…but the ladies ROCKED!
With one more race to go, I completed the famous but infamous Rock the Bay Duathlon. Infamous because part of the bike route is an extremely bumpy ride and famous because part of the bike route is an extremely bumpy ride! You read correctly. Having blogged that, when you’re done, you find a whole new set of chest hairs to be proud of!
Rock the Bay Triathlon/Duathlon is one of the more challenging events in the KOZ tri-series. When it comes to the bike ride, you have to navigate around the slower riders, dodge the super fast riders, look out for all the pot holes and maneuver around very the sharp turns with tons of people taking the same turns. Last year was my first year participating in this event. It was an EYE OPENER to say the least. I was shocked at how hard it was because, like I said, you have to pay attention to eVErYThiNg around you BUT Rock the Bay made me a better bike rider for sure!
This year did not disappoint with the drama. No, not the event itself but for me and my teammates! One of my girls fell transitioning from the water to the bike. We were literally crossing paths. While she was in the midst of her race, I was running to the starting line. From the corner of my eye, I saw a woman go down and immediately turned to help but when I realized it was a teammate, I freaked out and hung around until I saw she was OK. Her feet flew from under her (the ground was so slippery) and her head met the concrete with a nice bounce to it. Don’t worry, she’s good! She’s TOUGH. MY GOODNESS! She freaked the sugar-poops out of me.
Once I finished the first mile run, I headed out on the bike. Coming around the first curve, a guy twice my size went down! I just missed him by a few inches and got around him. Sorry, guy! Once I completed the first loop, on to the second one. I was kind of struggling and couldn’t understand why until a rode over a bump and heard some metal. I looked down and noticed my back tire was flat as a pancake! SERIOUSLY? Seriously. I didn’t know what to do. Well, yes I did. I had to keep going because I didn’t have a spare and I don’t do tires. Ah,no.
As I was coming back to finish the 3 mile run, I saw another teammate heading in my direction. I put my hand up to give her a high five and she throws both of her hands up, full of black grease yelling “technical difficulties”! Apparently, her bike chain decided to play tricks on her after hitting a bump in the road. Her bike chain dropped and unlike me…Miss Prissy over here…SHE got off the bike and fixed it, got back on the bike, caught up with her competition and made the PODIUM! Yasssss!
Hey, sugar-poop happens and you just have to make the best of it. The one great thing I learned this weekend, I have truly surrounded myself around some AMAZING women. We are BOSSES, baby! We love competition. We love to finish what we started. My teammates, my girlfriends…ALL OF THEM…ROCK!
I have to dedicate this blog post to all the women out there who ROCK! The one great thing about being a woman with just a little tenacity? Women will make things happen no matter what the circumstances. Rock the Bay was RoCkY but the women at this event truly ROCKED!
RESULTS for SEENICRUN: 5th overall human | 2nd overall female | 1st age division | 45 seconds slower than last year…thanks Mr. Flat Tire!
So, the entire event became a duathlon. According to the county of Chula Vista, the bacteria levels in the water were too high for the competitors to swim in, so the swim became a run and all the triathletes had an awesome training day!
For me? LET ME TELL YOUUU...I was NOT in the mood to race. I know, I know, there should be no room for whining or complaining but on this day? NOPE. I was NOT feeling this event AT ALL! I was in a cRaPpY mood for 4 glorious DAYS prior and on race day!
Look, I was just not in the mood to race. I did not want to be around people. I did not want to do a n y t h i n g BUT I did the darn thang and boy, am I happy I did! I had points to collect and I was not going to let my bad attitude stop me.
So, here is the breakdown.
RUN_1 mile. The start was an individual start for all the competitors. I placed myself near the front so I could get out as fast as I could. I completed the first mile in 6 mins 34 seconds.
BIKE_12 miles. I have to say, it was a better ride than last year. The roads were in much better condition, so the ride was a lot smoother.
RUN_5K. The last 3 miles were pretty awesome! Why? I kept a really good running pace, a 7:15min/mile to be exact and the weather was perfect, overcast with no heat. I came in 4th place overall female, second in my age division. I knocked 4 minutes off my time from last year. So, ALL OF THAT made me happy!
Later that evening, I was fine. I was in a better mood and quickly started to focus on my next race in September. I took 2 days off to rest and got right back into training by Wednesday. This week, I am looking forward to my interval training. I am just happy I can still do what I do when I want to do it. I hope your having a great summer!
I am BACK to running and biking and runn’n…OH MYYY!
I just finished the Solana Beach Duathlon a couple of weeks ago and now I am heading into a new weekend of fun with the CVC tri & duathlon event in Chula Vista. I looovvvvve participating in the Solana Beach duathlon! I love the beach, the competitors and the racing staff. It’s a whole vibe because everyone is out there to have fun, test their legs and drink a few brewskies with friends after the race.
This weekend, the Chula Vista Challenge is under way and if I remember correctly, it’s a hot one. Right now, I am debating if I should do the longer race or stick to the sprint. I would love to challenge my endurance this weekend but I am a little worried I will get completely bored on that 28 mile bike ride…sooooo….right now, the sprint race is still pretty enticing.
My training has been moving along pretty well...no real complaints!
I have taken a different training approach this year and that is, “don’t push it!”. If my body is tired, I take a break for a day or two. If I feel OK, I do an OK workout. When I am ready to get back into it, I take a 3 day block of good, solid workouts and murder the crap out of them! I know it sounds crazy but I’m not 22 years old any more. I do what I can do when I’m ready to do it! I have to listen to my body.
Does it work? Heck yeah…I realized this past week that all my times have improved this season by a full 2 minutes at every duathlon race. TWO MINUTES! That’s like chunks of gold, new diamonds on my necklace and a King Kong roar! You don’t KNOW. I didn’t know until I saw my stats at the Solana Beach event. I finished right at an hour! I reduced my time in transition by a full minute, my first mile time was a 6:36 min/mile pace while my 5K pace was around a 7:20 min/mile pace! I felt pretty good. So, I am one happy 40+ athlete!
San Diego’s sprint duathlon and triathlon season continues with 3 more KOZ events to go.
If you are interested in trying a multi sport, go to the KOZ website and register for an event. They have something for EVERYONE! There is, of course, a triathlon, duathlon, relay, and aquathon. You can move at your own pace OR come out , check it out and cheer for all the local athletes! They would love it. For more information, email me or go to kozevents.com.
SEENICRUN19 is your KOZ discount code. I’z gotz connectionz!…LOL!
New shoes for a new week doing new thAngs!
Earlier this week I posted a pic of my old running shoes and how I was not ready to give them up. Well, that was silly because I finally slid into my new pair and I quickly forgot about the old ones! The new ones were just as comfortable, if not more and I was really excited about my next run! My new kicks also inspired me to do 3 new things outside of my comfort zone. It was mentally challenging but I did it! I surprised myself and the fear of it all just disappeared. If I can do it, anyone can!
Just like my old kicks, my old ways were easy and familiar, tricking me to believe everything was AOK but when I switched things up...WOW, I felt so much better!
Look, you have to eventually take off those old shoes and put on the new ones. That’s how you learn, move forward and make amazing things happen in your life. So, this week challenge yourself and try something new! No matter the outcome, you will learn something new about yourself and what you can do!
I am wearing the Hoka One One - Women’s Clifton 6