t have to come, he shows up with a smile on his face. He’d go to the end of the world and back for me and honestly, I have no idea how I got so lucky. I sometimes read posts from people in my tri group about having unsupportive spouses and it blows my mind. I could never do what I do without my husband by my side. I often times wonder how I got so damn lucky. I mean really, my husband supports me through everything in life, not just triathlon. I keep telling him to sign up for a race without me so I can come and cheer for him and make him feel as loved and supported as he makes me feel, but he always responds saying that he’d rather race with me. I truly feel like the luckiest woman on earth sometimes with how good he is to me. Very lucky indeed.

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 Who do you turn to for support? Do you have a cheering squad for races and life in general?

Next week’s theme is race prep and logistics! Talk to us about traveling for races, planning, how you prep for your big day, whatever it takes!



 

Weekly Recap: 07/14 – 07/20

Whew, what a week! I was a busy mess this whole past week and it definitely caught up to me. I worked over 50 hours in four days then Friday through Sunday was nonstop doing and going. I am tireddddd now. Yikes.

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Monday  was an active recovery day for me. I had taken Sunday as a full rest day post Mini Mussel, so I opted to do a 30 minute shake out on the spin bike. Legs were decent.

Tuesday I worked a 12 hour day. I got zero working out in.

Wednesday turned into a another day of no working out, another day of working late. And Thursday was lined up to be another 12 hour days, but our office roof was getting tarred. The air was turned off and it was hot, noisy and smelled like burning tar in our building. We ended up closing early which left me a small gap between leaving the office and the evening program I was going to, so I squeezed a quick 2 mile run in.

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Did I mention I saw a women pooping in the grass on the side of the run course at Mini Mussel last weekend? No? Because I totally did. She even did a butt scoot in an attempt to wipe. Sometimes running hates us.

Friday and Saturday were filled with lots of doing, running around, errands, craziness, and heading out to Verona for packet pick up and staying the night before race day on Sunday. Chock full of busy and no workouts. This seems to be a theme for this week. Thankfully I’m back to a regular work schedule now, and should pretty much be mostly regular until I’m done there at the end of August.

Sunday was race day for Delta Lake Triathlon. My race report for this will be long and I have some sorting out to do on my thoughts and feelings of this race. So be on the lookout for that.

This week should be better. I’m going to let my body do some recovering, get a few solid workouts in before the Cubby Chase this weekend, and start to really buckle down and work on my running. I have two half marathons on the docket that I need to start training for.

Did you race this weekend? Tell me about it!

What was your favorite thing you did this weekend?

Friday Favorites

I’m doing things a little different today and decided to join my fellow Tri Talk Tuesday co-host Cynthia from You Signed Up For What and her fellow DC blogger buddies for their Friday Five series.

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Their theme for today is Friday Favorites. So in honor of summer, a season I have mixed feelings about, I thought I’d share my favorite things about summer!

1. The Living’s Easy- Summa’ tiiimmmeeee, and the livin’s easy! Because who doesn’t like to serenade themselves with a little Sublime when the weather is just that. It’s that time of year where life feels like life slows down don’t look at my race schedule, it’s a lie and it’s just easier to kick your feet up and relax.

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2. Swimming- Yes, it’s true I swim year round, sort of. But doing laps in the pool for race training is far from what I mean. But I mean lounging in the water to just enjoy the water. It used to be swimming in the lake at camp for 13 years for me, but now that I’m not at camp anymore we get into Seneca Lake quite a bit in the summer to just relax in the cool, clear, natural waters. So nice.

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Griswold knows what’s up. He gets it!

3. Adventuring- Rob and I like to take adventures. We’ve just about driven across country twice now, took a mostly spur of the moment weekend trip to Florida, and even spent our honeymoon driving up the west coast. It’s no secret we love to just take off and explore. And in the summer when extra time is easier to come by, we often times take weekend escape type trips. Whether it’s camping out for Rat Snake weekend, or hitting up the Herkimer Diamond Mines and the Baseball Hall of Fame, we love to just go out be adventurous!

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Don’t mine me, just mining for diamonds, totally normal!

4. The Weather (sometimes)- I think this is where my sometimes mixed feelings on summer come from. But so far this year I’ve been enjoying the mild weather. I don’t like when it’s super hot and humid to pea soup level, both of which are pretty normal for Central New York. But this summer has been primarily mid-70′s and sunny with little to no humidity. That’s pretty perfect as far as I’m concerned, so I’ll take it! But what I really love about summer weather is running in it! There is nothing nicer than going out in the morning when the light is soft and the day’s not hot yet and getting a good run in while enjoying the summer scenery. It’s pure joy!

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Griswold loves the summer weather too because he gets to splash violently in his pool. He does not understand just laying in the water. Also, two hammock pictures. We know what I love, clearly.

5. Race Season- If you’ve seen my race line up for this year then you know. Summer here in CNY means race season and since we have a short time frame before winter comes roaring back, they cram in as many as they can. I love racing, obviously, so I’m doing as much as I can this year after the nasty winter we endured.

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Summer and I may have a love hate relationship, but overall I’m very happy the nice weather is here and here to stay for a bit longer still!

What’s your favorite thing about summer?

Race Report – Musselman Mini Mussel Triathlon

Second year in a row of running the Mini Mussel and I am happy to report I ripped a huge chunk of time off of last year’s race. Very exciting.

That being said, I definitely think I could have shaved a few more minutes off my time. My head has been so caught up in working stupid long amounts of overtime at my current job and trying to get my new job situated and squared away. So when Hubby asked me Friday morning what time we had to head over for packet pick up it was not surprising that I looked over at him like he had two heads. Oh, right, I have a race tomorrow. Duh. 

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I like the Mini Mussel a lot for many reason, but a few are definitely convenience. Transition is only a mile from my house and the race doesn’t start until 9am. We wander over shortly after 8am on race morning, and while I only had 12 minutes to set up my transition, it was fine since I didn’t bring much

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Didn’t even grab a towel to set my stuff on.

I had signed up for the novice wave again. I like not having to worry about getting passed in the water by a bunch of fast people, so the novice wave is nice since it goes off last. With seven waves set to take off, I was wading into Seneca lake right around 9:30 for our 9:35 swim starts.

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Novice swim wave taking off into the swim start!

The swim is deep water start and at no point during the swim can you touch. You wade out and can stand right up to the buoy, then the bottom gives out and you’re treading until the horn goes off. The swim starts at the northern head of Seneca lake before moving into the marina and hanging a left into the canal. Both the sprint and half iron follow the same point to point swim course, with the half iron starting from the swim beach instead of the seawall to tack on the additional distance.

Once again, I could not keep my stroke together. I blame this race more on my wetsuit, sadly. I must not have pulled it up or situated it correctly on my shoulders because about a minute into the swim I felt like I was choking. The neckline was super tight around my throat and making it hard for me to control my breathing. So even though I started with good form on my free style stroke, I fell apart once again and went back to flip flopping my stroke. Free style for a minute, side stroke to relieve some tension on my neck, free style because I’m slowing down too much, breast stroke to catch my breath again. So frustrating.

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By the time I hit the canal I was doing head out of the water free style just so I could breath a bit but not totally lose my steam or speed. And what’s weird is that I passed three people from the wave that went out before us. I don’t think I’ve ever passed anyone in the swim during a race before. So even though I was struggling, I was really happy about getting in water road kills.

Official swim time- 16:34 (2:13/100m)

My swim wasn’t super fast, but it was significantly faster than my Syracuse swim pace, so I’m happy in that regard.

I headed into T1 feeling pretty good. I felt like I struggled to get my wetsuit off over my feet and like I was moving slowly, but I was surprised to see my official T1 time of 2:55. Believe it or not that is actually my fastest T1 time ever in a race. I’m usually over four minutes. Very happy with this. Grabbed Finley off the rack and headed out for the bike course.

My bike started off not so good. I lapped my watch heading out of T1 and realized my watch was not in multi sport mode. I had set it up in transition before the race started but I realized right before getting in the water my GPS was off. It must have bumped me out of multisport when the GPS kicked on, so my watch was on “other” mode the whole race and the only data I was getting were the lap count, heart rate, and race clock. Cranky.

The first few miles of the Musselman bike course are a steady climb. Nothing too hard, but enough to notice after climbing out of the water. I was annoyed at my watch and feeling a bit not quite with it for the first few miles. It wasn’t until I hit the first downhill and remembered how much I love riding to kick my competitiveness into overdrive. I wish I had just buckled down and cranked it out from the get go. My ride would have been faster had I pushed harder the first few miles. But thankfully the Mini Mussel bike course is my default riding route and I could ride the course with my eyes closed I’m so familiar with it. So once I got my head in the game I pushed out a hard ride for the last two-thirds of the course.

Official bike time- 55:10 (17.5mph average for 16.1 miles)

I pulled into T2 feeling pretty happy. I had glanced at my swim time when I crossed into T1 and lapped my watch thinking I was in multisport, so even with only having my race clock available to me I know I came off the bike in under an hour. Helmet and sunglasses off, bike shoes off, yank on my Zoots and my visor, fight like all hell with my race belt, and head out to run. Official T2 time was 2:25. That’s somewhat slow for me and I’m positive it’s because I couldn’t get my race belt to clip. I fought with it for way too long. I wish I had enough forethought to run towards the run out while dealing with it instead of standing in transition getting annoyed.

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Heading out onto the run course

My run was pretty uneventful. I’ve run the main drag through the park more times than I can count so there wasn’t anything to surprise me. There was one aid station that I walked through both times since the run is an out and back course along the lake shore. Other than the aid station I ran the whole 5k, albeit a bit slower than I would have liked. My calves were tight coming off the bike and I got annoyed with my first two miles clocking in around the ten minute mark. My last mile was 9:29 which was better. Official run time was 31:46.

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Official race finish time- 1:48:50. That’s 29(!) minutes off last year’s time of 2:17. So I am very happy with that even though I wish my bike and run were both a bit faster. This was good enough to snag me third place for the novice female division, but since swimming novice excludes you from prizes, it goes unrecognized by the race. Boo. Had I opted to swim in my competitive age group I would have placed 15/38, so it’s not like I was in any sort of running there. And my overall place was 443/797, so pretty middle of the pack, pretty much what I expected.

Musselman is a great series that I can’t say enough nice things about. There’s four triathlon options; the micro super sprint, sprint, half iron, and double mussel, as well as a kids race with an open water swim. There’s stuff going on all weekend and it’s been given awards and accolades for a reason. As long as we live in CNY I will keep racing the Musselman because it’s a race that you just want to keep going back for more.

Next race on the docket- Delta Lake Olympic in three days!!!

 

Tri Talk Tuesday – Race Fuel

Tuesday again. Keeps catching me off guard. Nothing says “Hey it’s link up day!” like 10pm Monday night knowing other people more productive than you will be waiting for your post to go live so they can link up something they had written long before you. Sneaky, sneaky Tuesday. But here I am, along with Cynthia from You Signed Up For What and Miranda from The Cupcake Triathlete for more Tri Talk Tuesday!

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Today’s topic is race day fuel. I’ve actually covered this topic before, so since my last post was mostly informational, here’s some tips on picking fuel so you can have the best race possible!

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1. Liquid versus Solid- there’s a ton of race fuel options and it can be confusing on where to even start. One good place to start is deciding on whether or not your race merits solid food or if liquid fuel will be enough. Basically for anything short course you can get away with liquid only. I personally can do a 10k road race distance on only liquid and for triathlon I can muscle through a sprint on nothing but liquid. Anything longer you’re going to want to start experimenting with solids.

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Eggo Mini Waffles and PB- my go to for long bike rides or long course triathlon

2. Experiment- Again, there’s a lot out there; gels, GU, chomps, waffles, blocks, sport beans, amillionotherthings. And those are just race specific fuels. A lot of people also use real food like potatoes, Uncrustable sandwiches, dried fruit, etc. Buy a few different kinds of race specific fuels, try a few real foods, and find out what you like, don’t like, what agrees or disagrees with your stomach, etc.

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Race specific fuels and bars. Can you tell I love Clif!

3. Practice Fueling- This is part of what training should entail; practicing your nutrition! Don’t wing it on race day, use your training to experiment with all the different fuel options and find out what works for you. The one and only time I ever used a gel was thankfully on a training run where I was close enough to a public restroom. Lesson learned, and thankfully not mid race.

4. Know What’s Offered- You know that old saying “never try anything new on race day?” This includes what you grab from a volunteer at an aid station on race day. Check the race’s website and know what they’ll be offering on the course so you can practice with it. Last thing you want is to grab a cup of something or a gel or some sort and end up in GI distress because you didn’t try it out prior to race day.

5. Know Your Body- Everybody is different and part of race nutrition is just knowing what you need to be successful. Like I know I can run a 10k with no fuel and no water. But toss me into a half marathon and I’ll down a whole pack of shot blocks. Better runners than I can do a half marathon on just water, but I can’t, and that’s okay.

Favorite race day nutriton?

At what race distance do you start to need some fuel?

Next week’s theme is Support Crew! Who are those amazing people in your life who make your race day worth running for?


Weekly Recap: 07/07 – 07/13

Oh Monday, here you are again. And my week, oh my week, it was not quite as planned.

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Remember how I pronounced I would be starting a running streak last week? Ask me how well that went? Because starting a running streak when I have three straight back to back to back weekends of races was D-U-M-B.

Monday my only “workout” was walking Griswold a mile. I went out and bought a ton of stuff for my new classroom after work instead. I have no idea how I’m going to make it through the next six weeks at my current job.

Tuesday I did run. I did 5k in right around 30 minutes. It was hot and humid out even though I ran at 6am, which was crap. The summer weather is definitely finding us finally.

Wednesday was another run. I clocked 2 miles on the treadmill during my lunch break. I planned to do three but I forgot some of my toiletries to be able to shower at the gym, so I cut it short and went home to shower before going back to work.

Thursday and Friday both turned into days where my only workout was again walking the dog. Boo on me, what a crummy week. At least I ran though. Small win..?

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I also spent Friday in my new classroom. Because moving desks and cutting my name out in glitter letter was a much more productive use of my time I’m sure.

Saturday was race day! Musselman weekend really caught me off guard this year. But I had a decent race that I’ll recap later in the week. But I did well all things considered.

This week is going to be a difficult mess for me. I’m working like nineteen thousand hours of overtime, so I need to get morning workouts in if I want to do anything. But my dad got us hotel rooms for this weekend since Delta Lake is a bit of a ways out from Syracuse. Hoping to PR my Olympic time on Sunday, so I need to be smart about my workouts this week.

Anyone else race this weekend? Have an awesome workout to share?
It’s Monday; what’s one thing you’re looking forward to today? Signing my teaching contract *happydance*

Running For The Weekend

Happy happy Friday friends. It’s about time too. Do the weeks keep getting progressively longer somehow, or is it just me?

Thank goodness I’m off work today. I will be holed up in my new classroom if anyone needs me. Dropping off some stuff, maybe moving things around. All of it, I just want to be there. After a long week where I worked late three of the nights, I’m happy to be off today. And I have an even longer week next week with three times as much over time, so I can at least look forward to having next Friday off too.

Have I mentioned I had a race this weekend? Maybe? Because I do. Musselman weekend sure did sneak up on me. And I’ve done nothing but EAT ALL THE FOOD the last few days. So I should be a sluggish, bloated mess on Saturday. I guess it’s a good thing I was too broke to pay the difference to switch from the sprint to the half iron. The universe has spoken.

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Two miles on my lunch break. Be proud of me of for that one.

Look! I ran! I did that running thing I swore I’d do. I’ve even done it more than once this week. It’s basically a miracle because all I really want to do is lay on my hammock and eat pizza.

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I’m hoping this weekend will be a bit of a reprieve. Little bit of racing, little bit of work in the basement (not really), lots of relaxing and hanging out. I have three weekends of back to back to back racing and I’m still struggling to kind of pull myself completely back together in terms of working out and training. Who made my race schedule this year anyways!? Oh, right.

How do you get your mojo back after a big race?
Who else is racing this weekend? Volunteering? Spectating? Just being all around awesome?

Will Run For Work

Oh hump day, bless you for showing up finally. Thankfully though, tomorrow is my Friday. Gotta love the perpetual three day weekends I can sometimes finagle. I mean, I will be working a metric assload of over time this week and next week, but still, so many Friday’s off in my future!

I started off my running streak Monday, Tuesday..? Does getting dragged down the street power walking a mile with Griswold count? If not then I started Tuesday with a painful 5k run. The summer started off so mild. No humidity, sunny, and mid-70′s every day. It was glorious, perfect, everything I could want in weather. But alas, summer has found us and even for a 6am run it was already 72F and 80% humidity. Ugh, yuck. So slow and so very difficult. Like running through hot pea soup. Not my idea of fun, but I need to be running more. A lot more. Period, so it’s getting done.

He's so not sorry for having no leash manners.  Just look at that face. He's lucky he's so dang cute.

He’s so not sorry for having no leash manners. Just look at that face. He’s lucky he’s so dang cute.

Okay, so on a not training related note, remember last week when I said I had Big Life News going on? Well I was going to wait until Monday to share, but the cat’s already out of the bag at work at this point and it has leaked over to FB.

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Those are pictures of a classroom, yes, but not just any classroom- My New Classroom! I’ve already submitted my formal resignation letter at the Council and will be signing my contract with my new school district on Monday. So after three years of being out of the classroom I’m ditching community health services and heading back to education.

It all happened so fast it was kind of crazy. I got called on Tuesday being asked to come in first thing Thursday morning to interview. By Thursday afternoon after my interview I was called and asked to come in the very next morning to teach a mock lesson to ten eighth graders. They were also hiring a math teacher and were running behind, so I sat with the other two health teacher candidates for upwards of an hour before I finally went in. And by 3pm that same day I was called by the superintendent being asked to come in first thing Monday morning to meet with him. So it’s been about a week and a half now. I met with my new assistant principal Monday and got a tour of my new school before being deposited at my classroom and told to hang around as much as I liked. I was also told to come as much as I want over the summer to start dropping things off and setting up.

And that’s why I didn’t run after work on Monday. I was so elated after getting to see my new classroom all I wanted to do was go out and buy things for it. And I did. I went out after work and bought a bunch of stuff. I also need to go through all my stuff from RCSD that is in the guest room closet and attic and pull out what I want and need. I’m going back Friday when I’m off work to start unloading things into my new classroom.

My year teaching at RCSD was rough. Like seriously rough. Commuting an hour in and out each day, bouncing between three schools everyday, teaching half the day outside of my certification to kids who didn’t speak English, being treated like shit by most of the students and feeling completely unsupported by most of my administration. I came home crying more often than not. I just didn’t fit that district and it was a difficult year. That district only graduated 43% this past year and is undergoing a lot of scrutiny and problems and I can’t say I’m not sad to be there anymore. My new district has already made me feel welcomed, supported, and encouraged to be successful. I am so excited.

So there’s my big news. This will ultimately change the way I train as I’ll be losing my morning workout option. But, my new school has a super awesome fitness center in it, so I can at least run and lift after work right there at school. And I’ll still be back from work in time for spinning or group rides. Mostly my swimming time will need a major shake up. But I’ll figure it out since my tri season will be just about over when school starts up. Then it’ll be half marathon training time, so running will be my main focus anyways.

Yay new teaching job!!!!!

Tri Talk Tuesday – The Athlete’s Diet

Tuesday, you sneaky, sneaky jerk. Way to catch me totally off guard this week. But it is tuesday which means I’m all linked up with Miranda from The Cupcake Triathlete and Cynthia from You Signed Up For What to get our triathlon chatter on.

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Today we’re talking about food. Specifically how to eat it. And by that I mean what you eat as an athlete.

There are a lot of different diets and food choices and opinions about how an athlete should eat and what they should eat. There’s Paleo, Whole 30, high carb, high protein/low carb, vegetarian, vegan, and whatever else. I’m not even sure because rest assured, I’m a pretty boring eater.

My food intake over the years has been up and down. Admittedly, I’ve not had a very good relationship with food in the past. I tend to be an under eater, and take that as you will. I was a full on vegetarian for six year before picking up eating seafood and poultry again due to some nutritional deficiencies, ones that I honestly would have had regardless I’m sure. And that’s pretty much where I sit now in terms of eating.

A typical healthy meal for me, grilled chicken and veggies

A typical healthy meal for me, grilled chicken and veggies

So, a little peak into my eating regime; like I said before I am a very boring eater. Generally I food prep for a whole week and I’ll make one thing and eat it all week. I’ll have one lunch option all week and one dinner option all week. Sometimes I shake it up here or there mid week, but usually not. For the last month of so I’ve been on a salad kick too, which is good.

Right now my intake looks a bit like this-

Black coffee until lunch
Lunch is a homemade grilled chicken salad
Dinner I did not prep for this week, so probably a lean cuisine or some Wegmans Super Pasta with EVOO on it.
Snacks during the day and evening may include Luna Bars, fruit, or whatever snackies are left out at work (which is usually nothing healthy, oops)
Because sometimes this is what I really want. Or because it was the only food options in the break room. But mostly both of those things.

Because sometimes this is what I really want. Or because it was the only food option in the break room. But mostly both of those things.

Other food options I eat regularly include ground turkey taco mix with grilled peppers and guacamole, bbq chicken and broccoli, shrimp and veggie stir fry, grilled salmon and asparagus. See, boring. This is pretty much the gamut of my health food prep items.

The lean cuisines are a guilty pleasure that I’ve been eating since high school. I know they’re awful, don’t hate me, ha.

And breakfast, I’ve never been much of a breakfast eater. And yes, I workout in the mornings most of the time. I’ve been doing this for many years and my body is very adept at working out on an empty stomach. Sometimes I bring fuel to eat mid workout if I’ll be doing more than an hour’s worth. And sometimes I’ll eat afterwards, usually a hard boiled egg , a piece of fruit, or if I’m really hungry I’ll stop on my way to work for a bagel. But really, most days It’s black coffee until lunch time. And my body functions perfectly fine and normal on this schedule. I will admit though, it’s not for most people everyone. And this is my healthy diet.

If I didn’t mind being 400lbs worth of unhealthy my diet would really just be pizza, turkey dogs, pizza, mac and cheese, pizza, mozzarella sticks, more pizza. But I like being fit and lean, so all of that stuff get left off the menu 99% of the time *cough*exceptpizza*cough* 

And there it is, an intimate look at how I feed myself. This has gotten me though many triathlons, road races, half marathons, my half Ironman, all of it. So it works for me. And a lot of what comprises an athletes diet is all about what works for you and your body.

Next week’s topic is going to be race nutrition! So we’ll be keeping the food chat going and talking about what get’s you pepped up to race and gets you across that finish line strong!

 What are a few of your typical healthy meals in your rotation?
Favorite food guilty pleasure?