Saturday, July 24, 2010


That's right folks, time to break out the pink....AND the skirt! That means I want to have fun, take it casually, not worry about the competition side of things. I am a very indecisive person, probably the most ever....I think ;) so only signed up for Stansbury the night before debating between the tri and a competitive 10k, but in the end, decided I wanted to be able to do the sport I really love, just for the fun of it. Now it isn't that I don't have fun racing more competitive races, I do (why else would I put myself through that pain?!?), but this one I could approach without my race kit on, enjoy the course, smile, just have fun.
Well, turns out it worked pretty well. Swam a 10 minute something (short swim), 1st lady out of the water - sweet! The water was warm and murky, but at least didn't taste bad. The bike was very flat, but had lots of turns. They were well marked and manned by police officers, and did slow you down a bit obviously, but made it fun too. I was passed by the first lady about 5 miles into the bike. Here's where I had to decide "am I here for fun, or do I want to race her". Well, I did a little of both :) Tried to stay pretty close to her, but didn't go too crazy. Averaged 21.7mph, not too badQuick transition, and onto the run. Uhg, my stomach was sloshing with liquid the entire run. That makes things so uncomfortable, especially to try to push it which by this point I was. I ran the first 2 miles comfortable behind lady #1, probably 20-30 seconds back, she was always in my sights. I ran strong, but didn't seem to make much ground up on her, and it sure didn't feel good with my stomach as it was. We were down to that last mile and I had crept up a little bit so I figured I might as well at least try to catch her, so I pushed a little harder and eventually caught her with about 1/2 mile to go and then really ran strong. I never looked back, figured she'd be right there, I just had to give it what I had, and that I did, throwing up a bit 50 yards from the finish line in front of a bunch of spectators. I apologized and continued on my way very happy with a WIN! 4th overall among the men too. 20:27 5kI had a bunch of teasing about "I thought today was play, you weren't taking it serious", and "it must be the skirt", but I guess when it comes down to it, I do really like to compete and push myself. I DID have FUN though, and I DIDN'T take it too SERIOUSLY. It was chill :)
2nd place, a cool lady named Beth wasn't there for awards unfortunately
So anyway, there you go, quick race report, short and sweet. Glad I went and played. It was so fun to meet so many people too. I had several people come up to me after saying that they see me at the races, compliment my sweet bike (she is kind of pretty eh? I'm still not 100% used to bike complements), and tell me they read my blog. That's awesome! Thanks for coming up and talking! I'm so happy to have blogger friends even if we've never met- real life friends are great too - so speak up! Leave me a comment and tell me you're there!

Saturday, July 17, 2010


Such a cool race. Super challenging for sure for several reasons, but super cool.

We camped there at the state park which is totally the way to go. So nice to be there early, and they have nice bathrooms and showers. Got there that evening in time to eat a traditional whole wheat pasta, all natural Ragu sauce and sauteed zucchini and yellow squash dinner with my friends Chuck and Shayla who camped with us. Also checked out the transition area. Yikes! You have to mount on an incline and do a standing climb the first 50 feet you're on your bike. Interesting to say the least. Slept fine, awoke to a nice calm, reasonable temperature morning.

1.75 mile Swim: 49:07. Wasn't a good swim. My goggles fogged up the entire time, and the buoys were non existent for the first mile of a 1.75 mile straight shot swim. Not so much fun. I probably could have just swam straight to the hill we were sighting off of, but the buoys on the far side of me threw me off and I wasn't sure whether I was supposed to swim by them or not. Should have just gone straight and not tried to align myself with the buoys. Oh well. When I got out I was in 6th I think, and a whopping 7 minutes behind the lead, Sarah. Ouch. Was super cool to all be driven out in boats to the island 1.75 miles away. Was kind of a party all of us in the 6 or so boats just hanging out before the race got started.

39 mile Bike: 2:13. Very happy with that time. I had practiced it pretty hard in 2:20, so was very happy to be under that on race day and still feeling fine. Bumped my avg from 15.4mph to 17.4 mph, or something like that. This course is a beast, one like IMSG it helps to know beforehand. Nice barefoot mount and made it up from T2 fine, then flat for the first 8 or so miles, then climbs 2000 feet along a mine to 9600ft in about 5 miles, with a 8-9% grade the last 2 miles up. Quick 1000 ft descent, rollers out to the turnaround at Electric Lake, and do it all again, backwards. I didn't push the first climb too hard, but felt good and pretty strong on it. Descended both sections pretty well, but got toasted on the second one by the girl in front of me. She is just wicked fast on the down hills - darn! I worked my way up to maybe 15 seconds behind her too by the second climb when I was down by maybe 2 minutes at one point. I'm pretty happy with how I went down though and wasn't willing to risk anything, and knew we all still had a run to go. Stayed smart, on top of my nutrition. Had the pleasure of having a local retired pro Marcel Vifian ride up on his scooter next to me many times during the bike and the run offering compliments, motivation, encouragement, even against HIS athlete who was right in front of me. But as he put it, "It's about getting the best race out of yourself not about who you beat so I encourage everyone to have their own personal best race" He also figured by me going faster it would motivate his athlete Ali to go faster. :) I really appreciated his encouragement. Very cool guy. Oh and also very cool, got to use Powertri's race wheels that day - mmmmm
10 mile Run: 1:19. Happy with this. Not estatic, but happy. This is a flat run on the road, but oh boy is it hot! It is super exposed black black pavement. I had planned to take my jersey off soon into the run and that is exactly what I did (go ahead and take note of the abs folks. I get a lot of grief for being as small as I am after my 3 kids, but I'm not perfect. I don't think I've ever gone totally without a jersey before, but in that heat, I didn't even care). The other precaution I took was to attatch 2 dry sponges from the dollar store (come in colorful packs of 10) to my race belt with little hair elastics. No extra weight, no bounce, nothing to hold, there when I needed them. About mile 5 I pulled them out, stuffed them in a cup of water, then quickly put them under my bra straps. I would repeat this every aid station. It was quick, and effective at cooling me down and giving me something to suck on when I was dying waiting for another aid station. That was an issue with this course. It was so hot out and 10 miles is a long way to run still. Aid stations 1.5-2 miles apart just wasn't enough for me. I guess I could've brought my own water, but didn't want to deal with any extra weight if at all possible.
The legs felt decent. I went out with a pretty decent clip and just hoped to be able to hang onto it. I left transition in 5th, that worried me a little, but then I saw the lady who supposedly went into transition in 3rd, riding her bike as I was a mile into the run. I thought 'what the heck?' and then it dawned on me - it's a relay!! So now I was in 4th. Came upon the 3rd place gal around mile 3 and she said something like "darn, I thought I told the volunteers back there not to let any women catch up to me". I said sorry and ran right on by. She tried to hang with me for a bit, but I was fine. From about mile 5 on it was just a game in my head of 'can I hold this pace for 5 more miles?' I was pretty confident I could, but there were a lot of times I was just dying to get to an aid station, sucking the life out of my sponges, and just putting one foot in front of the other trying to keep a quick cadence. About mile 8.5 there was relief knowing I could see the finish across the dam, but man the running was a challenge. Mile 9 came and hit me hard. That last mile was brutal. I hit a wall for sure. I don't think it was a nutritional wall, more of a heat and exhaustion wall. My legs were heavy and slow, and I wanted an excuse to walk, but I didn't, and finally rounded the corner and got to finish. SUCH a relief!
Gotta love the cheery 'smile for the camera' finish (I've been working on it).....
and this what I looked like 2 seconds later. It was a really hard day out there!
Total time: 4:24.28. With the bad swim that I had, I'll take the time. I managed to pull off a 3rd place overall women podium spot which was great. I really was happy with it. After coming out of the swim like I did, that was my goal for the day. My awesome teammate Sarah Jarvis had an absolutely outstanding day!! I beat myself up a little on the way home that I ever allow myself to compare me to her, thinking I'm in her league, but I can't do that, can't think that way. She is an animal, and just showed up and had a fantastic day! I have so much respect for her.
All I wanted to do from mile 5 on was jump in the lake as soon as I finished, but I found something colder and closer. I tromped in shoes and all immediately up on finishing. Oh it was great!
So fun to see so many friends, congrats to you all! I love the camaraderie of this sport, makes it so great to have so many people to say hi to and cheer for out there on the course. Good times!

And speaking of good times, I thought I'd put a video together for this race. Nothing fancy, a lot of pics you've seen already on this post, but the video shows some of the coolness of the course :) It also shows that I can laugh at myself. My personal favorite moments in the video are the wetsuit pull (kind of like a reverse wedgie I imagine) at :07, then my little 2 year old baby saying talking about the boats, followed by my reaction from 1:15-1:18, makes me laugh every time. And then Sarah and I talking about how we both hit a hard wall at mile 9, about 2:24. Enjoy!

Friday, July 16, 2010

Anyone miss 'The Wall' from IMSG?

Well no worries then, Scofield's Escape has got one! :)

I had the chance to train on the course a few weeks ago, and it's so cool. Challenging for sure, but so cool. Here's the low down. We swim 1.75 miles from an island in the lake. They drive us out in boats and we swim back. Then comes a 39 mile bike. This is no 'shorter than a half ironman bike though. We ride a nice pretty much flat 8 or so miles out to the canyon, then turn right and head UP. In the next 5 miles while riding along a coal mine (which I think is super cool, stuff I imagined as a kid) in the heavy beautiful forest, we climb 2000 feet in elevation, topping out at 9600 ft. And boy oh boy, those last 2 miles are brutal! Standing, barely moving, switchbacks to the tip tops of the trees. It's so so pretty. Then is a quick 2-3 mile descent down about 1000-1500 ft into the valley leading to Electric Lake below. From there it's another 2-3 miles rolling curvy road that reminds me of one of those 'zoom zoom zoom' car commercials, to the turnaround.
Then you do it all over again...backward :) Which I don't think is as hard, but you do get to climb up Scofield's 'Wall' which looked so similar to IMSG's the first time I rode it. After the quick descent down the mine side of the canyon we ride back into the tiny town of Scofield and back to the park.
And after the epic bike we encounter a 10 mile run, out and back on hot, black, totally exposed 11:00am. Enough said there. Yes there are no hilly, but oh baby it's gonna be hot!

Without further delay, here's a little photo tour of the course for you.

Turning into the canyon and beginning the climb. Love the foresty look and feel

The mine tunnel that travels with you for the next 3 miles

On top of the world!

Beautiful view from atop the Scofield 'Wall' Note the lovely winding brook to the left

Hopefully they won't be out on race day, but I got to ride through a whole herd of sheep on the road.

Past the sheep, time to head back up Scofield's 'Wall'

And back along the lack into town. Looks fun doesn't it! See you tomorrow Scofield!

Monday, July 12, 2010

Someone get me some sunscreen and body armor - STAT!

I tell ya, my skin has seen better days. Friday morning I got to run with my friend Charity on some trails up behind the avenues (killer hills I might add), and only a few minutes after thinking how it'd been so long since I'd fallen last, years really, I fell. Nothing too horrible, everything is still intact minus a little skin, but it's sure tender. The arm was the only real bleeder and it was kind of gross, but the leg is more tender to clothing or touch -although my arm doesn't let me into my aero bars :( I'm a dork and forgot that hydrogen peroxide does indeed burn and put some generously on my calf there - yeah, scared the kids a little with my labor like breathing to get through it.
Then we move on to tan lines. I've grown up with a good swim suit tan line on my back for years, but this year I have very little swim suit tan, and a hard shorts line. Does that tell you where I've been spending most my time? Yup, on the bike. I try to even it out running and at the pool, but it doesn't seem to be helping. Pretty sure it got its start at IMSG where I neglected any sunscreen for my legs. But don't let that fool you, I'm normally very diligent about sunscreen - no skin cancer for this girl please!

You like the neapolitan look I'm sporting? The camera lighting is weird for some reason so my skin looks horrible, but notice the 3 levels of tan I have, and the road/trail rash on my calf. Oh yeah..... :)
And speaking of IMSG, it's hard to see in this pic below, but I had a vertical 27 sunburned into my left calf for at least a month post race. It was awesome! What wasn't awesome were the painful sunburns on the small of my back from the place where my jersey and shorts don't match up. Serves me right, the only time that happens is when I wear my little shorts to get a good tan, not my PowerTri shorts. Oucho.

Keep that sunscreen on ya'll! And watch out for rocks :)