I knew I didn't prep like I had last year. Last year was a whole different caliber. This year has been a completely different beast to tame. My head and heart have been all over the place. So I took the fitness I had and decided to just race to the MY best in that moment on that day. No pressure, no major time goals, no disapointment...high five EVERY kiddo, smile, push, live in the moment, repeat.
Typically pre-race I feel sick to my stomach, have major anxiety, and
|Lovely Liz, of the RED LADIES, #Casey'swife|
|COME HERE CASEY (the stud who just rocked IMTX also on #teamBSC)|
|Sandy Brown says...look like you're gazing over the H2O...who does that with a straight face!?!?!?! #nostressinghere|
|high fives and two thumbs up|
Was not my fastest swim at this race, nor was it my slowest. The conditions were perfect so I might have needed to be a bit more serious and attempt to swim straight and not take the long way around the buoys. No excuses, it was 3 min slower than my PR at this distance and for what I've put in this year...I'll take it.
The bike...hmm, despite some Garmin snaffu's the bike was pretty ok! My legs were on fire until.mile.40...SERIOUSLY LEGS? Well at least they warmed up right?!
I had an AMAZING cheer section at mile 35 on the bike. at the top of a pretty good hill. Damn my girls are the best. #lovemyathletes It was such an epic section of cheer, I was asked on the run if I was 'the Kelly' from the bike course! Ha! So.much.fun. THANKS LADIES!!! (I'll add more pictures later, I have some good ones!)
The run...hmmm, no real major issues. I have been running pretty good lately, if I had any expectations for this race, it would have been on the run. Being present and in the moment was an intention I made from the start. I wanted to make sure that I was working as hard as I could at that particular moment and if so GREAT!...if not, well I needed to get there. My legs didn't feel great...ever during the 2 loops. My mantra during the 2nd loop was "round 2...fight"...is that from a video game? hmm. weird as I don't even own a DVD player, much less a video game thing...oh wait, I do have the original Nintendo.
After reviewing my race plan, Michelle wrote me to high 5 every kiddo and I did just that. Try it! It totally makes you smile (i.e. have fun!).
Overall it turned out to be exactly what I had hoped. I smiled almost the whole race, I finished in a respectable place/time and I had FUN! I won't lie, it is was so nice not chasing PR's, world champ slots, etc, etc, etc. & even with all the fun I had, I was only 7' slower than my PR on this course...with way less fitness. I think there is something to be said about limiting stress and having fun in this sport. Sounds like a good plan for the rest of the season, no?
Post race shenanigans...
|Kept my eye on the prize.|
|Getting the new babe (no, not mine) ready for the "LaPan medal" photo shoot.|
|Despicable me and aloha pants #chillin|
Big thanks to everyone who reaches out every.single.time I race. It means a ton hearing from everyone. Lots of xoxoxo to my coach, #teamBSC and my athletes. #lovebeingacoach