Monday, May 18, 2009

Dear Disney,

I love racing in your corner of Florida. Do you know why? Because you have nice, clean bathrooms. And not only that, they are NEVER out of TP. Ahhh...what every racer dreams of.

Love,
Chloe


Random thoughts - I'm very tired and my brain is fried from driving, racing, driving, and then a hard long workday. So here is a super short race report - more detail later:

Florida 70.3 was awesome. Had a blast with my friends. Jason was an AMAZING cheerleader. And I cut some time off of New Orleans with a 6:11!! Whoot whoot! I know it was shy of the under 6 hours I was hoping, but I cut time off of my bike which really made me happy. Karen and Jim where under 6 hours and Lisa had some issues with the heat - but she still finished with superwoman strength. No doubt. What has she done since April? New Orleans 70.2, BOSTON MARATHON, then the relay last weekend, and now this?!?!? She is a machine!!

The swim was flat, the bike was flat, and the run was hot as hell. (how do you like that race report?) I seriously think that we where running in hell - on grass, around swamps. But the volunteers where AMAZING. Every mile (it was a 3 loop run) there was pretty much a buffet of anything that you needed. Water? Yes please. Ice? Down my top. Grapes? Oh yeah. So a big cheer for the girl scouts, boy scouts, and who ever else from the Orlando area for keeping us cool!! You guys where amazing!

All in all the race was great. The set up was amazing (who would have thought that there would be a horse right next to my transition?) the support can't be beat, and the organization was awesome. It was hot - but hey, we're in Florida :) I'll be looking forward to doing this race next year!

Here are my shoes before the race:

And after:

2700+ people running on grass + aid stations = nice dirty mess :)

In other news....
Little Chloe Swam in 3 mile bridge swim in P-cola over the weekend and did awesome! I'm always kind of creeped out by that race - a swim in the bay? Right next to a huge bridge? Ugh. I don't even want to know what is swimming around me! Congrats to Little Chloe!!

Ok. Random and short. Congrats to everyone else who raced over the weekend - specially Little Chloe, Melissa and Jim (flatout buddy) !!!

15 comments:

Keith said...

Shoes. Nice and clean, to too gross to wear in one race. Amazing.

Hot is hard, but it sure sounds like you had fun!

Robert Lejeune said...

Grats on your race :)

Your shoes looked amazing, before the start ;)

D10 said...

Well done! Those are some pretty dirty sneakers. Oh, and clean bathrooms and TP can definitely make a race.

FLATOUT JIM said...

I am so jealous. I want to do this race some year.

Congrats.

jen said...

Congrats on the race! Racing in the heat is tough.

kristen said...

Nice PR woman! Looks like you ended up running through mud and muck. Sounds like you had a ton of fun too. Very inspiring.

Amy said...

I need your tips on racing in the heat. Congrats on your PR. You are a freaking rockstar!!!!!!

RR said...

Awesome job!

Chloe said...

Congrats to all 4 of you -- especially your PR!!! Sounds like it was awesome!

KK said...

Great job, way to PR. I agree that racing in the heat and humidity is ultra hard. In fact, I run faster at altitude than I do in Florida so maybe that's worth something. Still you smkoed it, congrats!

Jamie said...

Bummed that you didn't get to break that 6:00 mark, but at least you have a goal for your next 70.3! Glad you had a fun race too.

Missy said...

Sorry about the 6 hour, I was watching for you online. Hey, it's been hot as hades down there so I have no doubt that you nearly melted on the run.

Nice toilets, huge bonus.

Bill said...

Now you know how funny logic got me to sign up for the full IM. In the Half, you end up doing the run in the heat of the day. If you do the full, you are riding during the hottest times with at least some self generated bike breeze. Congrats on the PR. I've no doubt you will achieve that sub-6 in the near future.

Amy Beth Kloner said...

Glad you had fun... again! You have a great attitude.

OK why are your shoes so nasty? Did you pee in them?! :)

Marni said...

I know this is late but great job at Disney!!! Looks like you had fun!!
-marn