Sunday, September 13, 2009

Nautica Malibu Triathlon!

Lessons of the weekend ...

Conquer our mental demons.. a life without gratitude is a sad one... the things i think about during a race!

Pre- race thoughts- I like the thought of Olympic Distance because it's short but not a fan of the intensity!

Breakfast- the usual- almond butter sandwich, 250 cal bottle of infinit nutrition, 1 gel 1.5 hours prior and then another gel 30 min prior to start and a bottle of water in between the gels.

Swim- 43:21-oh boy! those ocean wave breaks! apparently my timing was off and i got caught in one of the waves even though i tried to swim down when i saw wave coming! got swallowed up and spit back out by the big wave. when the wave was done with me, life guard pulled me up and pushed me back out after i nodded to his, "are you ok?" once i got out of the breaks and into the calmer waters, i was fine to swim but it wasn't easy to sight during this point to point swim. i got through it but i wasn't happy with my time..

T1- 4:23

Bike- 1:24:41 the only good thing about my slow swim is that i passed a good amt. of ppl on the bike! pretty uneventful bike course but pretty. little wind out but kept focused and pushing as hard as my legs would let me!
nutrition- 1.5 bottles of Infinit.

T2- 3:04 had to put my socks on..

Run- 1:04:47 really wanted to go under an hour here but my legs would not muscle through! Had one potty stop here- i hydrated well- what can i say :-0...
nutrition- gel flask- 3 gels.

Total- 3:20:17
Overall- 746/1258
Women- 172/410
AG- 48/110

Overall race thoughts- I didn't have the time that I thought I would have with the swim and the run but I had a good time muscling through the race as it helped me deal with many different mental thoughts that were going through my head. Stuff like.. do i really want to finish this race? do i really want to do this race? it's so short? it's not an ironman? does it matter? and my answer is yes.. of course it all's still a race i set out to do! gotta love those mental demons! The most entertaining part of the race however was watching all the waves before us start the swim! Mel and I were standing there watching and laughing in fear-- those were big strong waves fighting athletes trying to get through the ocean breaks! Good times.. I might be back next year :-)!

Thanks to my friend Minnie who invited us to stay in her beautiful beach house in Marina Del Ray! Photos from race to come next week :-)

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