Saturday, May 20, 2006



I woke to an awesome morning. You could see the fog on the hillside. It was 530am and I hadn't slept much. I ran down to the lobby and grabbed a bagel,banana, and yogurt. Then Cor and I were out the door at 645.
We parked at T2. I walked over and set my shoes out for the second run and really began getting nervous. Cor and I then caught the bus to the start. Because of the wave I was in I had about 2 hours wait. I ran in to Mary and even she was nervous.

RUN1- 24:20(12:10) The first mile everyone took off. I was last again but my pace felt good. At the 1 mile mark I was at 10:30. Then we hit our first big uphill. That's when I passed Laura and I wasn't last anymore.
T1 1:44 It went smooth. I wasn't in a low enough gear for the beginning hill so I went back down then up again.
BIKE 1:28:29 I felt really good on the bike. There were some CHALLENGING uphills. But I actually started passing people. Spinning was really paying off. On one of the downhills I checked my speed at 36mph. Whee doggies.
T2 3:05 It was quite a distance thru the transition to the bike. Someone put my shoes on the other side. Igrabbed a drink of water and headed out.
RUN2 56:37 I started the run and look up to find a huge uphill for the first half mile. I walked it up. Then began to run 4:1 ratio. I felt good and passed a couple of more people. After the 2 mile turnaround I saw a lady (52) in front of me. My goal became to pass her. She walked off and on. I kept running. I the last down hill I went by and beat her by 2 min. The icing on the cake.

I totally enjoyed the experience. I am looking forward to replaying everything and planning my training ahead.

Friday, May 19, 2006



Today our students graduated. Sue and I went too the ceremony and each spoke. It was amazing to see them after the 2 years of hard work. Plllanning does pay off.


I spent the morning cleaning the house and packing for Galena. I will pick p the kids at 1 and head off. About 3 hours. The ride was beautiful. It sprinled on and off. We checked in at the hotel.and then Cor and I headed for the beach to drop my bike at T1. We picked up my packet and checked for my wave start time. It was 10:28 am. Shit 90 min after the first wave in the tri. I was upset because I was the slowest starting in the last wave. I would really be obvious with the bus following me how slow I was. The hills for the ride were enormous. My head was spinning. Should I even do this? Then Cor reminded of what I had always told him. It's not about being first or last just that you finish.

My goals for tomorrow:

  • Finish the race
  • No time expectations
  • Bike up all hills-no walking
  • Run:walk the run-walk at all water stops
  • Don't wreck.

I'm not sure if I can sleep tonight. We went to Happy Joe's for pizza.

Wednesday, May 17, 2006



I was planning to run 2 miles tonight but my husband made dinner plans at 6pm. Not much extra time. It worked out really good because my legs were really tired. I have a hard time remembering that the training is already done. There is nothing I can do now to change where I am. In a way I am anxious to get this weekend over to come back and regroup my training. I feel I can train harder. I might skip the Batavia Duathlon just to add more training time in before I do another one. My running is very weak right now.

Tuesday, May 16, 2006



I knew I had to spin tonight. It was Mary's class. With Galena this weekend -I had to see Mary before I went. It was great to see her. The class was an awesome workout as usual with great music. She is so motivating in how she can push you and make you reach a new level. I have to spin with her at least once a week in my training I'v decided.

Tonight made me take a look at my training. It's just enough to get by and survive. Is that what I want? I don't want to be OCD about it but I really think I need to take it up a notch.

Another worry for the weekend-my front derailler on my bike isn't right- Took it to the bike shop . I pick it up Friday morning when I leave.

Serious taper has begun.

Mary' words of advice: " If they are taking your picture while you're running be sure not to have your helmet on." Thanks Mary!!!!!!

Monday, May 15, 2006



It ended up to be a beautiful evening. I cut the back grass and still had time for an easy 2. I took DAKOTA. We ran a nice pace and my legs felt good and strong. I am nervous about this weekend but I can't put my finger on what I'm most nervous about. Is it that I won't make it , will I wreck on my bike ,will I be last,or do I have a clue what I'm doing??? Spiining is on for tomorrow then another run on Weds. then done until Saturday.

Sunday, May 14, 2006



The sun finally came out today. When I was at Rockford one of the biggest challenges was the transistion. Not that I saw anyone else being last. I decided to pull everything out and practice with little cones and all. I started out clipping my shoes into the bike and practicing getting on and off. Not bad. Added the running shoes and change in. Not bad. Getting off the bike- not bad. Getting on the bike while moving-----really bad then crash down I went. Quite the sight for the neighbor's compny that were leaving. I jumped up and Said,"I'm okay". I think they thought I was drinking.

Bottom line: I improved on how to transition.
Mental note: Do not get on the bike while moving -come to a complete stop.



I really wanted to treat myself to a lazy day but I knew Galena is only 6 days away. So I went to the 8am spin class. I was surprised to see weekday Tony there and knew it would be a challenging workout. He also brought mother's day treats-gatorade,fruit and energy bars. At that point I knew an easy hour was out of the question. The class was full and had alot of pumped up people. We did 6 x 8-9min. sets. They were speed intervals follwed by a hill. I haven't taken Tony's class in a while - remember now why it is so good for training.

Happy Mother's Day!!!!! (Mom I miss you)