After doing my last week negatively sad post (I will try to keep those posts to a minimum), I am happy to report two things:
- I turned 37 and survived
- Had a pretty sweet race
- I got a haircut
That made me smile and feel ready then ever to race. My parents and sister were our support team and they did a great job showing up at random places on the course.
|Cutest parents wearing their NJ Metal sweatshirts - REPRESENTING|
|Bright and Early at 5:30am|
Swim - 1 mile (36:36)
T1 - 5:16 (REASON BELOW)
Bike - 20 miles (1:03 -19mph)
There was a lovely head side wind on the way up - it was a 1/2 loop course so I would guess about 60% of it you were going into the wind. I just kept my head down and tried to keep steady, especially when a semi is flying by you on the AC Expressway and almost knocks you down. The only "hills" were a couple over passes. My garmin stopped working on the last mile but from what I gather I was doing about 15-17 in the headwind and 20-23 on the tailwind...Overall, a nice little PR speed for an Olympic/International distance. I know I started easing up the last 5 miles, I think I got a little bored of no one being around me and the flatness....I need to get my head in the game as I think it cost me a little in speed.
T2 - 4:45 (Same as above)
I saw my dad coming off the bike and then right before my run, this put a little kick in my step and he said mom and Theresa were up on the boardwalk waiting for me to run by!
Run - 10k (54:20 8:46/mile)
This was a PR on any 10k whether that is a solo run or part of a tri, so I am quite happy with this and I think it really shows how far I am coming in getting back to the 8 min mile (goal for next year). I saw Christine on her way in which gave me a little motivation. I felt really good, the weather was awesome. The only real complaint I have on the race was being stopped for traffic on the way to the boardwalk....as you watch people go ahead of you....whatever, what is done is done. I got up to the boards and felt real good, I wish I had my Garmin to push me but instead I worked on passing one person at a time. I saw my sister at Bally's and she said mom was at the Borgata. A girl I passed on the bike earlier, was running by me so I figured I should try to stick with her. I could tell my heartrate was getting a little higher, I would guess (since I am a stalker, the girl did 8 min miles) that we were going about 8min pace, after a mile I decided I wanted to have enough gas for the end. I saw my mom and gave her a high five and went on...I can't tell you how much emotion I feel when I run here, there was so many memories of my childhood with my family and grandparents. My grandfather worked at Resorts and as I passed it I remembered walking with my grandmom as a 7 year old from the Golden Nugget to Resorts to see him and then catching a tram home. I remembered watching these casinos being built and torn down, Trump building the most elaborate looking ridiculous casino...good times....as I remembered all of this I just put one foot in front of the other, I felt really good and steady. When I got to mile 5, I felt good enough to speed it up, although I had to stop 2 more times for traffic...I am pretty sure it only took about a total of 30 seconds of all the stopping so I don't think it would have made a huge difference.
Total Time - 2:43:46
|Our number 1 fan - Theresa!|
After all this, we went to breakfast for my birthday, showered and got back on the road. Mike was taking care of his dad, so he got home a little later and we celebrated with some cake and beers and a movie with a couple friends. Sunday, I continued celebrating by spending the day on full birthday mode: reading, wine, sun, and then dinner with Mike.
I had more
AND just to be sure I am vacation ready, I started my week of detox before I leave 10/2 - which means coming up with some fantastic recipes that are detox-friendly - I think I may be the only one that gets excited for a detox...and detoxes BEFORE "toxing" on vacation. See this post for my detox (I sometimes add in greek yogurt and eggs since this is not a full vegan detox although I had done it full vegan in the past for detox), obviously everyone is different and here for some relevant recipe lists...also I follow the various nutrition posts on my right hand column - Edible Perspective, Daily Garnish, Gluten-Free Goddess for some great recipes :)