I sent an email to my Coach, and this is basically it.
BTW-- Ball sucker refers to Horsetooth reservoir. After the race, Coach texted me, and my reply was, "Horsetooth sucks big fat balls".
I really loved this race. The organization was awesome. The course was beautiful....(although that's what got me in trouble twice on the bike).
It's one that I would like to do again. It might just go on my calendar next year....and maybe I'll ride the ball sucker once or twice before it. :) Hill repeats anyone?
The reason I hadn't done it in the past is because it is about 1.5 hour drive. I ended up being in the 2nd wave (which was AWESOME). FOR ONCE! Thanks goodness the RD is an older woman. SHE UNDERSTANDS. So yea. 2nd wave with the 45-49 Men. That meant that I had to be on the road by 3:30am.
I have absolutely NOTHING bad to say about this race. Parking was like my Aunt T.....ample. Post race food was fantastic. Unbelievable volunteers. Except for one woman driver, the town of Loveland seems to support and embrace the race. Throughout the course, people were sitting on the driveways cheering for us. One guy had a hose out offering to spray us down on the run.
This race is a MUST-do.
Coach and I had a plan for the swim: Go out fast and gain position.
My ows swims had been "meh". Over the past 2 weeks, I've hit the open water a bunch of times to figure out what was happening. I realized that at around 900m, my form starts to fall apart because that's when I'm typically trying to swim my fastest. Instead, I've been telling myself "strength over speed". It works. It reminds me to focus on my form, and good form = good swim.
The only catch to the swim is that there really is a .25 mile run to transition. Running is my weakness, so it kinda sorta sucks to be out of the water fast only to get passed on the run to T1.
I think you need background info here. My last race was in May. Since that time, I really struggled to get my bike training in. I was doing the short rides, but I was skipping my long rides.
There was a lot of Tea drama going on. I want to stress this: I am not special. I'm not different than anyone else. We all have stress in our lives. I wanted to stress this point because Bill's comment to me was basically "Sounds like life to me." I felt like I must have come across as a Drama Queen in my last post. Triathlon is considerably harder than single sport training, from a scheduling perspective.
I had been unsuccessful in figuring out what was going to work. My work-work was going through an extremely bad time.I couldn't figure out WHY I couldn't get my tri-training in. I MUST be a wuss. Everyone else can do it.
Then Coach and I had a talk. and another talk. and another talk. Over the period of about a week, we figured out how I could get all my training in.
Why am I telling you all of this? Because this all came down about 2 weeks ago. I've only been seriously doing bike training for 2 weeks. And I was heading into this:
Normally, ^^THIS^^ is not an issue. 1.) I'm good at climbing and 2.) Bike is my strength. 3.) The 2nd half is rollers. Those are what I do best.
Back to the race report:
Coach told me, "Take it easy on the first 15 miles. Go easier than you think you should".
This bike course isn't bad at all. It's the stretch from about 14 to 16 that is tough, made even more difficult by my lack of training.
Horsetooth was tough, but honestly, I built it up to be horrible. I'd read so many people's blogs about how difficult it was. Yes. It is tough, but what goes up must go down. I just keep thinking about the prize on the other side. Not one woman passed me on the way up, so I figured I was doing about average. I'd be concerned if, all of a sudden, I was being passed like crazy. That didn't happen (except for the young guys catching me).
One really GREAT thing happened! At the end of every race, someone beats me. She comes from behind and passes me, and I just give up. A woman passed me, and I could only think "Not today!" I wanted to not just catch her but pass her. I DID! It wasn't very far (maybe 50meters?) but I ran with everything I had left. I'm not kidding. That was kind of fun.In the end, passing some random woman at the end of a race, doesn't mean anything. It was nice to find strength in there somewhere to do that, when I'd never done it before.
Seems to work pretty well. :)
For the record, Lovelan L2L was a 3:41 PR on a bike course that was 30 miles instead of 24.8.
This is where I am: I have a sprint in two weeks. I just signed up for it. I'm using it to gauge how much improvement I've had over the past year. It will be more like a training day.
My training has been spot on for the past 2 weeks, and it'll continue like that. I'm really happy that we got it all figured out.
Today....is a rest day. Total rest. I'm not sure what Coach has planned for me, but I have a feeling the next few weeks are going to be insane.