We're back from White Lake - what a fun weekend! Saturday I got to cheer for all the half competitors, hang out with friends, meet new people and relax in the room that we had right at race site. We had some of our girls from Florida up racing and it was nice to support them. Definitely a bummer for Marty, catching my bad cold and having to stop on the run. He has a good attitude about the whole thing but I know it just plain sucks to be sick and try to compete.
I have to be honest - I was very apprehensive about my own race. This past week I did very minimal training because I still wasn't feeling 100%. I was trying to balance working out a bit so as not to lose too much more fitness while also not pushing anything too hard which would just slow down my 'getting better' process. And I just wasn't sure how my body was going to respond to a race this weekend. My confidence had been shattered by how much it let me down at St. Anthony's. I know I was sick, but you just don't expect to feel THAT bad and then you start questioning your abilities and training and everything else. I swam twice this week and that was okay (in between coughing fits on the wall), rode my mountain bike twice for 45min and ran twice (but one of those was only for 10min). I can't say I felt all that strong on anything. But each day I was feeling better and better - still blowing my nose like it was a very leaky faucet and coughing a bit but definitely on the upward swing.
Okay lets get on with the race report already! The water was 75 and my sleeveless wetsuit felt great. I got off to a good start and the main pack of swim studs didn't leave me in their wake after 3 seconds like normal. Maybe more like 20 :) I rounded the first swim buoy and Amie and I were right next to each other. I breathe more to my left and she was breathing on her right so we were practically making out with each other, haha. I felt very smooth and in control so at the last buoy I decided to pick it up a notch and I dropped people! That so never happens to me but I really felt good in the water. I made it to the ladder and then started the long run to transition. I felt like a rock star with everyone cheering my name - thanks guys!
For probably the first time ever, Chris Tommerdahl was running her bike out when I was running up to the rack. I did the usual fumble-with-the-wetsuit-why-won't-you-get-off-my-ankles and was soon on my bike.
I didn't break any speed records on the bike, but I felt about 100 times better than I did at St. Anthony's so that was great! It was a bit windy in spots, like always at White Lake, but at least I could push the pedals this weekend.
Off the bike and I'm still in second. I head out onto the run and I just don't feel like myself at all. I don't have any spring and I could just not get going. I managed to hold onto second with a very bad 5K split (for me) of about 20:30ish. It's too be expected because I think running is the first thing to go when you have to take some time off and have been sick. I'm pretty sure that with a few workouts over the next couple of weeks I can get back down to where I was pre-St. Anthony's when I was feeling strong.
This was the Best of the US qualifier for North Carolina and Chris will once again be representing our state. Even though she's technically a pro, she's 23 which allows her to compete at the event. She'll do great out there and hopefully finish even better than she did last year.
So all in all I'm happy with how everything turned out. Thanks to everyone who cheered me on and gave me words of encouragement. And congrats to all finishers from both races!