Like most parents my life revolves around my children's activities...my running included. During the school year I still only run on my days off work, but the majority of those runs occur while they are at school. For my rare weekends off I tend to save shorter runs.
I spent all of my spring on the trails. After the ultra, school was over so it has proven impossible for trail buddy to get out during the week so I have been back on the road. It's not a bad place to be. After all, I do have a fall marathon to train for...but the transition has been more difficult than I imagined. Back on the road I am less carefree, less fun. It's not that I dont enjoy the road...I still love to get out there and run, but my mind has transitioned from time on my feet training with no numerical goals to hill repeats, Speedwork, hitting my splits, etc etc. I certainly get satisfaction from meeting those training goals and working hard, but I have come to mostly look forward to my 2-a-day workouts.
They happened by accident. Sheer luck. My sons' XC coach assigns his runners summer workout programs, but also hosts 2 group runs a week. These happily have involved the local running clubs' summer XC trail series on Wednesday nights & another night at another local trail. In order to motivate myself to do the hills and Speedwork, I schedule them as my morning workout on group run days, then reward myself with a safe trail run in the evening. I figure, I have to drive a herd of teenagers to these locations anyway, I might as well run too. I have become 'that mum that always runs too'...the kids even occasionally acknowledge me as they blow past me on the trail.
Tonight, my kids & their friends ditched the XC series because it was too hilly and decided to meet at the park for a group run. At first I was bummed, but then I realized that any run is a good run & I could run the dike and still get 5k in. Then, I still had time to blog, read my book & enjoy this beautiful evening....
Wednesday, July 18, 2012
|Signing the "Wall of Mussel" mural|
However, watching all those athletes compete at the Musselman 70.3 might have me a little tri-envious! For all the triathletes out there, if you are looking for a well-organized, fun sprint or half-iron triathlon that is located in a pretty town that is very family friendly, this is it! There is even a kids tri & a micro-tri on tricycles, which I'm told is pretty hilarious. The Sprint distance is on Saturday & the Half-Iron is on Sunday. They even have a Double-Mussel category for those masochistic enough to want to compete in both! Oh, and you can also do Aquabike in the Half-Iron distances.
|Coolest medal: Re-purposed bike gears!|
|I just like this picture :)|
We then drove the course & attempted to rack SD's bike. Unfortunately we couldn't take advantage of the night before secure racking because we left the race packet back at the hotel & you had to have your bike number attached to rack your bike....D'Oh!
Race morning we were up at 5 and out the door pretty quickly. Things moved pretty quickly pre-race. By the time SD got transition set up and we headed over to the water to check it out, they were announcing that the water temp was 78.4F....wetsuit illegal. Well, according to the rules, you can wear a wetsuit between 78-84F (I think), but you are then not eligible for awards. It was a big decision, wet suit or no wetsuit. SD decided at the last minute, no wetsuit.
He was in the 3rd wave and had a great swim....36:31 for the 1.2 miles
T1: 3 minutes
|Too bad I can't zoom this...he has a good pain face|
|Rockin' the bike!|
Bike: 2:55:10.....way faster than he anticipated! Great ride, Babe!
Then it was off on the run. He looked good coming out of transition, but the sun had just come out and the humidity was hanging like a wet blanket over everyone...I was a little worried, but thankful that he at least had a hydration belt to carry him through aid stations. There were 11 aid stations on the course, that were well stocked with water, Heed, Endurolytes, food and sponges.
Total Time: 5:25:18!!!!!!! 31/110 Age Group & 153/1000
So, Yeah, he has earned the right to be known at Half-Iron Dad (HID) on this blog from now on! ;-D
Congratulations, HID! You Rock!!!!!!
.......& maybe I will think about getting back into Tri for next season...Hmmmmmm.....
Monday, July 16, 2012
Sorry for the delay...we took off on vacation race night and went completely offline for a whole week...thoroughly needed & enjoyed! And a warning...this is a long one!
|Don't let the cows out!|
|Mr Bigglesworth & me chillin' on the front step at 0415 ;)|
|We are off!|
|Through the first cow pasture|
|Couple of dorks on the trail blocking the path|
|Thanks Steph, for taking our picture!|
|We hoped they wold not have to be deployed for us!|
|At "The Morgue" ~ mile 20ish|
|Officially ultra @ 26.3 miles ;-D|
|Me not letting cows out!|
I was done! I was happy, relieved and exhausted all at the same time! Trail Buddy and I managed to get over to our stuff and collapsed onto the ground. We didn't even bother to get a picture standing...we asked the woman sitting beside us in a camp chair to take a picture of us.
We are Ultra Runners!!!!!!
I took my shoes and socks off. My favourite rainbow socks had holes and my feet were full of blisters. I am glad they did not bother me while I was running, but I sure as heck felt them as soon as my feet were bare....holy moly, am I glad we had aquaphor to lather them in! Trail Buddy had packed some sweat towels in ice water in our cooler and we laid back for a few minutes with our feet wrapped in the cold towels. It felt like bliss.
I cannot wait to do this again!
|33 miles, almost 10 hours, happy Ultra Chicks!|