at the races

between chris and my racing schedules this summer is jam packed!  i feel like we will be spending practically every weekend at some sort of race.  for the months of june and july one of us has a race 6 out of 8 weekends (including last weekend and this weekend)… sheesh.  it is SO fun though and i love that it’s a part of our lives.  what did we do before we got into this stuff?

i started off saturday with a “long” run.  i had planned on doing around 14 but i wasn’t really feeling it.  i was out the door around 6:30am and it was already pretty warm and it was WINDY!  i found my groove eventually though and was picking up the pace without knowing it.  then i talked myself into a few more miles ending up with 11 total for the day which i was happy with. 

11.0 miles/1:37:10/8:50 avg pace

my next long race isn’t until july 25th (sf half) so i know keeping my runs between 10 and 14 is totally fine for the time being, and that cutting down to 11 was definitely fine for this week.  i actually don’t really know how 14 got in my head originally. 

looking back at my last 3 weeks i have been building up my miles, so this was a perfect week to cut down the miles a bit and give the legs a little break.  usually i run 6 days, but with chris’s triathlon and other busy stuff going on i decided to take sunday as a rest day in addition to tuesday.

total miles for the week: 36.6



i love watching these!  there is always something going on so it’s very fun to spectate.  chris is training for the vineman half ironman coming up in mid july and this was going to be his last race in training and his longest to date.  it was an olympic distance (1500m swim, 24.9 mile bike, 6.2 mile run) and down in san jose.  we decided to stay down there just so we didn’t have to get up as early, but still the alarm went off at 4:00 am. 

we made it to the start just before 5:30 and he got his stuff all set up.  we walked around a bit talking to our teammates and getting things together and then before i knew it, it was time for him to go!  he was in the second wave and it went off right on time.

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it has been really warm in the bay area this weekend, and it was starting to get warm, but it was still pleasant temperatures when he was out of the water (~24 min) and onto the bike.

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once he came off the bike (~1:13) i could tell people were getting warm.  everyone was dumping water on their head as they ran by the water table, but he looked great and cruised by.

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it was DEFINITELY warm by the time he came in to the finish line (~45 min).  i was feeling it just standing there so i know the athletes were definitely feeling it.  he did awesome though and finished his furthest triathlon to date in a great time of 2:26!

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CONGRATS on another great race chris!  i can’t wait for the next one :)


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18 Responses to at the races

  1. Tara June 13, 2010 at 5:03 pm #

    Nice run and great job to chris out there today! I'm excited for Vineman…he's gonna kick ass! :)

  2. P June 13, 2010 at 5:06 pm #

    Big congrats to your speedy husband – that's a terrific time!! Can't wait to hear how he does at Vineman. My husband is training for his first half-iron distance in September.

  3. marathonmaiden June 13, 2010 at 6:36 pm #

    you are a racing queen :) congrats to chris. i think i've said it before but triathletes are so hardcore and awesome. i don't think i'd ever be able to do that!

  4. Jo Lynn June 13, 2010 at 8:01 pm #

    Congratulations Chris!! What a great time too – looks like he was always by himself. In the lead perhaps? ;)

  5. Christine June 14, 2010 at 2:51 am #

    Congrats to Chris, this is an awesome time!! Sounds like you guys have a busy summer filled with races, but that is always fun, especially if you can make little getaways out of it! :) Good luck!!

  6. Denise June 14, 2010 at 4:16 am #

    it's nice that you two are so active together. congrats to chris!

  7. runner26 June 14, 2010 at 4:27 am #

    congrats to chris! TRIs are so cool!! and nice road bike, btw ;)

  8. Lisa June 14, 2010 at 4:42 am #

    Congrats to Chris!!

  9. The Happy Runner June 14, 2010 at 4:50 am #

    Fun! Congrats to Chris — that's great!

  10. Laura June 14, 2010 at 5:11 am #

    Congrats to the hubs! Mine keeps scheduling races and telling me at the last minute so I have missed both this year. Maybe I make him nervous?

  11. J June 14, 2010 at 5:40 am #

    Congrats to Chris on another great Tri!! he is going to rock the half Ironman! Great job on your long run! Your pace is awesome!

  12. Marlene June 14, 2010 at 6:07 am #

    Congrats to Chris!!!!

    Sounds like a good plan on your long runs … it must be nice having some flexibility for the time being.

    I hear you on the packed schedule. It's tiring, but so much fun!

  13. Katie A. June 14, 2010 at 7:12 am #

    That race was right by my house – I ran along side all the bike riders. Didn't know you guys were there for that.

  14. Kristina June 14, 2010 at 7:20 am #

    congrats to your speedy hubby! and great run yourself :)

  15. Jon Gilchrist June 14, 2010 at 9:57 am #

    greate ffort on his part….sounds like he's headed in the rigth direction for Vineman

  16. Chic Runner June 14, 2010 at 1:02 pm #

    YAY for Chris! He seriously is kicking butt out there. :) I can't wait to see the results of the vineman. Spectating is sometimes just as fun as racing and it gets me so excited. :) Glad you guys had a great weekend!

  17. June 14, 2010 at 3:28 pm #

    way to go chris! he is a pro! :)

  18. lindsay June 16, 2010 at 5:01 am #

    Congrats to your amazing hubby :) as usual you make me feel super slack on my running/workouts… What else is new ;-)

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