Race day

Five am. It time to get up and get ready for the race.  

I have a good breakfast and enjoying a quiet house. I have my bag all packed up and loaded into the truck. 

That is when I notice, Cash a two month old goat kid is missing.  I really don’t have time for this.  After climbing through the trees and fence I find him. I get him untangled and  in a pen that I know he can’t get out of.  15 minutes behind schedule and I am on the road. 

Got my transition area set up and was ready to go. An hour wait for my 915 start. That was the worst part. I a not good at waiting and waiting on race day is even worse. 

  
Swimming with four new ladies and we decide that I am going to swim last. Out of the four us. I was keeping steady pace the with the lady infront of me. I kept thinking that I should pass but at the same time it was probably a good thing I didn’t because I had to go that little bit slower. Which helped me in my bike. 

The transition was not as smooth as I was hoping. I couldn’t get my capris up and my shirt got stuck on my back. I managed to get it done and out on the trail. 

The first round went well other than the goose in the path. Second and third round found more people walking the trails and more geese. I had to tell myself to slow a couple times as I could feel y chest tightening and it getting harder and harder to breathe. 

  
Second transition was much easier. Exchange helmet for cap and out I go. 

  
Two laps of the run. I didn’t hold my 3 and 1 that I wanted to but I did get it done and I ran across the finish line.  50 minutes start to finish. I am pretty happy with that  

  
It was great to have my husband and kids were there to watch and cheer me on. I look forward to next year and continuing my training trough the summer and winter.  

  
Stay tuned to hear about my crazy farm adventures and my fitness achievements. 

The end is in sight 

So sorry for not blogging in the last couple of weeks. Life has been crazy and I haven’t trained in the last week. 

Why? You may ask have I not trained in the last week. Well last Monday after we biked ( it was a great bike that I really really pushed myself in) I had a coughing spell that lasted s good ten minutes.  Then it happened again several times on the way home. I didn’t have a great sleep either. The next morning my gym buddy and I decided to do a gravel bike ride and I coughed and coughed and coughed some more. It seemed any time I did anything  remotely physical I went into a coughing fit.  After a week of coughing I went to the walk in clinic and the told the doc what was going on.  I was also very clear that I had a triathlon on the weekend and I needed to finish it standing.  After doing a couple quick little test he tells me that he is almost certain that I have exercised induced asthma and prescribes me an inhaler.  Well life is getting better with the inhaler and I will finish Sunday on two feet.  

Tonight at the race kick off we got our start times and lanes for swimming.  I start at 915 in lane 3. Come out and cheer me on. Bring big signs and a camera. I can’t take selfies while I run. 

After the kick off I rode the bike course once with the wonderful Rhonda and then a second time on my own.  Guess what I didn’t cough up a lung afterwards. Yay. 

Watch for a race day blog. Can’t wait to do this and kill it. 

BrICK

Thr first brick workout was postponed due to snow.  I have been looking forward and dreading it all at the same time. 

Volunteers went through how it was suppose to go and off we went. I have been riding with the intermediate group so I decided to stay with it.  The group was splitting into to and Nav was the leader of one of the groups. I decided I had to be in her group because well I think she is awesome, even thou I don’t know her, I know enough to know that she excels in the sport and that she would push me.  

We started the sessions with a fast to me 3ish km and a maybe 500 meter run.  I am getting comfortable with the bike and push myself harder and harder.  I was thinking wow that was much simpler then I thought it would be. Nav informed us that we were going to do it again a couple times so on our bikes we hopped and out on the road.  Down the road 1.5 turn around home stretch I decide I am going to really push myself into the transition.  Wait what just happen Nav went past the entrance, wait no this can’t be happening, no.  Yep she is taking us up ravine hill. Oh my I don’t think I can do this.  Guess what I did it. I made it up the hill.  Short break and off we go.  Wait no if we go down the hill here that means we have that hill all the way back to transition. She is trying to kill me.  Stop sign at the bottom off hill I better start braking . Oh s**t wrong brake.  I recover from almost going a**over tea kettle. My heart pounding it feels like it’s going to explode. Thank goodness I am at the back and no one saw that.  Wait what if I would have crashed no one would have noticed. Stop can’t play what ifs.  Make it up the hill and then go for a run not sure how far the run was, I know it was more then enough for this girl. 

As always lessons are learnt at sessions.  My most prominent lesson of the eve was pace myself always always pace myself.  Second lesson I have come a long way from week one but I think a Nav lead session is out of league.

Swim, run, swim

Its been a crazy couple of days out here on the farm so I am a little behind in my blogging. 

First of I have made it habit to swim for twenty minutes or so before we run on Thursdays. I am really enjoying the extra pool time, plus the light bulb always seems to come on when I am in the pool alone. 

Thursday nights run was AMAZING.  I was worried about doing three and ones but my only other option was one and ones.  I wasn’t going back down to one and ones.  I made up my mind that I would set my own pace and not let anyone finish the run alone.  Michelle led us up and down bridges, up stairs and at a great pace.  We all started together, and we all finished together. 

Today at swim it was endurance training. Holy freaking crap. I was hoping that this far into training I would be in better shape. I work myself too hard when I start with the group, I quickly get out of breath and then I am screwed for the rest of the swim. I need to learn to just set my own pace.   Today’s swim consisted of 50 warm up, 50 legs only, 50 arms only, 50 hydrant, then came the endurance, 25,5 sec off, 50, 10 sec off, 75, 20 off, 100,25 off, 75, 20 off, 50, 10 off, 25. Cool down with another 50. I may try it again on Thursday. 

Came home for a quiet day with kids. The rain kept me from yard work so I did some quilting instead. 

Here is a picture of the customer quilt I finished today  

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