2010 YEAR IN REVIEW 2010
2010 was an excellent year that kind of fizzled at the end so I am doing a year in review to inspire me for the upcoming “season”
WCOC aka Oliver Olympic Triathlon
Swim: 1500 m Bike: 40 km Run: 10 km
I had high hopes for this Olympic distance triathlon, but I was not prepared for the open water swim in early May. There is no way I could be prepared for it we only started being able to swim in the lake the week before….The only thing that kept me going was the support of family and friends. Mom and Dad and Mer out on the bike route, Anna on the run course, Gary running me in to the finish, Mike and Heather and Coach Kev at the finish, tri buddies along the way, and of course Mark everywhere (not laughing as I was bawling after a horrible swim). I think I will need to revisit this one with some lake swimming under my belt.
Man of Steel: Rec. Division
Bike: 10 km Swim: 400 m Run: 5 km
TIME: 00:58:23 1st Place
This was a great race right from the beginning. All of my indoor training in the fall and spring really paid off. I got on my bike and took off like a shot. Hills that would have bogged me down in the past were like ant hills, not Hillbourne of course it is still hilly The swim was kinda meh, I am not a great swimmer without a good warm up and it was a pool swim with next to no warm up, did okay though. Now the run was awesome. This is where my competitive streak came out, I googled my closest competitor to check what her 5 km run time was on a similar course. I am not proud of it but it kept me going and I had a goal to beat. I was lucky to have my friend Heather to run with and she pushed me hard. Later she told me she was pushing hard too. I ran a great time on a hilly hot course and I was so happy with the race. Best of all a bunch of my buddies were in the race too. Such a fun sport. Gotta do it again this year and see if I can knock some more time off. I know Bryn is gunning for me.
Peachland Beach Run
TIME: 00:24:13 4th in my age group
Heather and I decided to run together in the beginning and then see what happened as the race developed. I guess I ran a bit faster than she expected because we got a fast start to the race and since it was only 5 km we kept bookin’ it. She pulled away from me but I was able to keep her in my sights. I had another couple of ladies that I tried to keep up with and that spurred me on. When I crossed the finish line I couldn’t believe that I had knocked over 3 min off my last years time, in which I came 4th as well. All depends who shows up for the race…
Across the Lake Swim Kelowna
2.1 km open water
TIME: 00:44:45 (my goal was 45 min)
I was really quite nervous about this event. I felt a lot better about the concept of swimming across a large open water distance after having some lake swimming practice, but it was still daunting. As I was swimming I really worked on my spotting and trying to swim in the straightest most efficient manner. During the middle portion of the swim I got worried that I was really off course or last because I could see anyone around me, it turns out that I was right on course and a whole heck of a lot of people were way off course, like floating towards the bridge off course. While I wasn’t thinking about spotting I was focusing of swim techniques in order to not think about what was lurking beneath. Great experience I’ll probably do it again.
Summerland Sprint Triathlon
Swim: 750 m (slightly short) Bike: 20 km Run: 5 km (slightly long)
TIME: 1:24:12 21 min faster than last year!
This was a great race. While I was racing it there were times when I questioned WTF am I doing? As I watch the time and I knew that I was going to beat my last years time handily I became very happy. I knew something was amiss when I came out of the water in 12:27 almost 9 min faster than last year. As we would find out there were some technical difficulties with the swim markers. That being said I was still faster on the swim. The bike was close to my goal of riding it in 38 min at 40:30 11 min faster than last year. It was hard transitioning from bike to run and some of the girls I was keeping up to on the bike zipped past me on the run. On the other hand some of the men that had been ahead of me on the bike were now walking and I was passing them. The run times were very close which is not much of a surprise as running was my “specialty” last year. I did improve my time by 1:15, plus we think the run was a tad longer than last year with some course adjustments.
A great race. I will do it again for sure. I don’t know how much more time I can knock off though…
UBC Fall Classic 1/2 Marathon
TIME: 2:18:13 right in the middle of my goal range
I had no idea of what to expect on the day of the race, I had been suffering with IT band, knee and hip pain for a couple of weeks and I wasn’t able to get my long run past 17 km without a ton of pain. I went to physio and massage and just rested and hoped. On the day of the race it was -3 plus the windchill and there was ice on the ground! I started off conservatively and by 3 km I was feeling okay despite almost wiping out on the icy slight downhill. Who did I see on the side of the road? Mark, he had pulled up with sore calf and could not continue at the pace he had been running. Lucky me, he decided to pace me until he couldn’t run any further, and double lucky me he was able to run the whole thing. The distance really wasn’t that bad. Near the end I was getting a bit antsy and I just wanted to be done. Mark stopped to pick up a wrapper I had dropped and I popped on my headphones and found the running demon within. I just started booking it. I started to reel in target runners. The guy in the green shirt gotcha! 2:20 goal lady gotcha, lady with twins we chatted with at 12 km in who dropped us at the aid station gotcha.
Doesn’t matter that I could barely walk or lower myself to a seated position for 2 days after I am so happy with my result. I would like to do it again better trained, uninjured and in warmer weather. In other words perfect conditions, oh and a tailwind both ways if you don’t mind.
Here is to a great 2011. Fitness, happiness and camaraderie.