It has been a heck of a few weeks. I had an awesome race at Bridgeland but found out later that night that my step-dad passed away. This was shocking news to me as he was only 66 years old and led a lifestyle that I think many would be envious of. Well sort of. He was a treasure hunter (I think that's what you would say). Anyway, he lived in Ecuador and traveled a lot and did lots & lots of scuba diving, looking for sunken treasures. Yes, we thought he was nuts but to be able to follow your heart and do what you love regardless of what others think is kind of cool. Life is short...too short. You never know when someone you love will be gone so this is a reminder that we need to take advantage of every opportunity we have with our families. Ok, off my soap box.
Bridgeland was a success. Long story short, the swim was slower than I had planned but the water was so warm! Everyone had slower swim times. Mine was just a lot slower. :) My bike was a strong 18.6mph. After going 20 & 19.5 in my last two races, I of course wanted to see something in the 19 range but as I looked at all the times, I saw that I was exactly where I should be...top 1/2 of my age group. I really, really wanted to push my run. After the 1st mile I was at an 11:12 pace and thankfully, my Garmin never showed me another split. It was hot but I was pushing. My coach had told me that I should be under 11:00min/mile and I was just trying my best to do that. Official results had me at 10:52min/mile. I'm not going to lie, I wonder if they calculated correctly. Well, I'm not going to worry about it. Official is official and who am I to question authority. :) At the end of the day, I was pleased. I'm not going to lie, I was so pleased, I may have shed a tear or two.
|See, I told you I looked cute! Shout out to the Ta-Ta Tamer from Lulu.|
|Me & my honey pre-race. Note to self: consider racing w/ makeup. :)|
|Headed for the finish!!!! Man I look determined.|
So with those two races behind me, I'm in training mode through the end of September when I hit the Houston Olympic Triathlon. This will be my 3rd year doing this race and I have high hopes for a big PR. Shhhh, don't tell my coach I'm already obsessing about my time. :)
Happy training y'all!