Tuesday, April 28, 2009

gimp...

well, the hip issue turned into a big hip problem. I found out a week ago that I have a stress fracture in the neck of my femur = not good. So, I'm on crutches for a few weeks...the exact number is still TBD. It's at least until May 14th when I get another x-ray to see if any healing has taken place. The good news is that they caught it early. It's not displaced and no surgery required at this point...as long as I listen to the doc. and stay off it. Normally, I'm not so good at listening when I don't like the advice, however, I think the seriousness of what could occur hit me hard. So, I'm going to be a good girl and listen this time.

Anyway, I can't walk or run (obviously), can't bike and can't swim...well, I can get in the pool and use a pull buoy and no wall push offs (note: I've always HATED pulling but it's still something in the form of exercise, so I'm doing it).

So, it's been a long week...lots of tears and lots of frustration but I know that I'll get through it. I've been blessed with some amazing friends and family that are helping me! I'm going to use this time to take a little break, slow down, enjoy the non-triathlon life for a few weeks, and catch up some friendships that get neglected by weekend training.

When I can finally get back at it, I'm going to learn to train smarter!

Pat and I leave for Puerto Rico tomorrow and from there we're off for a seven-day cruise to the So. Caribbean. This was planned well before the injury and crutches, so actually comes at perfect timing. A week of eating, drinking and working on the tan. Although, it will be interesting trying to use crutches on the beach...

Anyway, that's the update. Could be better...could be worse...either way it still sucks but I'll get through it :)

Monday, April 20, 2009

My first road race





This weekend I did my first road race-Devil's Punchbowl (in Pearblossom Calif.) I had a blast being a "roadie" for the weekend! Ok...I'm SO NOT a roadie. I think you have to be fast and way cooler that I am to be a roadie. Anyway, it was a 32 mile race which featured two 16-mile loops with 1500 feet of climbing per lap, sharp descent, uphill finish. In other words, an interesting first road race to select. However, I really just signed up for the company (see photo) and because I thought it would be really fun to do a road race for Moment Cycle Sport (the Moment crew is awesome).

Anyway, prior to the race, I was offered some advice by those that know their stuff. The talk included forgetting about the triathlete in me for the day (i.e. let the other girls help you, ride with them), don't let yourself ride alone, and some additional climbing, sprinting and descending in groups tips. I went in with a perfect strategy! Unfortunately, this strategy fell apart about two miles into the race when my concentration was lost for a second. I became distracted and lost the lead pack. I spent the next few miles trying desperately to catch them and soon everything I was told was thrown out the window. I did find another girl and we took turns pulling each other for a bit. However, I lost her at the end of the first loop and the competitor in me couldn't wait for her to get it together...so I took on the second loop alone. It was tough. Hot. Dry. Windy. Lonely. And Hard as Hell. I just kept trying to catch the lead girls. I never did catch them. In fact, I couldn't even see them by the middle of the second loop. I ended up finishing 6th. I was happy with that for my first one though. I even stood up and sprinted to the very end. Not because anyone was near me (because I was all alone) but because it looked fun and I had seen everyone else doing it :)

I'm not sure I'll be quitting triathlon to become a road racer anytime soon but it was a great experience and I think it will make me a stronger rider. Plus, I'm dealing with some major hip issues (that's a whole blog entry in itself but I'll spare you for now), so running is out (weight bearing exercises aren't liking me right now).

The rest of the weekend was relaxing and fun. Had a great coast ride with some awesome friends on Sunday and have some sweet tan lines to prove it.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

supersealing...

Life has been exciting! Lots of training, working and having fun!
However, I’ve been spending so much time reading all the other fun blogs that I haven’t been great at keeping mine updated. I figured with my first race of the season down (and first Olympic distance ever) it's time….

I think I might be going backwards in the world of racing. Most people start small/short and go big/long (i.e. Ironman) after some races under the belt. I’ve taken the opposite approach. My race history (before Sunday)consisted of only two triathlons under the 70.3 distance and they were both the Carlsbad Triathlon (love this one--long swim/short run). Anyway, this season I’m trying new things and putting together a full race schedule (this is still in progress, but I do know my big race is Vineman 70.3).

Anyway, back to my mini race report for Superseal Olympic (I’m not great with all the details so never will have a FULL really cool race report).

I was so nervous about this race. I think it was the combination of the FAST girls I knew doing the race and the fact that I had no idea how to race an Olympic distance. Well, I survived and actually had fun out there. I also learned a few lessons along the way...

Swim (18:32) - The swim course was a little confusing--way too many buoys. I'm still trying to figure out what the point in the buoy obstacle course they had us go through was? Anyway, my swim felt pretty good. I knew I needed to go out hard on the swim and get my lead there. After the swim, it was only a matter of time before I got dropped :) The worst part of the swim was when I was about halfway I looked next to me and there was a guy (in my wave) swimming backstroke just as fast as my freestyle...CRAZY and very odd. I lost him in the buoy mess but wish I could have met this guy. I'm still wondering if he turned over at all.

T1 (3:13) - Well, I was not expecting our local news station (KUSI) to be in the transition area. Let's just say that the reporter decided I would be his subject and he came over microphone in hand and started talking about the triathlon and filming my transition--announcing to me that he was live. Yikes...snot down my face, total awkward wetsuit removal with my shorts almost coming off with it. I wanted to tell him to get out of my face, but since I work in public relations and deal with the media on a daily basis I figured it wasn't the best move (always nice to have the media on your side).

Bike (1:08.53) - I've put in a lot more time on the bike over the past few months and I'm finally starting to feel stronger. There is still room to improve but overall I felt good and for once I didn't get dropped by too many of the girls in my A/G on the bike.

T2 (1:00) - I learned that this is too long for the bike to run transition...I came in to transition second in my age group and left third...oops.

Run (50.19) - I've been working on my run but I realize that I still have lots and lots of work to do. It can be hard to keep the smile and not feel defeated as you watch all the runners pass you. However, I do have to say that one runner that I was okay with passing me is Beth
..and she did...right around mile 5. If you're going to get run down it might as well be your good friend, right? I just may have started focusing on her race at that point and not my own. I saw how close she was to catching the girl in third and knew she could do it. It was awesome watching her run the girl down for a third place finish in our A/G. Beth's a crazy fast superstud and makes it look so easy! I finished feeling like I was about to throw-up or pass out (thankfully, neither happened).

So there it is, my first Olympic...good times and some pretty intense soreness.