Hagerstown Duathlon Recap

I hope everyone had a great weekend.

Saturday morning I woke up at the crack of dawn to drive an hour with my dad to Hagerstown, Maryland to compete in a duathlon. Way back in April I did the same duathlon and this happened to be the second of their series for the year..so it was the exact same course I did before.

My dad and I had waited to register for this race race the day of so we couldn’t kind of decide last minute if we wanted to bail or not. I won’t lie- it was FREEZING but the cold I can handle..there was no rain in the forecast so we decided to just do it. Waking up was tough because of course it was about 34 degrees out and the first frost was on the ground. A little early don’t you think October!!? I mean really now.

Anyways- by the time we got down there it was about 38 degrees, but one of those days you could tell would be freezing in the morning but would warm up later on. Deciding what to wear was difficult because I hate getting hot and not being able to peel layers off. I finally just decided to wear a long sleeved tech tee, underneath my bike jersey (no tri top today- too cold) and put a thermal bike jacket on over top. Bike shorts and my purple compression sleeves were also a go to. I honestly just prayed it would work and went with it…

Prior to the race I had coffee, 2 pieces of toast ,and a half hour before the start I had a peanut butter gu – my favorite of course!

I’m happy to say, I felt great before this race which was really exciting. My legs felt good even though I had run and done a lot of spin classes that week. I hoped I hadn’t overdone it, but my body seemed ready to go. I was just hoping to hold off any side stitch issues that have been bugging me lately.

I was at the start line when I realized I had let my watch at home. Crap. With all the layers I hadn’t even thought about putting that on. Now it’s no fancy watch but I like to just have the time running so I can see where I’m at. I figured oh well- seeing the clock at transition and on my bike computer was the best it was going to get.

The two mile run I was definitely very cautious because of the side stitches. Lo and behold I made it to mile one without a stitch…so I picked it up from there and finished the 2 miles. i had no idea what time i had finished in because the clock was running from a previous 5k that started before hand so I just grabbed my stuff put my shoes on and threw off my thermal jacket because I was very warmed up at this point.

I grabbed my bike and took off toward the bike exit. I clipped in with success (YES!) and took off. This course was a big 10 mile loop on the roads around the park. This course was slightly scary because the roads were not closed and at some points there were cars close to you. Thankfully MOST of the time there was a decent size shoulder on the roads but sometimes the shoulder turned into a turning lane (yikes). This course was slight rolling hills- nothing crazy but different than the last duathlon which was a straight flat out and back. I enjoy loops far better than the straight out and back. (It’s kind of discouraging when you see the super fast people already turning around passing you and you’re like ffff i have so much longer- but that’s just me haha)

The worst part about the bike ride was that you forget how it’s going to be so much colder on there..the crosswind was tough at some points on the road where it was open. I felt good on the bike though..my quads weren’t tiring and so I pushed it as much as I could. I try to do this just for the fact that I know my runs are my weakest part so it’s all out on the bike to make up for that time.

Finally I made it back into the park to dismount (success again- yes!) and I ran into the transition the best I could.

My body was completely numb from the torso done not even lying. Running in to change my shoes was probably hilarious if you were watching because I could barely feel my fingers to undo my shoes and get my running shoes back on. Unbuckling my helmet was not an easy task either.

Anyways, once that was done I took one last drink of gatorade and took off on the 5k course that started out like the 2 mile run. I loved this run because it wound through a littler trail between trees and wasn’t boring like the beach run.

However, not gonna lie- the first mile was terrible. My whole body was numb, my legs were tired and in the mode where they feel like they’re a thousand pounds. I finally loosened up after the first mile and when I hit the turn around point on this run I decided I felt good and felt like I could bring the pace up more to hopefully kick it in hard. The moment I was able to see the final turn and straightaway to the finish I kicked it in as much as I could.

When I saw the time coming across the line I was excited because I thought it had beat my previous time for this course! I was completely exhausted so I”m glad to know that I did the best I could that day. BOOM.

Final time: 1:24.01 Beating the previous time by 30 seconds!

Post race carb fest- (Already at the donut WHOOPS!)

Even better yet- checking the results I finished 2nd out of 6 in my age group! YES medal and podium time!! πŸ™‚ ( I look like a GIANT!)

 

  • How was your weekend?
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Adventure Race

Hi everyone! I hope you all had a great weekend πŸ™‚ I had a very, VERY, busy one with work- but one on Saturday was at least a fun time! (Besides the super early wake up call)

I helped work an Adventure Race that was through the gym that I work at.

This included for racers:

  • 4 mile trail run
  • 2 mile paddle (canoe or kayak)
  • an obstacle course
  • 8 mile mountain bike course
  • Total Course Length of 14 miles

For an idea of what it all looks like- check out this video!

That part where they are carrying the tire up and down the hill is where my Hydration station was! The hill was absolutely ridiculously steep! Most (as would I) got off their bike right away and walked up to get a tire and carry it back down and back up..they then got back on their bike to complete the bike course. As they came down with the bike tired I gave them delicious cups of High Quality H20!

I may have looked something like this after being out there for like 5 hours… It was hot and muggy..and even rained at one point, but not for too long. The racers said the mountain bike trail was crazy..very muddy and many said they fell many times and were covered in mud. But they said it was a lot of fun. Watching races only makes me want to do the race too! It looked like A LOT of fun! Well. Sorta.

This is the hill they carried the tires up:

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That doesn’t even do it justice! That probably had to be one of the worst parts! One girl did get turned around and lost during the bike portion! I felt so bad but she said she still enjoyed it- even tho it was much longer than she wanted to be out there.

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That’s the trail that bikers came out of. Sorry I don’t have more pictures of them but I was busy with directing racers and handing out cups! Overall, a very fun day- but exhausting and I did even race!

Well that was my main excitement for the weekend. Other than that I worked, worked, worked some more. Oh AND rode my bike in my new Lulu gear. It’s absolutely awesome! Everything feels so comfortable-like second skin! Very smooth. I need to save some more to stock up.. It’s okay, right? πŸ˜‰

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Also very sorry I’m so awkward at selfies. Never know how to hold my phone… But the outfit is so dang cute! Love it! I did a really great 17 mile ride and one mile run after on Sunday and it was awesome. Improved by 12 seconds on the run πŸ™‚

So, how was your weekend? Would you do anything like the adventure race? Ever volunteered at a race?

Adventure Race

Hi everyone! I hope you all had a great weekend πŸ™‚ I had a very, VERY, busy one with work- but one on Saturday was at least a fun time! (Besides the super early wake up call)

I helped work an Adventure Race that was through the gym that I work at.

This included for racers:

  • 4 mile trail run
  • 2 mile paddle (canoe or kayak)
  • an obstacle course
  • 8 mile mountain bike course
  • Total Course Length of 14 miles

For an idea of what it all looks like- check out this video!

That part where they are carrying the tire up and down the hill is where my Hydration station was! The hill was absolutely ridiculously steep! Most (as would I) got off their bike right away and walked up to get a tire and carry it back down and back up..they then got back on their bike to complete the bike course. As they came down with the bike tired I gave them delicious cups of High Quality H20!

I may have looked something like this after being out there for like 5 hours… It was hot and muggy..and even rained at one point, but not for too long. The racers said the mountain bike trail was crazy..very muddy and many said they fell many times and were covered in mud. But they said it was a lot of fun. Watching races only makes me want to do the race too! It looked like A LOT of fun! Well. Sorta.

This is the hill they carried the tires up:

20120813-235216.jpg

That doesn’t even do it justice! That probably had to be one of the worst parts! One girl did get turned around and lost during the bike portion! I felt so bad but she said she still enjoyed it- even tho it was much longer than she wanted to be out there.

20120813-235359.jpg

That’s the trail that bikers came out of. Sorry I don’t have more pictures of them but I was busy with directing racers and handing out cups! Overall, a very fun day- but exhausting and I did even race!

Well that was my main excitement for the weekend. Other than that I worked, worked, worked some more. Oh AND rode my bike in my new Lulu gear. It’s absolutely awesome! Everything feels so comfortable-like second skin! Very smooth. I need to save some more to stock up.. It’s okay, right? πŸ˜‰

20120814-000242.jpg

Also very sorry I’m so awkward at selfies. Never know how to hold my phone… But the outfit is so dang cute! Love it! I did a really great 17 mile ride and one mile run after on Sunday and it was awesome. Improved by 12 seconds on the run πŸ™‚

So, how was your weekend? Would you do anything like the adventure race? Ever volunteered at a race?

How was your Christmas? Any last things, new toys, snow!?

Olympic Fun Friday

Happy Friday! It’s a little bit rainy here so not he cheeriest of weather. but oh well! Today I got the opportunity to go over and guest post for Andrea at Food Embrace! She is a fellow Sweat Pink Ambassador, so check it out!

As you all know my deep love for the Olympics..I have to post the hilarious things floating around the internet about them lately. You’re Welcome!Β 

1. This Ryan Lochte video…

I cracked up soooo much watching this. 7 x 4 = ….. ?

2. Diving Faces

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3. Terrifying Synchronized Swimming Faces

It’s the nose plugs right? and the make up. yah that too.

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4. Her majesty herself

5. McKayla is not impressed.

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6. Princess Kate

7. Off with her head!

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8. Phelps – Lochte

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9. Olympic Mean girls!

10. Best Doppelgangers

So go ahead! Spread you Olympic fever a little more and enjoy on this Friday!

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Friday Things

I sincerely apologize to any of you who actually read my crap…I’ve been a terrible blogger for sure. This week has just been busy, and also I don’t have much to talk about…? Work is well- you know how work is..it is pretty slow right now so… ANYWAYS. THANK YOU to anyone who actually keeps coming back to read this crapthing.

Friday Things..since all I have to talk about is random. Seriously.

1. These things are what I”m using to attempt to not have a scar the size of my entire leg…we will see how that goes. BioOil and Scar zone here I come..

I know it looks horrendous… ugh. Also the scar zone stuff has SPF in it..good thing since…

2. I”M GOING TO THE BEACH!

I know what you’re thinking..”seriously? again??” yes, again! This time with Drew’s family! yay! Only a few days so I can get back to work, but still- It will be a nice get away! I will be reenacting some of this!

3. I love pedicures and manicures.

They’re the best seriously. and Gel manicures last forever. These things are both highly necessary for the beach! You can’t tell but the base of my french manicure is super sparkly! woo

4. This is how I’m greeted when coming out of my room. Don’t you just want to DIE.

and then she wags her tail at me. swoon.

5. Β That’s really all for now…I’ve got a ton of things to do before I leave to meet Drew and his family tomorrow so… i’ll catch ya on the flip side!

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  • What are you up to this weekend? Anything fun?