The swim. Oh right. There was no swim:) Which is really too bad because I was very excited to get all freaky!
The race started with a 2 mile
The run ended up being a tad bit longer than 2 miles since I was still around the corner from transition when I heard my watch beep the mile mark.
T1 was pretty simple! Pop on the helmet, stuff my First Endurance Liquid Shot into my top, and voila! I'm outta there!
The bike. I was kind of worried about the bike since the winds had been so fierce all morning. Was it going to be a brutal 15mph kind of day? Leaning into the crosswind for half of the ride only to turn around and lean the other way? Would my shoulders be tired from
The course is flat. Flat. Flat. Which sounds awesome for someone coming from the land of hills and mountains. There were a couple of causeways that provided a bit of up and down but really it was just flat. So, I pedaled and pedaled and pedaled. There weren't many turns so I just focused on heart rate and nutrition. My only flaw in my prep was that I forgot to pre-open my mocha liquid shot! And for some reason, there weren't any perforations in the wrap so it took me forever to open it with my teeth. While in aero. I would check my speed every once in a while and was surprised to see I was hovering at 21.5mph. The winds were not effecting my speed as much as I thought. And, my hands were relaxed so I wasn't hanging on for dear life. I certainly knew when I was in a headwind and I'm pretty sure my speed fell to 15 then. The only other "flaw" I encountered was a course mis-step. See, I had been passing and passing and had only been passed by some relay cyclists. Finally, a man with a 54 on his calf passed me and I welcomed the break from the monotony of the course. I could follow him (legally- duh) and have him act as a sort of "bogie". But said man took a wrong turn. I followed him. D'OH. As soon as I turned I knew we were off course and he looked around too. There were no other athletes around to confirm but I immediately turned around. A couple of minutes later I saw some athletes coming at me so phew....on course. There was a turnaround ahead and I counted females - only 2. They were either in my age group or older so worst case scenario I was in 3rd.
I caught one of them a few miles later and she was in my age group. So now I'm in second. There was another turnaround and I noticed I hadn't made any ground on the 1st place gal and she was just far enough ahead that I couldn't really see her. I kept pushing and pedaling and eating and drinking. Remember when I said the course was flat? Yeah, about mile 40 I wanted hills. I needed to stand up and stretch but there were no opportunities for that - no turns no hills. Just keep pedaling. Finally I arrived back in town and in transition. 52 mile bike in 2:23.
T2 and off on the run. Yuck. I did not want to run again. My tummy was a bit off and worse than that my legs were protesting. Clearly, I had ridden fairly hard. OK, Coach said to ease into the first 3 miles see where I'm at and go from there. Mile 1 7:19. Hmmm. Not really "easing" into the run but I'll take it since my legs really didn't feel like they belonged to my body. Mile 2 not much slower. OK, I'm liking this pace so let's go with it and just make sure my heart rate doesn't do anything crazy. I
|Finishing the first loop.|
The fun part. Sonja started behind me and I kind of wanted to hold her off 'cuz I knew she was coming! I could tell on the bike that she was riding well, and we know she pretty much always runs well off the bike. The first time I saw her I thought I had a chance to hold her off!!! But as I made my turn off the loop course and into the finish I heard her......"Ford".....me "I was hoping to hold you off!!". I picked it up as much as I could and she pulled up next to me. Son: Hold hands down the finish shoot? Me: Yeah!!! So, that's exactly what we did. What perfect timing!!! Oh, and that little push at the end? Probably secured 3rd place! Syd was 4th only 2 seconds behind!!!
The really fun part. Seeing friends after the race and doing race recap!
|Do you know how many pictures like this PIC and I have? Typical post-race recap pose!|
|Kompetitive Edge athletes representing at NOLA! Sonja and Mark Hillers won overall amateur and Brandon Jessop had an impressive Pro race!|
|Sydney, me, Dr. PIC, PIC and Hayley.|
|Even though 1 and 2 didn't take their slots they showed for awards. You mean not everyone wants to go to worlds? Weird huh.|
Since this post is getting a bit LONG, let me just say that the really fun part was.....really fun. New Orleans is everything it is cracked up to be. I absolutely love the city. The people of New Orleans are beyond friendly. And yes, Bourbon Street is, um, quite a place. But I'm just going to leave you with a couple of pictures because you know the saying....what happens in NOLA stays in NOLA. Unless you run into them at 5am in the Southwest check-in line. Ugggghhhh.
And that, my friends, is how you cram a race and lots of fun in 54 short hours:)
|The sights and sounds of New Orleans|
|We'll just call this the third drink.....|
|A wedding parade down the middle of Bourbon Street|
|Midnight beignets and beads! Yes, I am shoveling them in:)|