For that I must thank the power of the draft!
No way could I have held that speed on my own! Except for the 3 and 20 minute efforts where I was fending for myself, most of the ride was spent on someone’s wheel. I definitely pulled much less than my fair share since the other riders are so much stronger than I am.
Moroccan-Style Turkey and Chickpeas
I used this recipe, with some modifications based on what I had handy:
I served this over quinoa and later added in feta cheese and some fresh mango. I have no clue where the idea for the mango came from but it was really tasty. And feta makes most everything better, so naturally that worked as well.
This was really, really tasty - I absolutely love Moroccan flavors. Cumin, cinnamon, and coriander? Count me in! I’m Definitely going to be keeping this one in my rotation.
The past couple rides I went out on with this group I was dropped midway into the WARMUP as soon as the pace started to pick up.
Today we rode out easy and only did a single 3 minute pickup (split 4), and then there was a decent break before we started the main effort, so I was able to catch back up even though I fell behind on the pickup.
Our main set was a 20 minute TT effort (splits 6 and 7), which I pretty much did solo after losing the group a couple minutes in. However by the time the effort was over I caught up to one guy who had fallen back a bit and the rest of the group waited up for us.
After the effort we cruised back at a decent pace, and then I broke off around the last split to head home.
I’m really happy I was able to do the group workout, especially since I suffered pretty badly during last night’s track workout. Even though I certainly couldn’t hang on with the faster guys for the efforts, I was able to keep up enough that I could still be a part of the ride.
Triangle Sprint Triathlon - 7/19/14
Conditions: Pretty damn good weather overall, I was comfortable throughout the race. It was in the 70s and cloudy with almost no wind. Water temperature was 84˚, so a bit warm but it didn’t matter much for a sprint-length swim.
Swim (750m, 13:53, 21/187F): Finally, a swim that I am happy with! I felt good in the water, and the distance flew by. Sighting was easy and I didn’t get clobbered around, plus I got to draft for a short while.
T1 (1:40, 2/187F): T1 is my shit.
Bike (17.5mi, 51:50, 15/187F): I was both working hard and having an absolute blast on the bike. I started the race in wave 6 of 11, so there were plenty of people ahead of me to make targets to pass. The course was mostly rolling hills, though none were grueling. I definitely gained a lot of time here by riding smartly - pushing adequately on the downhills to gain a lot of momentum heading to the uphills.
T2 (1:30, 60/187): T2 is not my shit.
Run (5k, 24:21, 24/187F): Where oh where did my run go? Last season I was falling around 22min for a 5k off the bike. But I did hear that the course may have been long, and it took place mostly on a rocky, gravelly, grassy trail with rolling hills, so I’m taking that into consideration. I was still racing happy through the whole run.
Overall (1:32:45, 67/490 OA, 12/187F, 1/7F20-24): I am a happy camper. Not only am I pleased with how I did, but I genuinely ENJOYED racing this event.
Moving Forward: I’m not signed up for anything else at the moment as I’m waiting to see what the collegiate race schedule will be.
I wore a maxi skirt for the first time ever today.
I got it ~fo free~ from a family clothes swap so there was nothing to lose.
I’m still not sure how I feel about it.
"I think I podium’d" = "I got first in my AG by like 10 minutes"
No race medals, but I did get this glass and socks.
Who doesn’t love socks??
Race has been raced.
I think I podium’d for my AG! TBD.
Happy race morning, everyone.
Race wall (mostly) complete! I still need to print out the 3 photos above the medal on actual photo paper and get frames, but for the most part this is the finished product. Though technically it will always be a work in progress as I keep added bibs and medals :)
Outer left column is non-olympic tris and a du, next over is olympic tris, inner right column is half marathons, and far right is other running races, mostly 5ks.
I finally bit the bullet and acquired some spirulina.
It’s expensive and it smells kind of revolting, but the serving size is small and it’s supposedly incredibly good for you. I mean, come on, the bottle says superfood on it so you know it’s legit.