Sunday, June 27, 2010
Marty rode his bike to Wilmington on Friday (134 miles). I worked all day, packed up the car, and met him and Tom and Richard at a bar in downtown.
Saturday morning we ran an open water swim clinic and got to practice running into the surf and swimming in the waves. Then Marty and I checked out the Fort Fisher Aquarium.
We also got Tassie a present from the gift shop which she seems to enjoy.
This is a wacky race. It's like no other sprint triathlon you'll ever do because there are so many different things that are a part of this race that you don't normally have to worry about.
375M ocean swim
1.5 mile run
1.5 mile run
375M ocean swim
The water was relatively calm - only some breakers at the beginning and then a bit of rolling for the rest of the swim, but this race has been seriously rough in the past, and sometimes is inundated with jellyfish so I count us as lucky this year.
Although there were several open women signed up, there were only 3 of us that made it to the starting line. There were a bunch of open males and open masters males and they decided to have a scrum at the start of the swim, so I said, "well, go ahead boys, I do not feel like fighting with you all today." I think I rounded the first buoy last in the wave :) But caught a few guys right after and came out right with the 2 other girls. A quick run up the beach to find your shoes, then some nice sugar sand running - not my favorite. We ran over the little foot bridge and then through the baby pools that are so nicely set out to clean off your feet. I was off and running and in first place very quickly. I also was able to pass a couple of the guys who beat me out of the water. The run is completely devoid of shade and with temps in the 90's and humidity off the charts it was really freaking hot.
I was by myself as I approached the next transition (different from the first) and was not directed into the correct entrance and had to turn around and backtrack. Cost me about 20 seconds and more annoyance than anything. I hopped on my new Cervelo P3 (or as I like to call it, the Bri-3! hahaha!) and the bike was pretty uneventful. I still find it hard to go super fast when I'm by myself, so think I most definitely could've gone faster and will keep working on it. I did not make it around the 2nd U-turn without unclipping -- I'm such a rookie! But that turn is TIGHT and has about a billion cones and cyclists coming out of transition right in the next lane. I got skerred.
Off the bike and now onto the 2nd 1.5 mile run. On the bike I saw I had a really big lead on the 2nd open female. I was able to catch one guy early on in the second run, but then it was by myself again. And it was so hot. And I definitely lost focus out there.
Back to the beach for the final swim. First, must run through the sugar sand and get rid of the shoes in my little spot. Then you have to run DOWN the beach about 300 yards, back up through the sand to go under the start banner and then finally in the water. This is the part of the race that is really annoying, and oops, also gotta get that swim cap back on the head which was not an easy task for me. But oh the water felt so good this time around. Ahhhh, I guess I should start swimming :)
I stayed nice and relaxed on the second swim - no one was ahead of me or behind so I enjoyed being out in the ocean. On the way back in I totally got smashed by a wave and then thought I was close enough to stand. Tried to touch the bottom....nope. But here comes another wave - try and body surf it in! Almost!! Got a little push...now can I touch the bottom? Nope. At this point I realized I really needed to stop playing around in the surf and GET TO THE FINISH LINE!
Ended up 2nd overall to a girl who raced age group. Fun race and weekend!
Thursday, June 24, 2010
This video is pretty cool - reactions of people when we scored. See, we can like soccer, too.
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
Is Marty's t-shirt appropriate or what?!
Upon arriving to the house (which was SO MTV cribs) we quickly settled into a relaxing evening. Alysia made us a specialty drink from the Mellow Mushroom called Purple Haze which we called Purple Hooter all weekend because we are that mature.
Here's the beautiful sunrise from our back porch that we all got up to see each morning. Just kidding, Heidi, our early-riser, snapped this picture while the rest of us were fast asleep. Especially Kari. Note to self: DO NOT under any circumstances, wake Kari up in the morning.
Saturday morning we gathered in the kitchen/dining room to get all of our pre-ride instructions.
Our friend, Alisha, was leading the long ride group, I was leading the mid-range and Marty was leading the shorter ride. We also had Rachel driving SAG.
Our house was on a very, very steep hill. And before the turn for that hill was another steep, steep hill. It was seriously ridiculous. When we were driving in Thursday evening we were laughing/crying about riding up them. Of course, pictures never do hills justice, but trust me when I say it was crazy. Here are some of us comtemplating riding down the steep driveway. We all ended up having no problems going down.
Kari is quite incredible with taking pictures while riding...uphill.
So I may have misinterpreted our ride cue sheet and not that we got lost, but we missed a big chunk of the middle of our ride. It said after going over the viaduct, you will turn onto 221. Well, we went over some bridge like thingy and 221 was right there - I asked the group, is this a viaduct? To which everyone said, uh yeah? Anyways, no harm as we tacked on a bunch of the Blue Ridge Parkway and got some more great pictures.
We all did a short transition run off the bike, then this is what the house looked like in the afternoon.
After some lounging around, we regrouped for a 5mile run on a surprisingly flat greenway in Boone.Training was done and it was time for dinner and games!
A group of us played Apples to Apples and it was a lot of fun, especially because I won :) I know, I am obnoxious, and truly I have toned it down from when I was younger - I don't know, I just get hyper-competitive in games like this. But we really did have a good time and I only yelled out I WON a couple of times, with a couple of AWW YEAHS thrown in. We did have total Victorious Secret domination, though, as Alysia finished 2nd and Kari was 3rd.
Saturday morning we went to Moses Cone park and a bunch of us ran to the Fire Tower.
I'm really not sure what the Gaal's are doing in this picture. Am I flexing? And why is Marty using MY shirt to clean his sunglasses?
After the run, we hit downtown Blowing Rock for some ice cream! YUM.
More naptime before we went to the pool for a long swim.
The pool was competely empty! So we took every lane but one just in case someone else came to swim. No one did so we ended up taking that lane, too. We did have some locals stare at us for a long time, apparently, no one swims in this place.
Some people did 5,000 meters. I was not one of them.
We had a huge dinner that night.
And more purple hooters :)
The doggies had lots of fun, too. Mocha and Alex (boys) were constantly wrestling and Tassie wanted in so bad, but they kept ignoring her - poor Taz! But she did get lots of foot massages from everyone that stayed at the house. There was one morning where we actually had another totally random dog in the house. He apparently waltzed up the back steps and in through the porch, then laid down in the middle of the kitchen with everyone milling. It wasn't until Marty said, "Where did this dog come from?" when everyone realized he wasn't supposed to be there (oh, another dog?). Turned out it was the AC repairman's.
After dinner we had a very energetic game of pictionary. After 2 hours (and the team I was on was in the lead, ahem), it was decided that we must stop playing and have a worm-off. What is a worm-off you ask? It's when people do the worm and everyone judges on who's is the best.
This then devolved into a total dance party. I may have also shown everyone how I can clog.
I bet there are not many tri camps that end up like this!!
The next morning was the last day of camp - sad!! Some people had to leave early Sunday, so it was smaller groups for riding. But Kari, Alysia, Erin and I found that dang viaduct!
The group (minus a few) - great weekend!!
Monday, June 14, 2010
- Open water swim clinic at one of the Jordan Lake beaches on Saturday morning. Warm water and a great group. I got to paddle around on Marty's rescue board which was super fun.
- Hot run afterwards through Bond Park. At least it's shady in the park, not so much on the run to and from. I made it an hour and it was the opposite of fast, but it's something. I'm slowly going to work on building up the run mileage again.
- PT appointment with the always awesome Lori von Alten. She is fantastic but the appointments are highly frustrating. This is a common conversation: "Ok, Bri. Try and use (some muscle)
to lift (some appendage)." " Am I using it?" "Nope." "Now?" "Nope."
- Helped Marty mark up the swim caps for the morning. It was getting late and some people got some silly nicknames on theirs.
- 5am wake up to get out to New Hope Overlook for the Jordan Lake Challenge. Two cars packed full of t-shirts, awards, soda, ice, cooler, bikes, and 2 surfboards.
- Marty successfully unlocked the gate without any trouble - biggest worry going into the morning!
- I manned the packet pickup table with Kari who so nicely offered to help us out. We were cool under pressure when the line got long. No matter what happens in the future, she will always have a job at the Gap seeing as she can neatly fold a t-shirt and stuff it into a tiny bag in 0.5 seconds.
- Oh yeah, we both did the race, too. I think we warmed up about 20 yards.
- Race went good - finished in 25:27 and 1st in my age group. I was the 10th female overall.
- Marty, Kari and I had a steamy bike ride afterwards on the rural roads of whereever the heck we were. I saw a sign for Sanford at one point.
- And then because she obviously hadn't gotten enough of us, Kari and Bobby met us out at the Flying Saucer later on for some cold beers and yummy pretzels.
- I crashed hard that night and slept like a zombie!!
On tap for this weekend - cycling camp in Boone! We have a great group of friends and athletes going with us and I can't wait for Thursday to get here when we drive out there!
Saturday, June 12, 2010
They franchised and kind of exploded in Florida over the past few years. They've also started popping up in other in states, including one in Raleigh. Even though it's not that far away (~20 min) Marty and like to stick in our own little 5 min radius bubble so we hadn't been out there yet. But last night I had a hankering for some T-Flats so there we were for dinner. And the nice lady at the counter told us that they were going to be opening one in Cary in December. Sweet!
And even better news - it's going right next door to our favorite grocery store (Trader Joe's) and just down the street from my favorite ice cream shop (Goodberry's).
I love this town.
Thursday, June 10, 2010
Now we’re in the 2nd year of the Triangle Open Water Swim Series, with the 2nd race of the season occurring this Sunday at Jordan Lake. Marty dove head first into figuring out what he needed to do to get this going (all the permits, logistics, safety, personnel). We also teamed up with the group at FS Series and they co-own the series with us – I can’t say enough great things about them.
The swims are fairly low-key events, but we received good feedback from last year and it seems like people enjoy the events. We added another date this year that now includes a 2 mile and 1 mile swim. We’re hoping to keep them going for years to come and have them continue to grow. Last year at the Jordan Lake swim we had around 120 swimmers; right now we have just over 150 signed up for Sunday so we’re moving in the right direction!
We donate some of our proceeds to the pool we swim at, and the rest covers the costs of putting the race on. This year we have a couple of sponsors which helps out (we certainly aren’t getting rich off of these swims anytime soon ;)
Anyways, I hope if you’re racing you have a good time and come back out again! I’ll see you at packet-pickup and in the water.
Tuesday, June 8, 2010
Here they are all sitting for cookies.
What the heck were we watching?!
I checked out the entry list and saw some familiar names from racing up in this neck of the woods a few times now. And another name that looked slightly familiar. So I did what any triathlete does (you know you all do) and googled her -- oh, she is very fast. Way faster than me right now (I'm a realist). Goal is now to finish 2nd.
Smiling for the camera as I finish up.
- Swim more than twice a week
- Bike more than 75 miles a week
- Run more than 15 miles a week
I know this is ridiculously low training, and I can be semi-competitive in a sprint off of this, but there's no way I would expect to do this and be competitive in an Olympic distance. I also really need to stay injury free on the run, something that hasn't happened since the Disney half marathon in January.
Okay, blah, enough of that, here are more pictures :)
Despite what this photo may indicate, I'm really not a giant.
So we tried to recreate it this year.