And That’s Why We Practice

7 06 2011

So, how many points did you get yesterday in Chloe’s game? I believe I only had three:

1-Spent time with friends:

2-Ate a delicious salad: Cilantro Lime Chickpeas on top of some greens (recipe from Heather’s Dish)

3- Raced!

I didn’t do the Zooma 1/2 marathon with Chloe (which, by the way, she ROCKED!)

(Stay tuned for race recap tomorrow!)

I did a sprint tri this weekend! I’m a DC Tri Club member, and the club organized a training triathlon on Saturday morning.

The race was a 400 meter pool swim , a 16.5 mile bike, and a 3.0 mile run, pretty typical for a sprint tri (though this run was a wee bit shorter).

My day started bright and early, with my alarm going off at 5:20 in the morning. The race didn’t start until 7am, but I was picking up a friend at 5:45, and we were supposed to be at Hains Point to set up between 6:20 and 6:40am. Yes, I love this sport THAT much to wake up that early on a Saturday morning.

After setting up in our transition area (aka the grassy median), we headed over to the outdoor, 50 meter pool to start. We were seeded by swim time, and my estimated time put me as one of the top seeds. The race director split us up by number; odds in lane 5, and evens in lane 4. Odds would swim in lanes 5-8 and evens would swim in 4 back to lane 1, snaking up one side of the lane, down the other and then going under the lane line and doing it again. We left 30 seconds apart, in hopes of no traffic jams.

I jumped in and pushed off, and not even halfway into the length, I felt the velcro of my watch strap come loose, and the watch was very close to falling off. So, mid stroke, I grabbed the watch with my other hand, and shoved it down my tri shorts.  Classy, I know, but I didn’t want to lose it on the bottom of the pool!

When I got to transition, I threw it on my towel and forgot about it. Mental note: replace the strap on my watch.

Once in transition, I started to put on my socks. Now, I had brought my favorite pair to wear for the bike and run. I got them at Lululemon (LOVE!) and they are so comfy and breathable.

If you look closely at these socks, you see a little “L” on the left food and a little “R” on the right foot. Now, what do you think that means?

When I set up my transition area, I put my left sock in my left shoe, and my right sock in my right shoe so they’d be all ready to go. However, when I’m in a racing mindset, I don’t really think about which sock goes on which foot. I just throw them on and go.  Well, I wasn’t thinking and just grabbed a sock and threw it on my foot. I certainly did not pay attention to which shoe it came out of. So of course, it was the wrong foot. Doh.

For half a second I considered leaving it on the wrong foot and going with it, but since it was only a practice tri, I took the time to swap it to the proper foot. Mental note #2: next time wear socks that are designed for both feet!

The bike and run were less eventful. The ride was super fast, I think I was holding around 19mph. The run wasn’t too bad either, but I certainly didn’t feel warmed up until about mile 2. I realized that this was only my 3rd brick this season. Mental note #3: Do more bricks!

All in all, I was happy with my race, but I’m definitely glad it was a practice run, so I could work out the kinks. Rarely are races perfect, but the more you simulate racing conditions, there’s a better chance you’ll have a stellar race that’s pretty darn close perfection.

Post race my boyfriend (who also did the training tri- his first!!) and I grabbed brunch at Los Tios. Tex Mex food after a race? Yes PLEASE! I devoured this baby:

2 egggs over beans with chorizo, plantains, and rice on the side.

The boy had a bean and cheese burrito.

Pupusa!! I love this Salvadorean snack!

After clearing our plates, this equation came into play: Race + big meal = nap time!

With full bellies and tired muscles (and eyes!) we headed home for a nap. ZZZZZZZZzzzzzzzz.

What a great way to spend my Saturday!

Question of the day: What is your favorite way to refuel after a workout?



14 responses

7 06 2011
Victoria (District Chocoholic)

That is a really great idea to have a nice practice – transitions and all. The brunch looks delicious; I personally like to refuel with fruit and yogurt…and later on, dark chocolate (antioxidants, yo)

7 06 2011

The darker the better!!

7 06 2011

The practice tri sounded like it was really fun! I’m in the tri club as well and wanted to sign up for it, but had my sis visiting for the weekend so I couldn’t.

I have never seen socks that you can’t wear on either foot! Thats just crazy!

7 06 2011

I think the socks have special elasticity around the arches or something. It probably wouldn’t hurt to switch them, but I didn’t want to get blisters!

Hopefully I’ll see you at another DC tri event!

7 06 2011
Chandi Owen

I am so looking forward to making the salad tonight – I’ve got fresh cilantro growing on my deck…. Yum!
I thought I was the only one who was a sock person – it makes all the difference for me. My favorite is balega but I will have to try Lululemon for sure! My kids need the socks with the “L” and “R”…..

7 06 2011

it was SO good! I love cilantro!

7 06 2011

I love lululemon too and my husband and I just did our first triathlons in May. We had so much fun and have more events to look forward to this summer. I really enjoyed your post!

7 06 2011

Congrats on your first tri!

7 06 2011
Paul Young-Hyman

I like endurox. It really does help reduce the soreness after a big race or workout, but Tex Mex is good I do remember eating the best stromboli after a big race in Pa. a few years ago. I almost napped while driving home.
BTW only in the crazy sport of triathlon would somebody get kudos for thinking to stuff a broken watch into her tri shorts way2go. P Young-Hyman

7 06 2011

Hmm…Endurox, never heard of it! I’ll have to look it up!
Glad you didn’t fall asleep at the wheel! Thankfully, we were only a mile from my house, so we were able to make it!

8 06 2011
Erin @ untilyoutri

Congrats on your sprint tri, Steph!! That’s great:). And yes, it’s definitely great to practice:). That’s pretty funny about your socks! Hehe:). That’s so great that the bf joined you!!! I still need to get the hubs into swimming so he can do some tris, too!:)

8 06 2011

hahah yes:-) It was lots of fun!

8 06 2011
Chandi Owen

Made the salad last night – it was such a big hit with my husband and a guy from his office who came for dinner!!!

8 06 2011

That’s awesome! Glad it was such a hit!

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