Wednesday, August 14, 2013

summer days

It's hard to believe it's nearly the middle of August and the end of summer is creeping up on us :( The past few months have just flown by.  I'm a little sad that our days of sunshine, cycling outside, and shorts/tank tops are limited, but at the same time I am looking forward to Sept/Oct and fall (not winter!).  

After GWN, I took nearly a week off, with only 1 or 2 easy workouts between Mon-Fri, then got back into some training that weekend.  I decided to jump into the Leduc Victory triathlon (Olympic), as my sister signed up for the sprint last minute and Deb was racing the Olympic, and I knew it would be a super fun time racing and hanging out with them.  And it was!  There were a couple other STARRT team members who raced as well, so it was good to see some friends out there racing.  

 Leduc Victory triathlon - Kelly, me, Alice, and Deb

I had a great race overall but the 1500m pool swim was tortuous!  I had a crappy swim.  And then my stupid saddle fell down again in the first few km of the bike.  It's totally my fault, as I adjusted it the night before and must not have tightened the bolt enough.  I was still able to ride halfway decent, but certainly could have been faster.  The run went awesomely, I felt strong and smooth the whole time and had no issues.  I ended up fastest female overall (2:11, run course was a tad short), and won a bit of cash as they had $ for top swim/bike/run splits and I had them all for female :) So that was nice, as it paid for my race!

This past Sunday, I raced one of my all-time favorite races - St. Albert sprint!  This was also the 2nd year STARRT put on the Newbie Clinic, which is a 7 week program of swim/bike/run for brand new triathletes, and culminating with the race.  I really enjoy coaching this group (swim portion), and it is so great to see such motivated and keen people, eager to try their first triathlon.  Everyone did awesome and more importantly, enjoyed themselves at the race!

My race went well - I ended up 1st in the 30-34 AG, 3rd OA female.  I was really hoping to snag the OA female win, but it didn't quite work out that way.  However, there were only about 35sec separating the 1st-3rd female, so it was definitely close!  My time was 1:07.25. They changed the run course this year and made it way harder with many hills, and despite this, this is a slight PB for that distance!  Nothing wrong with that...
My finish - apparently I just keep on running even after the finish chute/timing mat (lol)

I've got some more exciting races planned for the remainder of the year - likely just one more triathlon and the rest running races, but stay tuned for further details!  

Trying to get a little creative in the kitchen - with watermelon cake!  It's very simple.  The icing is the cream from coconut milk (store in fridge overnight), whipped with some honey and 1/2 tsp of vanilla.  Side topping is sliced almonds and shredded coconut.  Top with fruit and you're good to go!