Monday, June 20, 2011

I'm still alive!

Sorry I have been pretty much AWOL with both blogs lately.  Lets just say things have been crazy busy with our house for sale and the purchase of our new one.  I think things are going to be out of control for at least the next couple of months.  We are on vacation right now, which is nice, but we are still working on as much house things as possible from afar.  Here are a few brief points of interest:

1.  I LOVED the ELITE WAVE!!!  It was seriously awesome.  I had no shame being the second to last person out of the water (only ahead of a dude who never tried his wetsuit before, freaked out, and HATED it).  I on the other hand was in full wetsuit floaty glory.  My swim wasn't great, but it wasn't really that bad either.  I can do better, and probably should have, but with the wetsuit, it made my time not so bad at all (for me).  It was great to have no crowds on the bike to slow me down, I only got passed a by a few of the young whipper snappers in the 25 and below age group that started after me.  The run was awesome.  It was fun running people down.  I probably was the last of the "elites" to finish, but that is OK.  I re-qualified for elite too, so there was no shame in my finish time at all, and it was good enough for 5th in my AG.  It was a big race too, capped at 507.  There will be a full race report later.

2.  I have been sick since the Tuesday before the race.  I managed to feel OK for the race, but was very sick after, and am finally feeling better today after several days of "rest".  Last week I pretty much worked out only on Monday, Friday, and raced on Wed.  Tuesday and Thursdays were planned rest days.  I took Sat off because I woke up to a storm and then we left for vacation, driving on Saturday and Sunday.

3.  I had a fabulous 4 mile run on the beach today.  It is crazy how much slower I run on the sand than on the pavement.  I did 2 miles on the road, out 1 and back in one direction, and then went to the beach and continued for another mile on the beach out the other way.  The middle 2 miles were into the wind, so that first mile on the beach was tough!  I enjoyed running back with the wind, so it was a good way to finish up. 

How's your week going?  I hope your training is going well.


Big Daddy Diesel said...

- Congrats on the race

- I hope your feeling better

- Have fun on vacation

Colleen said...

So glad that the elite thing worked out for you. See... you made the right choice for you and it paid off! Great job and can't wait to hear about the race!

Richelle said...

No wonder why you haven't been feeling well! You've got so much going on! Hope you get well soon and enjoy your vacation!

Anonymous said...

Hi Melissa! I now know that I have seen you at the tris in the past year! You were actually just down the row from me on Wednesday! Nice to connect with you via our blogs :)

Great job on R4R and Triceratops! I had the same worry about the elite wave but also thought, hey, I get done about 15 minutes earlier since my age group wave was like 4th! That works for me especially with the rain! I think I will stay with the elite for the next one too.

Question for you: do you think you will do another half Iron? I am debating what to do! I really liked it but not sure about timing, travel, more training, etc... Any thoughts?

I am running Solstice on Saturday - are you?

fancy nancy said...

Congrats on the race!!! Very impressive!!! I hope you are feeling much better soon!!

Lesley @ said...

Look at you, Ms. Elite!!! How rockin' cool is that?

Cari Mugz said...

Congrats on the Race!!!!!!

ShutUpandRun said...

Oh I am so jealous of your beach trip. I agree, running on sand is TOUGH!!! 5th in AG is awesome, and thanks for your comment on my blog today.