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3rd time is a charm… Well maybe

OK, so it’s been a couple of weeks already since we finished our third 70.3 Ironman. In a sense it was a race that we were kind of looking forward to but not really if it makes sense. Yup…. Confusing we know. Maybe you have seen my previous post about motivation or lack thereof and how the winter was keeping us from training. So that’s the “not really” part of it. We felt a bit unprepared, and maybe were underestimating the distance. It kind of happens… But don’t let that fool you it is still a big race and a long day. We went in with our training as much as we got in, one thing for sure we were rested. We did our long workouts and hit them hard but we felt strong on them, long swims were great, long rides didn’t really bothered us so much and the runs…. Well the runs suffered but we had some miles in the running shoes that made us think we were going to be OK.

IMG_5704The week leading to it was of course crazy busy with work. We didn’t do our typical day off before the race. We typically leave Friday as a day off and since the race is on Sunday it leaves us Saturday to “rest” more. Well… If you know what happens at the Expo day then you know you do anything but rest. So our approach this year was leave the house on Saturday, go in to check-in, eat, rack bikes and leave… It actually worked out pretty good in our opinion. It eliminates the amount of walking you do trying to walk to places you don’t really need to be at. Also it helped with the nerves, which were pretty high due to the weablogger-image--201752111ther conditions we were going to have so the less time we spent at the expo and around athletes the better for us… Yes… Antisocial mode helps sometimes.

We were able to see the coach, he gave us some last minute weather related tips and off we went. We went to the hotel with K (our Sherpa of choice for the weekend). She wasn’t doing the race since she got sick but still offered to come down and help us with cheering, and also for the drive back home after the race. Anyways we went to the hotel and stayed there until the next Sunday morning. Did the usual pre race stuff.

blogger-image-21273471Sunday came, we enjoyed the benefits of being in the club village this year. It is pretty nice to have that since we have a place to camp near transition. We just got there while the team people got ready. We chatted a bit but not much, usually we are not too chatty without being rude. There were a lot of nerves because of the bad weather which at that point we had nothing else we could do other than let Mother Nature take her course with our day.

This year our waves were different than last year, I went in maybe 30 min before Felipe. The swim was rough, chop and current took at beat on us and it was not fun to see people taken out as we were getting off the dock. The bike while uneventful we were being very cautious as the roads where wet. A little of a tail wind on the way out and cross wind on the way back made it for a fun bike. Galveston is an out and back bike which it’s cool because you see everyone and we saw pretty much the whole team. Getting off the bike we hit the run. Puli didn’t feel well, he was getting belly cramps after probably taking too much salt water on the swim, Res keep pushing forward with her awesome steady pace.

blogger-image--1918549458blogger-image--39903413It was a great day. Felipe managed to have a PR on this course and a sub 6:00 70.3 with a 5:59. I managed a 6:40 which wasn’t a PR but knowing our load over the next months a number I can work with since we don’t want to get injured nor push too much too early as the year will be long and this is just the beginning. We definitely have learned to read our bodies, our fitness and endurance are there, we need to put longer hours and get some speed but other than that we have a tough couple of months coming up and want to do well without breaking apart.

We were also glad to spend time with almost all our teammates and our cheering crowd who were awesome. One more for our 70.3 distance… Again one of our fave races and we will probably do it again, being so close to home.

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Time to get motivated so we can get the peak of our Challenge Atlantic City training in and work on our weak points. Other than that… Let’s continue having some fun. 🙂IMG_0136

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Anniversary and a little running

20131025-000249.jpgThis week we celebrated our 8th wedding anniversary, and to celebrate it how better than spending a weekend with 22 of our Tri-ing friends doing a 200 mile relay run in Kentucky. It’s pretty funny how it works, but out of the 8, 5 have always been traveling somewhere and why not make it a 6th.

It’s been the best 8 years of our lives, add a couple more since we dated for a couple before getting married. The last 2 have probably been the healthiest, since we started doing all these crazy triathlons and runs. So to celebrate and thanks to destiny, we decided to spend it doing a 200 mile run in Kentucky.

A few months ago our team signed up for the Bourbon Chase in Kentucky. We had heard about the relay runs and had known some people that did Ragnar, so we knew what it was but never imagined doing such a thing, so what is it? A relay run is a run between 2 cities. They have them all over the place, the parent of all is the famous Hood to Coast in Oregon for instance. This one is from Louisville to Lexington and it is somewhat along the old Bourbon Trail. The logistics are complicated, you can have as little as 6 people on your team if you are an ultrarunner (topic for another day) but 12 will make it really easy. Our teams both had 11 people. What that meant was that we had 2 vans, one of 6 people and one of 5. 20131025-000210.jpgGuess what? We were on the van of 5 people, in turn that made 3 of our van runners run one extra leg to cover for the runner we didn’t have. We started in Louisville at the Jim Beam distillery. We arrived to LOU on Thursday afternoon to meet up with the rest of the team. Friday was early breakfast and get to the starting line to get vans decorated, last minute logistics and get on the road. Our teams were starting on the 12:15 wave which gave us enough time to take it easy. After they all started we headed to one of the exchanges and then to the van exchange. At van exchange, van 1 goes to rest and van 2 gets active… By active I mean really active, you are going for the next 5-6 hours. We started at around 5:30 at the Makers Mark Distillery, and then about every 40 minutes to 1:30 (depending on the runs) we had to exchange runners. Did that 6 times. The first run was led by 2 of our fastest guys, they clocked a 0:40 10k, then the next girls started and so on. Felipe started at around 7:40 and he had a long leg, 8 miles or so, he did them with another girl from the other van in a little over 1:05 they were moving pretty good, he turned it over to me for my leg of the run… The wait was killing me and I wanted to get moving. Running at night felt great, it was a little cold getting down to the 50s, which during the run doesn’t bother you as much as when you are simply standing, we were keeping our anticipated pace and we were enjoying the run. When we came in we turned it over to the next girls and we had to get ready for our next 5 mile leg. That was my time to pick the extra leg, it is pretty interesting when you are down for an hour and try to get going how stiff you get, but we got ready, changed into dry clothes, stayed warm and drove off to the next leg. We started at around 11 and finished right before midnight so we could handoff to van 1. We just wanted warm food, a shower a bed and shut our eyes for a little bit. We were in 20131025-000519.jpgDanville, KY by then and had reservations at a hotel so each van could do all of the above. By 4 am we had to be ready for the next exchange. That meant 2 hours of sleep or closing your eyes for 2 hours (whatever came first). We headed to the exchange and then once again moving. My next leg didn’t come around until almost 7 am, it was another 5 miler, weather was holding up, but it was cloudy/overcast the whole way we were running thought the sunrise with no sun, so it was kind of nice, still headlamps and safety vests with the early morning mist. When I came back from that run, Felipe was not at the exchange, he had to run his double leg a few hours later so he was trying to stay warm, rest and besides he was cramping so he was trying to take in some salts. Anyways we headed off and Felipe closed that shift of our van at Four Roses distillery, right before the downpour happened. We then went off to get some breakfast which ended up being lunch and wait for the next exchange which was the last one, our vans were closing the run in Lexington. We waited for the teams at the Woodford Reserve Distillery and it was tough, we were tired, cold, and getting stiffer by the minute. We waited and around 2 pm they showed up, did our little chat while waiting for their runners and off we went. I was a bit worried because that last leg for me was the longest at 8.4 miles with rolling hills and a couple long ones too. It turned out to be one of the most beautiful runs, as the sky was clearing up and we were running through horse farms. We did what we could at that one keeping a 1 mile run – 1 minute walk interval which I was completely fine with after running 24.1 in less than 24 hours I was ready to be done. We were so close, yet so far, we had 2 more runners after I was done, which I was really happy for.

20131025-000708.jpgAs a whole, we had a blast, yes we were tired, cold, hungry, sleepy but we got to push our limits as usual, got a lot of quality time together, and got to spend time with great friends. We wouldn’t change that for anything and we are glad we signed up for it with the team. Can’t wait to do it again next time one comes up. Now this week, besides celebrating our anniversary on Tuesday with an awesome couples massage which we needed so much we got to continue our Dallas Marathon training, ran the Friends of the River 6k and will be running the No Limits Half Marathon on Saturday. Feels so good now that the weather has cooled down a bit and we can enjoy nice runs outside without getting cooked while at it.

A little 20131025-000454.jpglong post, a lot went on for our anniversary weekend, and week… Feeling blessed that I can spend it with the love of my life.

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