Month: July 2016

2016 Vineman 70.3 Race Report

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This is the 4th time I have done Vineman 70.3. Big difference this year was my kids came with me. I don’t usually take them to races because I don’t want to worry about them being bored during the race.  But the Russian River valley makes for such a great place to vacation they came this time.

If you want the details and number for the race here you go:

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Race morning went well. They now require you to rack your bike the day before and have assigned rack spots so that takes a ton of the stress of race morning away for me. I had a very late wave so I didn’t show up at transition until the Pros were starting. Stuart brought my kids over a bit later  and after a few pictures it was time to start. Thanks Coeur for the awesome shirts for the boys!

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Swim went great! I lined up in front and only had a little bit of congestion to start. It was SUPER shallow at the turn but I swam it all. The swim back was better than it usually is.  Roka sleeveless wet-suit and R1 goggles were perfect!

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LOTS of bikes were gone when I got out but that is what happens when you are the third from the last wave! Enjoy this totally awkward picture of me in transition! I was happy I didn’t fall getting my wetsuit off this time! I put on the new Coeur Aero top to help keep the sun off my shoulders. It was great!!!

Bike start

Off I went. As you can see in the numbers above, cycling is where I need to improve the most. I was passed by 30 women on the bike. I have to figure this out! I will never get to Kona if I don’t get significantly better on the bike. I felt like I did my best all day. My power looked good and I felt great. I even took three bottles of water on the fly without stopping! This was huge for me! The ride was a bit windy but other than that I can’t complain. The aero top by Coeur was awesome!

Bike FinishVineman run StartOff the bike in Windsor and onto the run! I had set a pretty tough goal for me to run a 1:50 half. We are having a competition at work and you have to set goals and try to achieve them. I knew it would be tough but I really wanted to try! Run started out well but I just couldn’t quite hold the pace I needed. It is a rolling course that is fairly exposed and hot. I wasn’t hungry but I still managed to eat a banana and a Mocha Cliff shot (so gross at that point) and I kept on my hydration with water, Coke, and RedBull. Even though I missed the 1:50 mark I was happy with my run. I was doing my bets to catch my coach Jen. But she managed to hold me off. I was able to pick up a few more ladies in the last mile and they were all so nice in the finish area. My AG as a whole was super awesome! I may not have made 1:50 but I picked up half of the ladies who passed me on the bike and ran the second half faster than the first. I never gave up!

Vineman Run FinishIMG_0037Overall it was a good day. I am really dissapointed with my bike and I have to figure it out if I really have hopes of qualifying for Kona. We already have some plan to try and make some improvements. I think a huge part of my problem is confidence on the bike and handling skills. Only cure for that is more time outside riding! Can you say Cross bike???

I couldn’t have shown up to this race ready if it wasn’t for a bunch of people.

  • Coach Jen and I have been working together for 3 years now and I love racing with her! When I finally get this bike thing worked out she is in serious trouble!
  • My sponsors but especially Coeur Sports and SBR Sports. You both are so generous and supportive! I am so lucky to have you on my side keeping me clean and clothed!
  • My Couer team and triathlon friends. There were so many people out there on course that it felt like I was racing with my family!
  • Stuart, you are more to me than I can put into words! Thanks for everything!

Up next:

  • Dwight Crum Pier-to Pier swim in August
  • Carpinteria Tri in September (maybe)
  • Death Valley Ride in October
  • Ironman Arizona in November
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The Benefits of Being Coached (and general update)

The biggest benefit to being coached is I don’t have to plan my workouts. The secondary benefit of this is that I don’t spend anytime worry about the ramp up to a race. They just happen! I know my coach Jen will set me up for race day perfectly! We have been working together for almost 3 years now and I never have to worry about my plan! She has it covered.

The next race I have coming up is Vineman 70.3 on July 10. Here are my race day goals:

  • Swim: 33-35 minutes (I think I can mange this if I stay string in the middle)
  • Bike: 3:00 bike (I need to push myself on the bike and get a little uncomfortable)
  • Run: sub 1:50 (this will be a challenge because this is close to my recently run BQ pace)

Total: 5:45

My PR for this distance is at Vineman from way back in 2011, I did 5:32. I haven’t been able to recapture that time since.

So what else have I been up to? Let me use some pictures to get you up to date!

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Multi-tasking; riding my bike to the pool and then back home. I made an effort to get outside on my bike more. That is a big step for me!

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R&R. Quick family trip to Vegas for some lazy river action and some refreshing beer!

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Training never stops! In addition to bringing my bike and findling a local pool I ran the strip at 5:45 AM. Only saw one fight!

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Swimming as usual! New swim suit from Coeur and the awesome R1 goggles from Roka make swimming fun! Sale at Roka this weekend, code is SUMMER25. 25% OFF!

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All the swimming mean all the Triswim! Use TRWISWIM4TH for 30% at https://www.sbrsportsinc.com/ And yes, I have a trampstamp.

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Goofing around with the kids. New Garmin Virb camera provided us tons of fun in the pool!

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Shout out to my awesome sponsors for their continued support, Coeur Sports and SBR sports take amazing care of me for every single workout! I am lucky to have their support!