Friday Five – 4th of July

I’m doing a Friday Five link up again with Courtney from Eat Pray Run, DC and Mar from Mar on the Run. Tomorrow is the 4th of July, so here are 5 things about the 4th!

5. I can’t wait for the Peachtree Road Race tomorrow!! I am also excited about packet pick up and the expo!

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4. Beer is on sale at Whole Foods! So you know we’ll be getting some to sit by the pool with!

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3. The end of the week that I did a triathlon and a 10k. Whoops! Can you say rest day??

2. Our 1st married 4th of July! Not too sure what we’re gonna do, but whatever it is, I’m excited!

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1. Fireworks!!

PT Solutions Allatoona Triathlon

This past Sunday I raced in the PT Solutions Allatoona Sprint Triathlon. It was a 500 meter swim, 16 mile bike ride and a 5K run. This was my 1st time doing this race, and overall it was a great time.

I packed for the tri Friday night, because it was a busy weekend in our household. Shaun had a jiu jitsu tournament all day Saturday. This is what I packed:

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Swim

  • Goggles
  • Flip Flops
  • Swim cap

Bike

  • Bike (not pictured…) & bike tools
  • Helmet
  • Sunglasses
  • Shoes for bike
  • Water Bottle

Run

  • Running Shoes
  • Socks
  • Hat

Transition

  • Towels (2)
  • Small towel
  • SpiBelt
  • Nutrition
  • Watch

Before/After

  • Change of clothes
  • USAT Card
  • Chacos

I also packed stuff to sleep in Acworth since we got a hotel so we didn’t have to wake up super early and drive.

Shaun’s tournament was pretty fun to watch, and he did really great!

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After his tournament, we ate dinner at the CNN Center, went back home to switch cars, get my bike and Mac, and headed to Acworth.

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Since we were pretty close to the race and I had picked up my packet earlier in the week, we didn’t get there until about 6:45AM. I didn’t get my stickers for my bike & helmet so I did have to pick those up, along with my timing chip and get body marked. It was kind of crazy for a second situationg myself, but I got it together. I also got my bike checked out by Cannon Cyclery to make sure all was well before I started.

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They were running 15 mintues behind, which gave me time to get everything ready in transition, stretch a little, and of course hit up the porta potty!

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Finally it was time to start. The swim went crappy..as usual. I always have high hopes that I’ll swim freestyle and stay calm, but that never seems to be the case. It was a struggle and I was constantly getting kicked or kicking people. There was a point that I did backstroke for a bit just to collect myself. The water temp was 84 degrees. A little too warm, but what are you gonna do? Eventually I made it out of the water at 13:18.

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Next up was the 16 mile bike ride. I was excited for this one since I knew it would be a good course. It was similiar to the Acworth Women’s Tri’s bike. Everything was great, I accidentally ate a little too many sports beans at once, but it turned out to be good for me.

I don’t remember the mile number, but after I turned off of Cobb Pkwy, I saw a rock in the road and thought “someone better move that out of the way!“. I came out of the curve and saw a woman on the side of the road trying to change her tire. As always I called out to see if she needed help and she said the tire won’t come off. I slammed on my brakes, jumped off my bike and ran to her. Part of me was like “what are you doing!?!?!” and the other was all “can’t let a fellow triathlete be stranded like this!”.

She wasn’t kidding, that tire was a b*!c4 to get off! I ran back to get my tire lever, and as I was an equestrian truck was about to pull in the driveway my bike was in front of, so I had to run back, grabbed my bike and ran with it to the woman. Nucking Futs!!

Eventually she got the tire off and sent me on my way. I didn’t get her name or anything, but I hope she finished the race! It probably added 4 or 5 minutes to my bike time, but I don’t regret it. My total bike time was 1:03:59.

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Next up was the lovely run! I knew this one would be hilly, but somehow it wasn’t as bad as I remembered! I ran about 95% of it, which in my book right now, is great for me. Even my mile splits weren’t bad! My hip did bug me, and so did my foot, but I stuck it out. My total run time was 35:03.

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My official time was: 1:55:21. Not too bad…6th in my Age Group.

500 Meter Swim, 16 Mile Bike, 5K Run

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Next up, the Peachtree Road Race on the 4th!

 

 

Friday Five – Five Things that Make Me Happy

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I’m doing a Friday Five link up with Courtney from Eat Pray Run, DC and Mar from Mar on the Run.

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5. car hunting
Maybe not 100% insanely happy about it, but it’s always exciting checking out new cars and thinking about what you’ll be riding around in next.

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4. Mumford & Sons
Finally getting to see Mumford & Sons in concert last week! I first heard of them 5 years ago before I went to study in London, and almost went to see them, but the show was a long train ride away on a “school night”. This was a great show (they’re even better live), and special because they were a band Shaun and I really got into together when we started dating.

3.triathlon training
I am happy that triathlon training is in full swing this summer. Kinda bummed I haven’t been on my bike as much since my last race earlier this month, but swimming is going good. Running is hot, tough on my mind, and makes my right foot hurt after so we’re not really friends now.

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2.officially done with my thumb saga
My last doctor appointment was on Monday! It has been a long 15 months of surgeries, physical therapy, and adapting. I’m happy to finally have a kind of closure on it.

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1. this guy & this dog
We have had a ton of fun lately (as always) enjoying the weather, and snuggling and night.
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Tri Talk Tuesday – Race Day Etiquette

Race day etiquette is a very big part of race day and how you like the race. From the moment you park, to when you leave, a lot is going on.

First of all, I have yet to see this, but an athlete drop off area in places where you might be parking far away from check-in and transition. That would be so nice. But since that isn’t really a thing, being nice to others while they unload their race junk gear is always appreciated. It is pretty stressful when you arrive early in the morning, short on time and need to get body marked, transition set up, use the porta potty a million times, and figure out your game plan.

Don’t take up all the space at the bike racks! I always seem to arrive later than most people and have had to scoot people’s bikes down on the rack to get mine on there. I always ask around to see if the owner is nearby, but sometimes you just need to make a little space.

Don’t take up space on the ground! We are all in this together… Don’t make me feel like I must have all of my transition necessities in a shoebox. Also, if you decide to sit down during transition and block my area…you just better move!

If you’re passing on the bike, announce yourself . Sometimes I don’t always hear people with super quiet bikes coming up behind me… Let me know you’re gonna pass before you start to pass.. Not while you’re next to me!

Cheer everyone oneven if you’re racing too! If someone is passing you, cheer them on! If you see someone who was walking start to pick up the pace, let them know you’re excited. Just because you’re in the race doesn’t mean you can’t cheer!

And my last one, don’t just stop while swimming . If you need to stop for a second while swimming, please move to the side 1st. Swimming is a tough part of the race and stopping dead in front of people causes crashes!

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Tributary Retro Triathlon

Last week I did my 1st triathlon of the season, USA Triathlon’s Retro Series put on by the Peak Racing Team in Atlanta. It was held in the Tributary community in Lithia Springs. The pool swim was 300 yards, followed by a 6 mile bike ride and a 2 mile run.

This race was not at all flat! There were hills on hills on hills, and I somehow survived.

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My overall swim time was 4:57. I thought I would be much faster, but this pool swim quickly became crowded and hard to pass multiple people at once. Next I spent 1:59 in transition. I wasn’t 100% unpacked in my transition area because I ran out of time before the race, so I had to dig around in my backpack for my nutrition. I totally forgot to find my sunglasses, but luckily it was a short ride and not too sunny.

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I caught up to my mom at the end of the ride and rode with her for a few minutes. I spent 1:11 in transition putting on my shoes & socks for the run, and she not only caught up to me but started on the run a few seconds ahead of me!

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We ran together until the tail end. I wanted to finish in less than an hour and was unsure of how much there was left so I took off, but the finish wasn’t that far away. The run took me a total of 22:02.

 

Total Time: 56:37 minutes

I ended up finishing 2nd in my age group, and got a sweet neon green mug for it! My mom finished 3rd in her age group! Pretty awesome! Maybe now she won’t ‘retire’ from triathlon!

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