Monday, July 15, 2013

Mountain Man SPRINT Race Recap!!

Both, 'Mr. Sprinkles and Glitter' and I did the Mountain Man Sprint Triathlon in Flagstaff, AZ this weekend. It was absolutely amazing!

We have been going up Flagstaff quite a bit to train on the hills that are in the bike/run course and just to get used to the altitude up there. So I have been super excited for this race. I've never done a sprint distance before, and I was ready to push myself as hard as I could on the shorter distance.

We left Saturday morning and stopped at our favorite breakfast place, Biscuit's, on the way out. Once we got up there, we checked into our hotel room, went to packet pickup, and then ate lunch at Chipotle. (Driving is hard and makes you hungry ;))

After lunch, we met up with some friends and I bought their old Timex watch- it just so happens to be the exact same as 'Mr. Sprinkles and Glitter'. He recently broke his charger and was in desperate need of one to charge his watch for the race, so it all worked out perfectly. Since it was the exact same watch I had no choice but to bling mine out! How could we tell the difference if I didn't?!

After we met up with them, we went back to the hotel and took care of some very important things- 'Mr. Sprinkles and Glitter' cleaned his bike and I painted my nails... like I said, very important things. ;)

Before I knew it, it was time to eat again! Both 'Mr. Sprinkles and Glitter' and I eat the same thing before every race. He has a steak with a sweet potato and I have pasta with chicken and broccoli- no sauce. So we went to Outback where we could get both of those things. The wait was ridiculous, but the hostess told us there was open seating in the bar. We headed into the bar and found a table right away- score!!

After dinner, we went back to the hotel room and I got in bed as fast as possible.

We woke up, got ready, and checked out of the hotel. Heading down to the lake where the race started, I was so excited but started to get nervous. Once we got there, we went our separate ways and got ready. We met back up and walked down to the swim start together. He started before me, so we quickly said goodbye and he took off.

Shortly after, it was my turn. The water didn't feel as cold as I remembered it feeling from the previous weekend- which was nice. I started towards the front and felt great. I got to the first buoy and felt fine (I was a little worried the altitude would make it hard to breathe) so I picked up the pace and as I got closer and closer to the finish I kept increasing my pace. I was hoping to be around 16 minutes but was happy with my 18:16 finish- especially when a friend pointed out to me that I finished the swim 1st in my age group!

I quickly moved into transition and got on my bike as fast as I could. I knew the course and tried to push myself outside of my comfort zone. Once I reached the turnaround point, I knew there was a slight downhill the whole way back so, once again, I picked up the pace.

Before I knew it, I was back in transition putting on my running shoes. I headed out on the run and kept it at a comfortable pace. If there was one thing I could do differently for this race- it would be the run. I wish I would have pushed myself harder and not just stayed in my comfort zone.

I finished in 1:33 and was happy with that. A PR since I've never raced this distance before! ;) Plus I finished 5th in my age group (out of 14). There was 2 minutes separating me from first place- which again, is why I wish I would have pushed a little hard on the run.

Once we finished, we stopped for pizza and headed home. A drive that usually takes us 2 and half hours ended up taking us over 4 because of an accident. We literally we're at a dead stop for over an hour before we started inching forward. It. was. horrible!

Beautiful picture, courtesy of my  iPhone ;)

We are both racing Mountain Man in Flagstaff next month, when is your next race?

Friday, July 5, 2013

National Running Day 2013!

Happy National Running Day everyone!!

I posted this on my Facebook....

*Happy National Running Day everyone!! Get out there and feel the wind in your hair!! 
 I was looking forward to such a good run today. I have been taking it pretty easy haven't done anything since my race last weekend so I was more than ready for some sweat! I got even more excited when 'Mr. Sprinkles and Glitter' said he would join me for my 4 mile run after work!

We left the house and he decided we should run the wrong way around the block (counterclockwise versus' clockwise). It was like a brand new run! I've run around my block (the "right" way) over a 100 times but I've never run it backwards.

Well, about 100 yards into the run I felt my hair getting lose. I went to redo my ponytail- BOOM! my hair-tie snaps and goes flying into the road. I'm left there running, holding my hair up with my hand; asking 'Mr. Sprinkles and Glitter' if he has an extra hair tie. He doesn't, go figure!

I couldn't hold my hair the entire run and when I let it go I felt like I should be running in slow motion on a beach somewhere. So that definitely wasn't going to work. I braided it and then tucked it into the side of my tank top. It wasn't pretty but it worked. I would have to redo it every 10-15 minutes, but it was better than the alternative.

Overall, we did 4.15 REALLY hot miles. It wasn't bad- but I could definitely feel that I was still sore from the race.

Did you get out there and run today?