for the house!
lisa~If J isn't acting sick other than the congestion, I would probably wait. Most infections WILL clear on their own, so unless she seems like she doesn't feel right, I'd wait and save the antibiotics. And I would see how you feel tomorrow for the run. If you're feeling significant better, go out and see how you feel once you get running. Otherwise, just call it taper. You'll be fine (and still kick my butt).
I headed out early this morning to go meet a friend from the beginner triathlete message boards to carpool up to the race (since my previous carpool fell through when my friend decided not to race once they cancelled the swim
). I didn't know the guy very well, but he was a most excellent carpool buddy! We had good conversation the whole drive!
I picked up my packet (which was a surprisingly long line considering you had to pay extra for race-day packet pick-up) and headed to transition to get set up. I still didn't really know what shoes to wear, but decided to go for my lightweight racing shoes (not an entirely bad decision, they were ok). Transition closed fifteen minutes before the first wave, and I was in the last wave (of 5, going off 5 minutes apart), so there was some waiting around. I did take a quick jog, just to pretend like I was warming up.
I made some new friends in transition, just because I find it practically impossible to stand in a crowd of people and not find someone to talk to.
Eventually, there was just one wave left, and off we went. For some reason, our wave consisted of 24 and under women, 19 and under men, 35-39 women (me), and 50 and over men. Random much?
The first run wasn't too bad. I just kept trying to tell myself that it was ONLY two miles and that I could suck it up and try to go fast for that long. The dirt road was crazy rutted because of the rain, but it evened out a little after the first quarter mile. The turnaround came pretty quick, and we were on our way back. My official time for the first run was 19:18, for a 9:39 pace, but it was a little long. My Garmin said 9:14 pace. The sad thing was that as I was coming into T1, the leaders from the first wave were already coming in off the bike and heading out for the second run. Just stupid fast.
The bike for this race is really flat and fast, but my legs were tired. I could really feel my recent lack of training, and especially the fact that I haven't been on my bike that much. It's a three loop course, and while I got passed a little on the first two loops, I was definitely also doing my share of passing. And then on the third loop, I hit a bump and my Garmin popped off (which is really weird, because it was on my wrist, not on the bike mount). It took me a few seconds to realize what had happened, and then I had to slam on my brakes (from about 20 mph) and turn around to go back to get it. I figure I lost at least a minute thanks to that. And I got passed by a group of about 8, too.
Bike time 41:37 for a 17.9 mph average.
T2 was uneventful except for the giant rock that I stepped on as I was running back to my spot (in my socks). Ouch. My foot is bruised.
The second run just plain hurt. My legs were DEAD. So much for feeling cocky about the bricks I've been doing.
I was really hoping to get under 30 minutes for the 5k, but it wasn't in the cards today. I ran 31:18 for a 10:06 average. Honestly, not that bad, considering I had to walk through the aid station on the way back in and stop for a second to stretch my quad out.
Total time was 1:34:23. I was hoping for under 1:30, but not in the cards today, and I'm ok with that. Considering I was most definitely not well-hydrated, well-rested, or properly fueled, not a bad day!
I gotta say, my transitions were pretty darn good (1:02 and 1:11), which is something, at least!
Oh, and remember my mystery sore glute/leg from yesterday? I figured it out. The bar we were at on Friday has a bowling alley, and we bowled. One game. ONE freaking game worth of "squats" while I was bowling. I mean, seriously? SERIOUSLY? Who knew that BOWLING was something to be avoided pre-race? Edited by tjsmama - 5/22/11 at 7:47pm