Gaye - you look amazing in your pics! You rock star.
RM - Thank goodness it's fixable, though spending the $ is a drag. And on the middle school topic, keep us posted! I didn't chime in, but we have also had our MS struggles. DD1 was homeschooled for those years, and I'm still debating what to do with DD2. I still have 2 years to get something figured out, choose a school or decide on homeschooling. I hope you figure out something that feels right for your family.
Real - I agree with all the others about seeing a dr. about the coughing. It sounds seriously annoying to have that hanging over your head.
Jo - I saw your pics up on FB from your visit with your friend - you look radiant!! You are so pretty anyway, but the picture was fantastic. When does your school year start, btw?
JG - Any chance of getting a ride in with those new aerobars? Sounds fun.
La4 - so sorry to hear about that tummy bug. You might have already had it, too, after feeling crummy yesterday. Hope everyone is feeling better soon.
Plady - Good job on the decluttering. How did our parents manage to raise a family without a single plastic bin? How?
RR: Last Sunday's tri!!
I set my alarm for 4:30 so that I would have time to shower, eat and finish packing my things in the car. For breakfast, I had a peanut butter sandwich and coffee, then a banana and water in the car on the way over to the race site. I arrived at about 10 till 6, so I had time to pump up my tires and make my way over to the transition area. Still lots of time to pick a good spot, get my number and get marked, etc. I met a few people from my tri group and another group that I had ridden with - spent some time chatting with them. I didn't feel really nervous once I got my transition area set up. Really, not until the waves started grouping up for the swim. At that time, I just spent a few minutes with my own thoughts and remembered my mantra.
My goal was to be steady on the swim. I did not want to ruin the whole thing by panicking or losing my rhythm by getting out of breath, and I knew I might try to go out too fast. The water was surprisingly nice, it was warm and not as gross as I thought it might be. It felt so nice compared to pool water, actually, that I really enjoyed the swim. I did bump into a lady on the way to the first buoy, and one other time on the 3rd leg (different lady), but otherwise, I thought the sighting went pretty well. The swim was 600 yards, and I don't remember feeling any fatigue, though I do remember being glad that I was done with it! My DH was waiting to snap a picture of me getting out of the water, but he actually missed me and only got a nice rear shot of me jogging toward transition.
My goal here in transition was to be calm and not get flustered. Considering that, it actually went pretty quickly. I gulped some water and a bit of fuel, because I am not good at drinking on the bike and I knew I would need something to get me through the ride. It was 13 miles,
I started out on the bike breathing kind of heavily until my legs got warmed up. I pushed myself, but nothing too crazy, just enough to feel like a good, steady effort. Many people passed me, but seeing the time now, it was actually better than I expected. I only passed maybe 2 or 3 people, usually on mountain bikes. I really do need to practice drinking/fueling on the bike. It's just too long to go without, I think, and it kind of came to bite me in the rear during the run.
This next transition took a little longer than it should have because of switching shoes, drinking, fueling and generally just spending too much time there. Then, the run... well, I was just pooped from the ride, and it took me probably the whole first mile just to feel like my breathing was regulated. By then, of course, the heat just made me feel very tired. I really did not feel like I could have run it any faster. The last 1/2 mile was so hot, I could not wait to be done. I did manage to lay down a decent sprint at the end, but still.
At the end, I met up with my family, hit the port-o-potty (which was just unspeakably disgusting, but I guess that's par for the course), got some refreshments and then my DD helped me clear up my transition area and drove back home with me. It was all over before 11 a.m.! What a great way to spend a Sunday morning.
So, overall, the time was 1:31:07! I was super excited about that, because my initial estimates were around 1:45. This puts me right in the back of the middle of the pack. Not a bad place to be! I am definitely planning on doing another one, maybe in August.