So many races to catch you all up on!! That will give me more time to get caught up on my reader as well. (Does anyone else feel like they will never be caught up on their readers?!?!) I raced yesterday too but that post will have to wait…as will my hospital post (the fun never ends with me) and my general life update!
Two weekends ago, I raced twice; first on Saturday at a local 8K and then Sunday in the Poconos for a relay tri. I was the swimmer. Obvi, right?
Friday night I had to work, and I had a bad week the days before so I was really not in the mood to race. But I woke up Saturday and got ready to toe the line! I ran into a few friends and my friend Kristen and I decided to start out together. First mile…9 minutes…WHOA fast runner. Had to slow that down or I was going to lose it. We slowed it down a notch but by mile three we were still just under a 10 minute mile pace. At about that time, I took off from Kristen (she would have done the same thing and I would have let her too) because I was feeling like I could really push it. I held on strong, only stopping at the final water stop and came through the finish at 49:57! I have raced this course four years now, and all I wanted was to get in under 50 minutes. I was ecstatic!!!!!
After the race we grabbed a quick lunch and then R2 and I were headed to the poconos for race number two of the weekend! We headed up to the Jim Thorpe campsite the night before for a night of cooking out and chatting around the fire. (In addition to the good times, it is about a 2 hour drive, so going up the night before was a major morning of time saver!) The ride up was going well until R2 missed his exit. Have you ever missed an exit on the PA turnpike? Not fun! After that notsomuchfun time, we were finally there. There were a total of 10 of us camping, however only four of us were doing the tent thing. Our friends had a camper. It worked out really well because we used the camper for making dinner R2 is a former Eagle Scout, so I was camping with the best of them! In fact, it was obvious that R2 had some experience when we compared our tent to our friends tent:
Even though we were camping and having fun, it was still the night before a race. Bed early is still the rule! Wake up call was 5am and after packing up the site we were off to the race. I had a little bit of anxiety because I was remembering the prior year when the swim portion of this race chewed me up and spit me out. Talk about humbling! Well, this year I was back for redemption. And I got it. My swim was 30minutes and I felt great the entire time!!! I quickly tagged off to Shauna for the bike and she was back in no time! We were kicking ass one relay person at a time and next up was Lisa on the run. As she passed us on the first lap, she yelled out “8 minute miles” and we could tell she was rocking it. Turns out we were all right too- end result was 1st place female relay and 3rd relay overall!! Wooohooo!!!!
Happy girl coming out of that swim!