After yesterday's failed and disappointed ride; I needed to have a good workout or two this morning. Today called for a track workout (with my friends who are in the DC Triathlon Club Women's Group) and another pool swim.
Today's track workout brought a very strange distance mileage wise to my Garmin. I usually run whole or half miles; but 3.60 miles, how the heck did that happen. Well the fact that I was busy catching up with my friend Tamieka about her upcoming vacation and not paying attention to my Garmin caused that. Today's workout was a good one. After a mile warm up with drills on the last 400; we did a 1600 steady with a 400 recovery followed by an 800 steady with a 400 recovery then last a 400 fast with a 400 recovery. I have to look at my Garmin data on Garmin Connect; but I think I broke 9 minutes on the 1600 aka the mile; YIPPIE! I think my paces for the 800 and 400 were spectacular as well; so I'm super pleased!
I didn't see this till after my swim was done but my friend Tamieka always posts after her run Thursday morning on Instagram. LOVED what comment I saw today as "@meangreentri (that's my Insta account) way to rock it today!!!". My heart is full and I love that she noticed how I did today.
Onto the swim a short time later. Since we run track at Richard Montgomery and today's workouts had 25s and 75s in it; I had no choice but to go to Kennedy Shriver Aquatic Center, where I work to do my swim. For after a run my swim was actually pretty decent. I've been doing this for a while but writing my workout in bright colors gives me a great way to be motivated to get in the pool. And well; since the pool heater is broken the water temp said 83 but it felt a little chillier so it took me almost 30 minutes to actually dive in once I first felt the water with my toes. I'm such a procrastinator. I always do my warm up and cool down with a mix of free and back, but my coach (thanks Heather) said everything needs to be freestyle because "triathlete's don't swim stroke during triathlons". I totally screwed up on the 75s and did a few 75s and a few 125s because as usual; I lost count even with the Garmin. My pace overall was awesome for short course meters so I'm a HAPPY triathlete. Tomorrow is a long swim; I don't even want to blab about that workout cause it's cruel and unusual punishment and a 1 hour and 30 minute bike ride (praying it rains after I bike; don't wanna do a trainer ride). Onward in this amazing journey.
I think this screenshot says it all. “Results are great but this sport is supposed to be fun.” This conversation came after my triathlon season opener at Rev3 Montclair Triathlon in Montclair, Virginia. Going into this triathlon; my first since Ironman Lake Placid which was last July, I wanted to do well. The goal was to have a good swim, CRUSH the bike, and just get through the run pain free (that story will come up at some point). Well I did just that this past Sunday. Something I didn’t tell a single soul was that all I could think about leading up to the race was placing in my age group and standing somewhere on that podium. When I finished and got my results to find out where I stood; 6 out of 19 in the female 30-34 age group, I was truly BUMMED until I saw results online and had to take that screenshot and send it to Heather. I had an amazing swim, a fierce bike, and well my run needs some work in the speed department. But the fact that I had the SECOND FASTEST swim and the THIR…
Sometimes you never know who will walk into your life and how much it will end up affecting you. I have to say how lucky I am that I found a friend in Moira. The affect she has had on me is something that is very hard to explain. Friends are there when you need it most; and well Moira has been there when I’ve needed her most. I am grateful and thankful for her. Unfortunately I found out sometime ago that Moira is about to battle the greatest battle of her life... Breast Cancer. Come Tuesday Moira will start her first round of chemo. If you ask me; well don't because it brings tears to my eyes and I cry to think and hear and say that of all people... this my friends is happening to Moira.
I first met Moira in July 2016 when I tackled Ironman Lake Placid. Women for Tri had a practice swim Thursday and Friday morning down at Mirror Lake where the swim of Ironman Lake Placid takes place. I thought “what the heck” I’ll go down because what other things do I have to get done at 7am.…
Today was good; real good. I've trained my heart out for months for the moments I had today. I really wasn't sure that the moments I had today were possible until I looked up at the time board at the Germantown Indoor Swim Center. My mouth dropped open so wide and there was this smile. The smile of a champion. The first and second in age group really don't matter much either. My new personal bests matter but in ways are just numbers. As a swimmer; I trained and saw results. But results again are just numbers. Today I found a love for swim meets; masters meets to be more specific. My friends cheered for me and I cheered for them. I just LOVED today. As I said today was good.