race weekend 4 of 4! BUT this time it wasn’t my race… yay!
chris participated in his second triathlon today and it was so fun to be out there to cheer him on again, as well as a ton of our teammates and tara too!
first though, i did a couple more runs this week…
friday after work i went out for an easy 6 miler. my legs were already feeling WAY better and pretty much recovered, but i tried to keep the pace on the easy end.
6.0 miles/54:39/9:06 avg
saturday morning i wanted to run about 8 miles before we hit the road, so i got out around 8. it is definitely spring around here right now and i was warm from the get go, but not hot. i did a rolling hills route from my house that i hadn’t done in a while and just zoned out to my music. my legs warmed up as i went and i negative split the second half of the run. it was a nice day and i was happy my legs were feeling good again!
8.2 miles/1:11:48/8:45 avg pace
early afternoon we headed down to san jose to pick up chris’s packet and then even further south to morgan hill where the triathlon was going to be. we relaxed that afternoon, went to a team dinner, and got everything ready to go for the morning. this was the first time EVER that it was going to be an early morning race chris was participating in that i wasn’t. i could tell he was a little nervous but he fell asleep easily and the 4am alarm clock went off way too early.
we got up and he got ready to go and i got my spectator stuff together. we made it to the start line just after 5 when it was still dark out. our team had their own bike racks, so he got a great spot being so early. he set up his stuff and we walked around a bit talking to people and getting situated.
this triathlon (the morgan hill sprint triathlon) was longer than the last sprint he did. this one was .75 mile swim, 16 mile bike and 5 mile run. he has really been working on his open water swim since the last one because he wasn’t happy with how it went, so i could tell he was anxious to get in the water and get that part over with. it wasn’t long before it was time and he headed out into the cold water. it was foggy out and i was SO glad i was not jumping in the water.
i was nervous for him but knew he was going to do great, and he did! he came out of the water in under 19 minutes and towards the front of his age group. i was so happy and relieved to see him out of the water, just because
less than two minutes later he was out on the bike! i wasn’t able to be as close to the transition as i was in his last tri, but i could still see him head off. it was fun to have so many teammates there too to cheer on!
about 49 minutes later he came in on the bike and less than a minute after that was out on the run!
we positioned ourselves close to the run finish and had a great spot to see people coming in off the run. it was still overcast out, but perfect weather to be running in. 35 minutes after he left on the run he was back and crossing the finish line to his second triathlon!
he crossed the finish line in just over 1:45 and seemed much happier with this one than his first one. he always comes away with lessons and areas he wants to improve on. the thing i love about chris and these triathlons, is he sees where he wants to improve and immediately takes action to get better. after the last one, he really wanted to work on his swim and he has been open water swimming multiple times and getting advice from a lot of people. he had a great swim this time and felt so much better about it. i was VERY proud of him! next up an olympic distance tri, then his big half ironman in july! i can’t wait… he is only going to keep getting better (and he is already awesome), and it’s so fun to watch!
hope you all had a great weekend and CONGRATS to all the racers out there!