We finally got the tent up and called it a night around 9pm as it was pouring out anyways. I even tried to ask my honey if we should pack up and go down to Seneca Lodge which had cabins, Nice warm cabins down the road! He wasn't giving in to that either. My man is a redneck by heart. He was enjoying this. I like camping. Dont get me wrong. But I don't like thunder and lightning!
Saturday was nicer. The breeze through the woods was a little chilly in the morning and there were a few sprinkles. I kept praying the rain would hold off for the day.
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|My New K-RUUZ!!|
Transition, in and out in 1 min. Not too bad. Tried to keep shoes on the bike but figured Id do it the second time around
Bike- The bike was challenging. I thought it was better the opposite way but hey I had to do it the right way! There was a gradual hill that seemed like it never ended about a half mile in, then a awesome decent, then a not so bad hill, decent, then a flat section, decent again to nasty hill. We had to do this 3 times. I was having a hard time with drinking out of my aero drink as I cut the straw a little too short so I had to lean forward to take a drink. I was also mad that my bike computer crapped the bed. I couldn't see my speed or cadence. Which may have been a good thing as I went on feel instead of pounding it all out. I spun up the hills but should've kicked it in gear faster on the top and decents. I think my time would've been a bit better. It was hot the first time around so I focused on drinking. Ave speed 17.5 MPH
Transition- no issues- 1 min again I think
Run- My stomach started bothering me on the bike but thought nothing of it until I started to run. About 3/4 of a mile in I needed to go to the bathroom badly. I stopped at the rest room that was on the course. I new it would cost me. After this my stomach was still off but I managed to smile, think about putting one foot in front of the other and keep going. I waved to my brother-in-law (who was racing too) and said I am having trouble and kept going.
Transition- Again no problems.
Bike- The last 3 laps were ok. The first one was the better of the 2. I just felt awful. I focused on hydration and intake at this point. I drank, ate a gel, downed a Scap. By the 3rd loop I was feeling a little better. I tried getting out of my shoes but only could get one out! I stopped at the line and took my shoe off!! Ave speed 17.0mph
Transition- out in 48 sec
Run- I felt a knot in my Left thigh. I shrugged it off and kept running. I thought. I am not cramping up here. It cannot be happening. I kept talking to myself. High cadence, high cadence, deep breaths, deep breaths. I started picking people off in front of me. 2 guys. It felt great. At the end, I rounded the corner and picked the last guy off, almost running into him, and getting to the finish line!! My honey was taking off the timing chips. I let him take it off my leg. At this point I couldn't move my leg for a minute, my stomach was off and I felt like I was going to vomit. Another person asked me if I was ok. I must've looked bad!! I said I was fine and kept moving. I grabbed Ice water from the volunteer table and grabbed my things from my brother in law who got my stuff for me from transition.
Ending time 2:09:00. Enough to make 4th in my AG. 24th Female Overall.
We had a post race BBQ where I couldn't even eat a thing without feeling like I was going to vomit. I spent about 15 min in the bathroom afterwards. I Don't know why this happened. I watched some of my teamates get their awards. Said congrats. Talked to coach about my tummy troubles and she was baffled. I put on a happy face despite feeling like crap and I think this is what got me to the finish line. Otherwise, I think I would've given up. But I also knew my honey was there, my team and coach and I didn't want to let any of them down and told myself Im finishing regardless of what my time is!!!
Happy and Safe Training!!!