Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Pics and sunshine

No profile shots of Trinity and me, 
but I *think* I see some muscle definition in those arms!

Two feet off the ground...that's running, right? :)
(BTW....I *hate* spandex.)

Now I have to finish packing up.  We're off to the sunshine for the weekend.  Dinner with friends tomorrow in Chandler then the hubby's nephew is getting married on Saturday in Tucson.   It's supposed to rain for about the next week here, so I'll be glad to leave it behind for a few days.

And in May we've got a little vaycay on the books.  I'm hoping to see one of these up close.....REAL close.  (fingers crossed)

Monday, March 14, 2011

Doing a Du

First race of the year....done!  Woot!

I knew this one was going to be tough.  If I had to pick my strength in triathlon, I'd pick swimming.  Sad...since that's the portion that lasts the least amount of time.  Not that I'm a fast swimmer, maybe just a bit less slow than my bike and run.  So with a run-bike-run format, I've eliminated my strength.  But that's what this is all about.  Testing myself.  Getting outside the comfort zone.  Seeing what I can do.

The biggest lesson of the day may just be.....don't schedule a race on the day that we set the clocks ahead.  *YAWN*  I had actually forgotten about the time change and remembered right before I headed to bed.  Not that I had to worry about the clocks. They change themselves.  But I quickly realized that what I thought was a reasonable hour of 9:30 bedtime was actually 10:30.  And 5:30 came around very early.

I had plenty of time to check in, visit the loo, get my transition set up, do my warm up, visit the loo, and get to the start line by 9:00.  It was about 50 degrees and I worried about being under dressed in just my shorts and tri top.  But then with my aversion to being even a tiny bit cold, I typically tend to overdress.  I quickly thought that I should have at least put on my arm warmers, but...too late now!  Time to line up and get going. It all worked out in the end though, as I quickly warmed up once we got moving.  Only my hands got a little chilled on the bike.

The field was small enough that they decided race morning to send all the women off in one wave.  Just looking at some of the ladies there, I knew they'd be speeeeeedy.  Everyone, all roughly 40 of us, just sort of gathered by the start line and soon enough we were off. And just like that (*snap*) everyone was gone!  Gone I tell you!

The instinct to chase after them was strong, but I tried to follow *my* plan.  Ease into the first mile, then go for broke the second mile.  The first 2.2 mile run zipped by and then I was running into transition to grab Trinity and head out. 

I was a *little* apprehensive and maybe a bit cautious on the bike.  Not during the straights/flats, but a little tentative on the turns, a little unsure of which gears I'd need at what times.  Being only about my third real outdoor ride on the new bike, I think I did okay.  There was some head wind, there was a roller that was a little steeper than I anticipated (hit once on each of the two loops).  Mostly there was a lot of empty road due to the small field. Except it seemed almost every time I came to a turn there was traffic.  And I'm never sure of the etiquette in passing during a turn.  Do I make the pass anyway?  Is that considered rude?  I don't know.  So typically I end up slowing down to stay behind the person during the turn and waiting to pass until the turn is completed.  I think I need to learn to plan further ahead and make sure I complete passes before the turn. 

All in all, I'm quite pleased with the ride.  The bike feels good, pretty comfortable.  I think things can only get better as I get more comfortable with gearing, braking, and just the feel of the new bike.

As I approached transition again, I reached down to pull my right foot out of my shoe.  A nasty cramp lodged itself in my calf and I quickly let my foot sink back down.  The left one came out okay, so I tried the right again and managed to get both feet out and on top of my pedals in time to hop off and complete my 'flying' dismount.  It's kind of fun, spectators seem to like to see the flying dismount, and I almost always get some version of "woo hooo.....gooooo!"  Ran into transition, chucked (okay, gently put) the bike back on the rack and shoved my feet into my running shoes.  Oooof.  Legs felt like wood.

Okay, just 2 (.2) more miles!  Hang in there!  I felt like I was barely moving.  Cramp in my side for the first mile, I just kept talking myself into keeping moving. Left heel complaining a little bit. (Note to self...MORE calf stretching!) Ticking off the the steps.  Around this turn.  Just down that block.  And before long I could see the finish line entrance.  I heard some cheering for someone who must have been *really* close behind me and tried to get to the finish line as quickly as I could.  Somehow I held on and made it.  And just like that the first race of the year was already finished.

I missed my "A" goal, but overall I'm quite happy with my performance, finishing in 1:12.  I tried something new, I got my first race done on Trinity, and I learned some things!  That's a good day racing, kids! 

And evidently good enough for 4/8 in my age group and 19/44 for women.  I'll take that.  Especially since the initial results had me in a funk...listing me as second from the last out of all the women.  What the?!? 

Next tri in about a month....gulp! 

Tuesday, March 08, 2011

And she shall be known as


Why Trinity?

  • swim/bike/ brainer there.
  • Trinity from the Matrix (which I was re-watching the other day on the trainer).  She is one *tough* cookie.  Tough enough that I can forgive her for falling for the moron Neo.  After all, it's not really her fault....the Oracle predicted it, so it had to come true, right?  YES, I know I am a total sci fi geek.
  • and there is some element of faith to the name Trinity (father, son, holy spirit).  And while I'm not inclined to the religious kind of faith, it's a good reminder to have faith in myself and my abilities.
So Trinity and I hit the pavement today for the first time. Well...luckily we didn't actually *hit* the pavement...we kept the rubber side down.  Just a little 'easy' spinning.  And I have to say, she and I will need to work out our quirks.  Like, I *really* have to work on relaxing my shoulders down and letting my weight settle on the aero bar pads.  If I don't the front end feels a bit less stable to me. I was told that tri bikes are built to expect a larger portion of the weight distribution to fall on the front, so maybe that's why.

I was watching (okay, slightly admiring) my shadow as I rode along the path.  Nice flat back, nice bike profile.  I know, not just a sci-fi geek, but a tri geek too.  I contemplated pulling my iPhone out of my jersey pocket and snapping a picture, but as I'm still working on being able to eat/drink while riding the new bike, I didn't think that would be too good an idea.  Falling or dropping the phone....neither would be good outcomes.

It was nice to get at least one little ride in outside before the race this weekend tho.

Wait!  What!?!?  Yes!  It's race week!  My duathlon is coming up on Sunday.  According to instructions received from coach, it's going to be painful.  Well, at least if I do it right. 

Let's get the season started!

Saturday, March 05, 2011

Ain't she a beaut?

Just a brief foreword before the gratuitous bike porn photo.....

Once I had measurements and knew which bikes would fit, I wasn't too set on a particular brand of bike.  The shop would have/could have ordered what ever bike I may have wanted....Look, Cannondale, Specialized, Felt, etc.  After a brief discussion (in my head) that went something like..."Chrissie rides a Cannondale, I should get that. *snort*  Yeah, I'm sure it's entirely about the bike."  Okay. So, remember how I said patience was not my strong suit?  Well, when it came down to it, I picked up the bike that the shop fit me on.  I liked it.  It fit.  It was the same brand as my Ruby, which I've had and liked since 2007.  It was available pretty much *now* (after some set-up/prep).  Cha.Ching.

So.......I give you my new Specialized Transition.

Nope, no name just yet.  And nope...Bam is not impressed.

If the rain isn't *too* bad tomorrow, and just light showers as predicted, then we may make our maiden voyage.   Otherwise I guess I'll see how it feels to ride on the trainer. Exciting times kids!

Wednesday, March 02, 2011

Is it Saturday yet?

How about now?



Can you tell that I'm just a wee bit excited for Saturday?  Can you guess why?  Okay, okay, I'll just tell you.  I'm heading down to pick up my new ride on Saturday.  Wheeeeeee!  I have a noon o'clock appointment to get the fit all fine tuned and then I can bring 'er home!  Now the hardest part....she'll need a name.  Ruby was obviously a Ruby.  Her name was written right on her for pete's sake. This one has not yet revealed her name to me.  Maybe once I get some seat time. 

So I'll pick her up on Saturday (or maybe she's a he....I don't know....) and I have a race one week from Sunday.  Now the I ride Ruby or the new ride for the race?!?  I guess I'll see how the new ride feels and go from there.  The bike portion is only 10 miles, so it's not like I'd be on it too long.  So long as I'm comfortable with the different position and handling of this one, I think we'll let her run.  Stay tuned........