14 07 2011

I’m ready! I have been training since January 1 and am absolutely positively finished with training for this little old triathlon on that I will be competing in on Sunday. I am ready to RACE! I have swum approximately 216,000 meters, biked somewhere around 1100 miles and logged about 440 miles in my Brooks Adrenaline GTS’s. Last night I tried on my new tri suit and subsequently had a mini dance party (in an empty house) which ended with me in front of the mirror flexing my triceps.

Yep, it happened…and I am not ashamed!

And then I proceeded to run around like a crazy person gathering all of my race day “things” and take a picture, just so that I could show you how excited and prepared I am! (I even took my tri suit off to take the pic just so you could get an idea of the whole deal).

The only items missing from this picture are my bike,  my wetsuit (which my friend Jenny is GRACIOUSLY lending), towels for the transition area, and my pre-race breakfast (the Justin’s Almond Butter is always a race day treat for me and will go on a bagel with banana!). I actually put together a list earlier this week…

***please, PLEASE let me know if you think I have forgotten anything!!!

If you are a numbers person and are curious what my taper has looked like, the past weeks workouts have looked like this:

Friday: OFF

Saturday: Swim 1600 straight

Sunday: Bike 20 miles pace/Run 2 miles + 2000 swim loosen

Monday: Swim 2500 easy/moderate with a few sprints

Tuesday: Run 4.25 EASY

Wednesday: Swim 2000 easy with a few sprints

Thursday: Run 3 EASY

Friday (tomorrow) OFF

Saturday: either OFF or short run, swim or bike to loosen my legs!

Sunday: RACE

In reflecting on the past 6.5 months of training, and all of the hours spent on my bike, in the pool, on the roads, eating to fuel my training and sleeping to recover, it all honestly blends together. Sure, I had some GREAT and AWFUL training days, races that took me by surprise, motivation slumps and frustrating injuries; but at this point, 3 days out from my race, I can confidently and proudly say that it has all been preparation. Preparation for a race longer than I have ever raced before. Yes, it is going to be unbelievably physically and mentally challenging.  Sure, I am definitely nervous.  But I know that I am ready. And even further, my Dad will be right by my side, as he is competing in the Aquabike (the swim and bike portion of the 70.3). It is going to be a great day! Send my Dad and I  STRONG thoughts on Sunday! and I will be back on Monday to give you some type of “I Made It!” post.

Question of the Day: Are you challenging yourself this summer?

Race Recap: 321delish Takes on the Kinetic Sprint

17 05 2011

Hey there Friends! Hows it going?

In case you missed Steph’s post yesterday about our weekends…I’ll recap: it was busy! But the highlight of the weekend was the 2011 Kinetic Spring Triathlon on Sunday. Steph and I both chose this race as our season opener. Both of our “A” races are longer (Steph’s will be the Rockett’s Landing Mid Atlantic Olympic and mine is the Musselman 1/2 Ironman ), so we decided to get our first race of the season jitters/kinks out together by heading to Spottsylvania VA for the Kinetic Sprint. The race was 750 meter swim, 18 mile bike and 5k run.

We started our pre-race pump up festivities on Saturday night with some REDICULOUSLYDELICIOUS (and colorful) pasta (*recipe to come later this week!), a little Blue Crush action, some Justin’s Peanut Butter Cups, and a sleepover 🙂 Any other Blue Crush fans out there??? I LOVE THIS MOVIE!

I absolutely NEVER have trouble sleeping but it took me forever to fall asleep on Saturday night. I guess it was the race day nerves. Our alarm went off bright and early at 5:45. I had prepared a peanut butter and banana sandwich on a baguette the night before and Steph had put together some OIAJ. So we grabbed our breakfasts, filled our water bottles and were out the door. It had been storming like crazy on Saturday night so we were a bit worried about what the conditions would be like on Sunday, but it turned out to be a great day to race! No rain whatsoever! I requested a pit stop at Dunkin to get my caffeine fix 🙂

We got to the race at about 7:45. The first wave didn’t start until 9 so we had plenty of time to check in and rack our bikes in the transition area. We got some great race shwag!

(pictures are taken from my friend Erin over at, who raced and did an awesome job in the 1/2 IM on Saturday!)

Steph’s racked bike and gear in the transition area. I forgot to snap a shot of mine 😦

Given that the race was a sprint and I have been training longer distances in prep for my 1/2 IM, I was feeling ready to go for this race. The race was wet suit legal, but I opted to go sans wet suit. (I think I was one of 5 out of about 700 who didn’t wear a wet suit). My swim definitely would have been faster with the suit, but my transitions were super speedy! My second transition time was :49, the fastest in my age group! The water definitely took my breath away at first but I quickly got into a rhythm and finished my swim in 11:16. The bike was 18 miles of rolling hills and I loved every minute of it! The bike is by far my weakest link, but my avg of about 18-19 mph was proof that my training is paying off! I finished the bike in 56:40 and was off on the run. The run didn’t feel so hot. The first mile was an uphill, but that wasn’t the part that phased me. I haven’t been training enough bricks yet to have my legs used to the transition from bike to run…so from mile 2-the finish my legs were REALLY cramping. I told myself it was just 3 miles and that I could easily push through the pain.  I finished my 5k in 24 flat, which I was pleased about! I raced this race 2 years ago and beat my time from 2009 by 5 minutes 🙂 I finished my race in 1:34:39, a new PR and a 6th place finish in my age group! Steph wasn’t far behind, finishing in 1:37:53 and placing 9th in our age group. She told me to tell you that she is super pleased with her race and is excited to go back and keep training for her Olympic!

Steph and I didn’t have any non competing cheerleaders at the race so didn’t get any pics mid race; however  post race, we were all about the pictures.

team 321delish!

The finish line

Right as you crossed the finish line you were handed a coupon to get a free pizza. Before the race I told Steph that I probably wouldn’t be wanting pizza right after the race…but who was I kidding….

A random guy came up to me after the race and told me that he had seen me throughout the course and the whole time I was smiling 🙂 (that would be my pizza crust haha)

We devoured our pizzas, along with a few handfuls of really awesome dried fruit and nut trail mix, packed up our stuff, put the bikes on the back of the car and headed back to D.C. We both had eyed the DQ on the drive up however and made a necessary pit stop on the way home…A peanut butter sundae for Steph and  a Reese’s blizzard for me. SO GOOD!

All in all it was a great race day for 321delish. Steph and I were both really happy with our first races of the season and left feeling ready to get back to training!

Question of the Day: What is your favorite post race food?!