Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Steelhead Race Report

If I had to choose two words to describe my race at Steelhead they would be disappointed and wonderful.

I was disappointed that rip currents and high winds cancelled the swim. Happy not to be swept out to the middle of lake Michigan. But I work my butt off in the pool so I can race hard in the swim, so when it is removed from the race - it's disappointing.

The pros were sent off in :30 intervals for a time-trial start. I knew it would likely be a tough day, as I had acquired some sort of stomach bug that sent me running to the bathroom about every 20 minutes for the four days prior to the race. Eating had been minimal as well. Not exactly ideal pre-race calorie loading, but what can you do? I was happy that Imodium allowed me to race without crapping my shorts on the run!
 So enough of the "disappointments" - let me tall you about the "wonderful" parts of my race!

This is my 97 year old grandma. She came to the race to cheer. She is an ultimate spectathlete! We are already planning next year's race.

My favorite picture of the entire day. My cousin Ben is yelling time splits at me, his kids and our Grandma are cheering. Across the corner I have more cousins cheering. This was wonderful!!

There were moments of feeling ok on the run, and moments where thirteen miles seemed more like a marathon. But one foot in front of the other and before you know it, there is the finish line.

My good friends Joan and Janie were out on the course in full force as well. Cheering louder than ten people!

I feel incredibly lucky to have such a wonderful family. We do not see each other often, but whenever the cousins get together it's nothing but fun.

THANK YOU: 
Zoot for speedy shoes, and an awesome wetsuit, which hopefully next time I will actually get to use! TriSports.com for carrying everything tri. QR for a comfortable and fast ride. Profile Design for some sleek and comfy aero bars and wheels that fly. MicroscopeWorld.com for a job I truly love. Sable WaterOptics for goggles that are clear and clean! Rudy Project for protecting my head and outfitting me with sweet sunglasses! Extreme Endurance for helping me race fast. SCAPE for protecting me from the sun. K-Edge for no dropped chains!

I have two final weeks of hard training and then I'm off to Europe for three weeks where I will race Ireland 70.3 and Challenge Henley.

15 comments:

Damie said...

I hope you are feeling better. I had a nice virus this week as well prior to a race- it certainly changes things when you can't get in or keep down calories, so I understand- and honestly don't know how you did that distance!!! Good to you for toughing it out! It is a sign of your fitness that you could still do that, even with way less than optimal health. :)

Beth said...

Ugh - sorry to hear about the flu bug! Sounds like you still made it a great experience. Your grandma is the cutest ever and definitely does not look 97!! :) And wow - how awesome is a 3 week trip to Europe for racing!!!!! :)

Jennifer Harrison said...

Great to see you at Steelhead! SORRY you did not feel well - you did great! Loved seeing your g-ma in these pics, how fun for you all!! :)

ADC said...

Can't wait to see you over here. Woohoo.

GoBigGreen said...

Bummer on that water, i know how disappointing that is. Glad you felt OK and could at least vroom vroom thru the last two.
Hope Cedric's head ache is getting better :-)

Snakebite said...

Should one assume since you did not crap your shorts and you had many relatives cheering you on that you won??? Inquiring minds want to know and are too lazy to Google the results.

Steve said...

I liked this update. To give you a story about me, I can relate to 97 year old Grandmas. ( mine is close to that old) 93-94 or so. She made it to my cousin Rudy's wedding last week, something I wasn't invited too, but I think me being who I am brings out the worst in people, or they think the worst of me.

You always seem pretty nice, and I like that. :)

Lisa said...

I love "ultimate spectathlete", I love when family (anyone's) is out there to support us, and I love how positive you are!

I think you might be rubbing off on me; I find I want to be more positive and not go to that negative glass-half-empty space, so thanks for that :)

ONEHOURIRONMAN said...

I didn't realize this was a "homecoming" race for you. I can't believe you have a 97yr old granny out there rooting for you.

That is priceless, you know...

Cheers!

krystyna47 said...

Wow, your grandma is the hero of this post. She's AMAZING!!

Kiet said...

You know you're good when an off day still nets you a fast time. Those splits are still damn decent.

DS said...

Quite the fan fare you had at this race. The swim is probably the least exciting for them anyway. Keep up the good work and good luck. Remember that there may not be anyone that knows you at your next races, but they sure do know your sponsors and those go with you to every race.

Jason said...

A buddy of mine raced it as well and felt the same about the swim portion.

As for disappointments go though:
allowed me to race without crapping my shorts on the run!

This I would call a success and not a disappointment.....

Kathleen @ ForgingAhead said...

Grandma is awesome!

We'll be in Galway 10 days after your race :-(

Maybe I'll do the course just for fun.

Matt said...

Bummer the race didn't go as hoped and no swim is a bummer too.. Looked like you made the best of it and you family looks like a great cheer squad!