Some people say that you should not race in new shoes right out of the box - you might get blisters etc. Technically I didn't race in them right out of the box (I wore them around the house and did a two mile run in them) But I raced in them and they felt FANTASTIC! They have a few models out, but the N2's are right up my ally. Keep an eye out for these folks - they are bas ass.
So I'm not going to bore you with this race report since it's a boring race. Out and back. Yep - they really work your for the $115. But I did PR which I am SUPER excited about.
The morning was chilly - as you can see by our post race photo. But it was perfect weather for running.
(And I did see a lady sporting a full length mink coat in running gear while we were doing our warmup. If I only had my camera!....)
My only goal was to get a 1:45 I did not care if it was a 1:45:49. Just somewhere a 45 needed to be in my final time.
Place: 18 out of 257 people in my age group
Total: 212 out of over 5K people!
People in the south evidently have a thing for Vera Bradley bags (Since she is the main sponsor) and will walk a half marathon for one.
And I would love to give a shout out to my AMAZING sister who did the race in a 1:59!!! Way to go Allison!
But I'm glad to be 100% back into tri training. AHHH...it feels good to be back on my bike and in the pool!!!
Next post - bullet proof coffee. Nectar from the heavens that will keep you going all day!
I have been working my ASS off all 'non-tri season' working on my run. As I've said before, most of it is a mental battle for me. I've been racing so many road races this winter that I've lost count, but I think they are helping. Wait. I know they are helping. Coach wanted me to 'race myself fast' - and it's paying off. Anyway, this weekend I have the Seaside Half Marathon which is my last run of the off season. Now, this race rubs me the wrong way. Because it's SO FING expensive! $115 for a half marathon that is an OUT AND BACK! Yeah yeah, Vera Bradley sponsors it - and you get an uber cheesy bag when you finish. But $115! Anyway - it's in my back yard and everyone I train with is racing so I was suckered in. We will see how it goes!
This is the last time I ran this race - dressed like an Easter egg.
Anyway, after this race it's FINALLY TRI SEASON! OMG. I've been running so much, and I'm totally burned out and ready to get on my bike!
One of my first races of the season is Rev3 Knox on May 5th! Now, this year Rev3 is rolling out their age group race series and Knox will be their Championship race in 2014 (which hopefully I will qualify for!) So - what is a better way to scope out a championship course then to race it?
Check Kelly Williamson's blog here from last years Rev3 Knox race. Oh yeah, she was also the winning female pro! Pretty bad ass.
So, what races do you have on your schedule for 2013???
I work in the hospitality service - and I know a thing our two about how much is costs to stay in a high end house on the beach on a four star resort. Some of our higher end clients appreciate a call from a member of our management team welcoming to the property and maybe discuss some of the events going on the week they will be enjoying their stay. Half the time we are leaving messages, but guess what? They call back, appreciating the call.
Now - lets talk about triathlon. I've been doing triathlons FOREVER - you go onto active.com, pay who knows how much money for nothing tangible at the time. You might get a few e-mails, but nothing personalized until checking in when you get your bib and racing stickers.
How would you feel if a member of the racing company called you directly? Saying 'Thank you for signing up for _______ and we can't wait to see you!' and then discussing other events going on race weekend for you and your family to enjoy?
Well, that is something awesome that REV3 is doing. Jonathan gave me a call, thanked me, and then we discussed all of the other exciting events going on the weekend for Rev3 Knox. He even answered some of my questions. And I know for a fact that he had NO idea that I was even on the team.
Talk about hospitality. REV3 just took it up yet another notch!
Have you not signed up for a Rev3 race this year? DO IT! And the handsome Jonathan will give you a call to chat!
Rev3 Quassy has less then 250 slots open - and several other races are still open! Get in while you can!
So last year I decided to get a new bike. I love love love the Duchess and she fits like a glove (of course - she's a Quintana RooCD0.1!! ). But the princess needed to go to a good home. We've been through a lot and she's an amazing bike. So, almost 10 months of searching - I found her a new home!
Carmel is new to the tri life - and she's also coached by coach Karen. Karen felt the princess would be a perfect fit for her. After chatting with Carmel - I knew I the princess a PERFECT new home!
Congrats and I know the princess will treat you well!
Carmel also decided to join us for REV3 KNOX! So pumped. I can't wait for tri season to start up!
Ok gentlemen - the big day is coming up. Yep - that's right. VALENTINES day. Back in the day when me and all my friends were single, we would call it 'FU Valentines Day' and just extremely drunk. Obviously that was when we were all single, drunk, and AWESOME! Well - those days have come and gone, and us ladies take this day seriously. Seriously men - if your lady says 'don't get me anything' it's a test. And don't fail.
So - here are some of my absolutely favorite things that your swim/bike/run lady will LOVE!
My girlfriend Rebecca has some amazing stuff on this site - in fact, I have one of her sweatshirts on right now! But the shirts have a fantastic cut that is uber flattering. She also has some killer coffee mugs (which I use almost every day) and some great bags as well! And you are supporting an awesome company! WIN WIN!
These products are amazing. If your lovely lady is a swimmer - the Triswim products will keep her smelling not like chlorine and looking fantastic. If she is a cyclist - well, the Trislide product is a must to keep her lady parts feeling good after those long training rides. I've been using these products for quite awhile - and they are awesome.
And for the lady who does not like to write her own swim workouts:
Workouts in a Binder (real creative name, I know) but I've been swimming since I was eight, and this by far is the best book of swim workouts I've used. There is a huge selection of choices ranging from focusing on sprints to distance. And...are you ready for this? It's WATERPROOF! I know - best idea ever.