I never thought that I’d say that this course, or any super hilly course for that matter, was fun. But it was! I threw this race into the mix as a training race after doing some solid biking and tri stuff this week. I didn’t think that I would have the legs to handle the hills, but I did. Nutrition-wise, I felt like it was spot on and probably will do an expanded caloric intake of this “menu” for the longer races.
“Good Athlete No Donut” things that I executed pre-race
First of all IT WAS A WINE/ALCOHOL FREE WEEK (minus a glass-shocking, I know)
Weight 3.8# above race weight (we triathletes like to be exact in these figures; god forbid that I was a whoppin’ 4# over……my day would have been shot…I would have been crying…. LOL….kidding)
Food (Note 8:00 a.m. race start)
5:15 a.m. 1.5 GF English Muffins with 2 tsp Earth Balance fakey buttery spread sprinkled with sea salt. What can I say, I like my salt.
Large coffee with Soy Milk
6:45 a.m. 2 bananas; 1/2 Kombucha 2000
7:45 a.m. Vega Energy Gel-Orange
Mile 6.5 (whatever time that was) Vega Energy Gel-Orange
Note: Vega Energy Gels are really good—a 100 calorie mush of dates, chia, coconut oil and orange. The only problem is that the packaging is stiffer than most. I angle the shoulders onto a bias (scissors required) so the packet doesn’t cut the sides of my mouth when slurping it down.
- 1 Kombucha (GT Synergy Ginger Flavor)
- 10 Mary’s GF Crackers (these are the friggin’ bomb)
- 1/2 cup of Vegan Quinoa Chili (race provided, thanks Hash House Harriers)
- Within 1 hour Vega Recovery-based Smoothie with Chia Seeds
Race Notes: My goal was to negative split the race and I did (probably because mile 2-3 is a straight uphill). My friend, Nate Kredich, ran by me at mile one. He was dressed in a grey top and shorts. I told him that he looked like a naval vessel and struck up a brief conversation with him before he pulled ahead to an eventual sub 1:30. I was able to hold a conversational pace until the end when this uphill “magically” appeared out of nowhere for the entire last mile. I almost caught a girl in my age group, but the hill kicked in (and I didn’t) and she put 10 seconds on me. Oh well. My zippy HERevolution teammate, Gina Correll, had a whopping 6 minute PR on the course and it was a great showing by the “almost” Grand Master’s women as I think we were all in the top 10 overall. Yay Cougars!
Lotsa fun; glad to be out racing again; off to see Dan Selstad tomorrow for a little Achilles love!