Monday, May 11, 2009

And it all started here...

This time last year it all started. The crack habit called triathlon entered my life. I've tried my best to limit myself and to not OD - but it's too late for that. I'm a goner. :) Call intervention - I need one!!

This past weekend was Gulf Coast 70.3 in good old Panama City Beach. It was so much fun - and about a million degrees! We ended up relaying since two of us are doing Florida 70.3 next weekend. But it was so much fun to cheer everyone on - Cow bell in hand, you could hear me a mile away. And the freaking cow bell gave me blisters!!! No joke!

Anyway - short race report - the swim was challenging. That is the best way to explain it. Rolling waves that blocked you from getting into any pace. I'm not sure how many people they pulled out of the gulf, but I know it was quite a few. But 37 min later I was running out like a bat out of hell to trade off with Lisa. Lisa took off on the bike and totally rocked out the ride. For the first time EVER on that course - the wind actually agreed :) Amanda took off with the final leg and had the worst of the the heat. And she ran in all in black! The best quote of the day from Amanda "Once I figured out to pour water and ice down my bra - it felt awesome!" She is so funny.

Lisa and I ran around the whole race with those cow bells just chatting with everyone and cheering everyone on. It's always hard for me to relay - but again - it's so great to be a cheer leader. So - here are a few races from the race:

That night we all went over to the after party at Scooners to eat wonderful BBQ and drink beer. We ended up sitting at a table with this awesome lady named Susan Ford who ended up getting 2nd in her age group! Anyway - she had on temp tattoos on her arms that said 'Ivan - Husband. Sponsor' We all got a kick out those. She said when they ordered them, they had to get 1000. So she wears a few of them every race! Love it! And it's always awesome to see the hot triathlon men in normal clothes. whoohoo! Eye candy left and right!

So - sitting there drinking and chatting away as they are announcing the age group winners - we hear them say "Buff Bitches"! What?!?! Our relay one 3rd! Ha! Who would have thought? So Lisa and I make our way through to collect our winnings :)

All of the triathletes started to clear out and the 20 somethings starting to file in. Jason and I hung out for awhile with one of our friends who's a bartender in that sweet bar. We go up to the crows nest to check out the gulf. And we hear it. SNOOP DOG. With excitement we run down the stairs and out to the beach (with a small caravan of people behind us who where freaking out about having drinks on the beach. Come no now) Anyway - we ended up just hanging out on the beach jamming out to snoop dog. We could hear him. See him. AND we had sweet beach seats. Perfect.


After having a few more 'cups' of wine - Jason and I decided to head out and act like total tourists. The sling shot was calling us. We've been talking about doing it forever. And it was a freaking BLAST!!! And somehow Jason sweet talked the girl working to give us the DVD. Don't worry - I'll post it soon :)

I would like to though out a HUGE congrats to 'Little Chloe'. She came in 1st in the kids triathlon on sunday! Her and her family are just awesome. Check out her blog and her sweet race report!

Overall it was an amazing weekend! Congrats to everyone who raced over the weekend!!

9 comments:

Melissa said...

What a fun race report! Sounds like a tough swim!

What is the Slingshot? Is that a tourist bar? Good luck next weekend at the 70.3!

And contrats to Little Chloe :-)

Missy said...

Nice, I'm so bummed. Congrats to your team! Oh, the slingshot. That's how you know the end is in site. I gotta get back next year...

D10 said...

Sounds like you had a fun weekend! Congrats on the relay finish.

kim said...

CONGRATS!! Y'all rocked it! Jeff's bummed he missed Snoop, but would've come if he'd had your seats ;-))
And, um, can I admit, I have no clue what the slingshot is?

Amy said...

Way to go! I loved the text messages on Saturday night. Sounds like a perfect weekend. Congrats on the relay finish too! I can't believe you've only been doing tris for 1 year. Impressive.

Bill said...

Any day you get an award is a great day. Sounds like you had a great weekend. Good luck next week in Orlando. I was looking to jump into that one, but it sold out. I'll have to live vicariously through your event report.

Heidi Austin said...

congrats on your 3rd place finish!The ocean was a lil rough last year too :( I wish I could have been there... Maybe next year! Ps-love the relay name!

Charisa said...

Good luck next weekend!!

Judi said...

sounds like a fun time!! esp getting to hear snoooooop!! good job on placing too! you guys look good.