Soakin Up the Sun Triathlon

Bobby participated in his first triathlon of the season on Saturday. It was held just a few minutes from our house in my favorite neighborhood in the area. It was just a very short sprint tri to kick off the season (200 meter swim, 8 mile bike, 2 mile run).

It was a chilly morning in the 50’s, but we got up at 5:00,packed up the baby and made the short drive over. When I arrived Bobby was already setting up his transition.

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The race started promptly at 7:00. He was with the first group/experienced group for those that have raced before, so he was one of the first in the water.

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He was 11th out of the water, and honestly I wasn’t expecting him so soon and almost missed him!

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He doesn’t race in tri’s often, so his transition was a bit slow, but he made it onto the bike and out on the course.

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Emma Kate and I wandered around for a few minutes people watching, and very soon bikers started coming back in, as did Bobby. He quickly changed his shoes and was off on the run.

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There were cars blocking the way of the run course so I couldn’t see him until right when he turned the last corner right before the finish.

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Yay! He finished right at 49 minutes, and placed 31st out of around 180 people. Pretty good for not having been on his bike since the duathlon he did 6 weeks ago!

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We hung around for awhile after because the weather was just so nice, we couldn’t believe for being almost June. They had pizza, sandwiches, smoothies, and other treats to enjoy as well. Emma Kate and I are proud of him!

QOTD: What’s the weather like where you live?

Triathlon: Bobby’s View

Bobby took over my blog for the day, I hope you enjoy his point of view!

Each year our neighborhood hosts a triathlon. Two years ago we spectated, and last year we volunteered. I’ve been saying for more than the past two years that I wanted to do a triathlon, but I somehow still managed to surprise Heather when I told her that I was actually going to do it.


Granted the shock was probably due to…well this is how the conversation went:

Me: “I’m going to do the Tradition triathlon this year.”

Heather: “What?! It’s less than two months away and you haven’t trained, don’t have a wetsuit, or even a bike!”

I was tired of putting it off and this was the perfect opportunity. Besides, I have been lifting weights and running for years and this was only a sprint tri, how hard could it be? Okay, so I’m not completely oblivious. I know that anytime you participate in an athletic event that your body is not used to, it’s tough.

For those who don’t know, a sprint tri is short. Mine was one lap around the lake = 600 yards, a 17ish mile bike ride, and a 5k (3.1 mile) run. I knew that I could handle the run and I bike at the gym often, so it was really just adding in a swim. I began training as much as I could. I ordered a wetsuit and had Jen’s husband, Jeff, help me pick out a bike. By the time I had everything, the triathlon was a month out.

Swimming… is a bit different over long distances than doing laps in there pool where I pause between each one and catch my breath. I found this out by participating in a training day with the local running club. Rather than describe that painful experience, let’s just say I ended up watching YouTube videos on proper swim technique and doing how-to-breath exercises in the pool. I joined the club again for a bike/run brick workout (brick workouts are doing two of the events in one training session for those who, like me until recently, didn’t know that) and felt confident I could at least complete the tri.


Heather did a write up on the day of the event that you can read here:

I’ll simply add a few comments. I finished and was okay with my time. Something I didn’t do well was transitions. Apparently this is NOT the time when you sit down, rest, take a few drinks, dry off five times, and enjoy the scenery. I refuse to admit to the actual time it took me in my transitions, especially after seeing the posted times of everyone else, but let’s just say there is PLENTY of room for improvement.

The swim was the hardest part for me. The wetsuit made it easier, but I still need to work on breathing. I had a hard time keeping oxygenated and had to flip over and back stroke a few times. Even with that, my time was good because I can swim relatively fast for a 200+ pounder between the breaks. The bike was the easiest part, and the course was pleasant. The run was doable, though it was a crazy experience getting to run on legs that felt one part Jello and one part cement, at least for the first mile. Oh the sound of feet flopping around.


It was an overall good time and I plan to do more in the future. I like the distance of the sprint tri because it doesn’t make me feel like death, but is still challenging. I simply don’t have the time, or the desire for that matter, to put in the training it would take to do something like an Ironman, so I’ll stick with the short ones. If you are like I was and want to do one, just sign up and go for it.

I’ll leave you with this video I took during my training:

QOTD: What do you wish you knew about running or a tri before your first race that you learned the hard way?

Bobby’s First Triathlon


Last Saturday, Bobby raced in his very first sprint triathlon. Keep in mind he decided to do this ONE MONTH before the event, and got his bike then, and his wetsuit oh…three days prior to the race. (Drove me NUTS since I am such a planned out person!) Anyway, The race was in our neighborhood, which made life easy for us. Bobby got up and walked down to the lake to check in and brought down his bike. Then he came back up to the house for breakfast and the rest of his gear. I got down there a few minutes before the start and finally found him right before the swim. It was quite difficult to find him when everyone looks like a seal.


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They lined people up in order that they registered, so Bobby was number 221 out of about 300 maybe. I was SO nervous for him because he had only done one open water swim and it wasn’t even in his new wetsuit. He made his way down the boardwalk and it was finally his turn.


He took off into the cold water (it was a chilly morning for us!) and I tried to keep up with him in the sea of orange swim caps. I followed him down the boardwalk and yelled encouragement which I am sure he couldn’t hear.



I lost him when he got way far away by the turn, so I headed back to the entry/exit point and waited for him to come back. he ran out of the water and towards T1


Transition time (which he NEVER practiced and took longer than expected oops.)


He finally got on the bike and was off for 17 miles in the country.



As I waited for him to come back, I spotted a guy RUNNING down the hill carrying his bike. Poor guy! But what determination!


I finally spotted Bobby heading towards me


Back into transition he went and got ready to run.



I ran to catch him up at the next street but wasn’t fast enough, oops.


So I cut a corner out in front of our house and waited. This next photo is funny because Bobby is actually pointing at our he wanted to go into it and stop racing. Haha.


I headed to the house, grabbed the dogs, and then waited with a neighbor near the finish line.

Here comes Bobby!



He did it!


The after party was great. They had sandwiches, iced tea from raisin’ canes, fruit, and sno-cones! All free. I MAY have had two…

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We hung around and chatted for awhile and the girls had plenty of kids wanting to pet them.  Overall, Bobby had a really good time and says he wants to do another tri. He learned a lot in that first race, what to do and not do, and definitely needs to work on his transition times and his swim. He has no desire to do an ironman, but enjoyed the three sports together in one race. We will see what he signs up for next!

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QOTD: Do you tri? Do you want to?

Weekly Recap: April Week 1 2013

What a weekend it’s been already! We took the workout week easy after running the Crescent City Classic 10k last weekend. Bobby had pulled his back and needed to rest since he was doing his first Triathlon this weekend, and I had a 5k yesterday, and after the 10k last weekend, my body was telling me it needed a break. I will be recapping Bobby’s first triathlon experience this week in a post, as well as my Zombie run experience, so be on the lookout. Let’s just say yesterday was a very long and full day for me! Here is a sneak peek photo of the tri and the Zombie Run.



Here is a look at my very easy and quiet workout week:

Sunday: rest

Monday: rest

Tuesday: 1 hour elliptical, upper body weights

Wednesday: 3.1 miles treadmill

Thursday: walked the dogs, stretched/yoga at home

Friday: rest

Saturday: 3.1 mile zombie run


Like I said a nice restful easy week. I do want to get back into the gym and ramp up my weights again. I missed body pump for the first time in over a month last week, and I only lifted once. Yikes! I have been doing such a good job with cross training and want to continue it to keep me injury free. I’m off to have a relaxing Sunday with hubby, have a great day everyone.

QOTD: Do you ever have a week where you just slow down and back off your workouts?

Two Race Saturday

No no, I am not running two races on Saturday (today) However, Bobby is doing a race, and I am doing a different one! Bobby will be participating in his very first triathlon. I am super nervous for him! he has been injured, and didn’t sign up and get his bike until about 3 weeks ago, and he got his wetsuit two days ago! it will definitely be a learning experience for us. It’s funny, this is the third time we have been to this race (it’s in our neighborhood) and never would I have thought this year that Bobby would be a participant! (See posts from year one spectating, and year two volunteering).

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Volunteering for the race 2012

After I watch Bobby race, I have to hurry off to my own race, the Zombie Run! I will admit, I’m a little scared! I don’t like being scared or having things jump out at me, so this will be interesting. I was supposed to be a zombie, then go in a different wave as a runner, but when Bobby decided to register for the triathlon I backed out as a zombie but will be a runner in the 1:15 wave. I can’t wait to share photos with you from both events it’s going to be fun!


I will try to tweet and isntagram photos from Bobby’s race and my race as well so be on the lookout! Have a great day!

QOTD: Have you ever done a zombie run, mud run, or color run? Thoughts?

Triathlon Spectating


Evening friends! I hop everyone had a great day. We had a super Saturday down here in the south! Our new neighborhood held it’s first Triathlon here this morning, so Bobby and I got up early to go watch and cheer on the participants. It made me itch tor ace again (NOT tri) but it was FUN to cheer on the other racers!

At 7:00 when I woke up I could hear the music coming from the starting area. These are with my zoom lens from my upstairs balcony.

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zoomed out a little bit


we hurried to get ready and walked down to the lake just as the first swimmers were getting in. The swim start area was very small so it wasn’t like several people started at once. There were over 200 participants!


The race was 1/3 mile swim, 18 mile bike, and 5k run. This guy was dancing to Soulja Boy right before he got in the water so I had to take his picture! (guy in orange cap right in the middle of the pic)


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everyone looked so excited/nervous!


first out of the water. This guy went on to win in a time of one hour and eleven minutes.



running to transition


There go the bikes!


we walked over to the transition area for a few minutes


and watched people change and mount. it was interesting to see peoples routines for changing, etc.


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yay for cheerleaders!


we decided to go up to the house and get some bug spray. The gnats were awful! We also grabbed the golf cart and the dogs and headed to the corner of the park that our house is on. It is a lonely stretch of the 5k in the woods at the top of a hill and we thought the runners could use some encouragement about then.


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ok now try…


and yes that is our house in the background!

We had snacks, too! I love this pic. The girls look like they are smiling!


The first runner came by! I took this to show where they were running in reference to our house. You can see the runner on the left of the picture coming up over the hill. He looks very very small still. Smile


I also ran back to the house to grab Bobby’s old cheerleader megaphone so he could yell at the runners!


action shots of me cheering!

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maybe my arm was itching?

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This was cute. Sassy was just walking around standing RIGHT on the side of the road, just watching people pass. not barking or getting in the way or anything. Then she decided to lay down and watch. We told people she was cheering for them.

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Most people were very responsive to the cheering. I got a lot of smiles, waves, thank you’s, and some funny comments like “1000 bucks if I can ride in your golf cart!” and “wanna run for me?” To which I replied SURE! It was a lot of fun! I was so excited for them.

After awhile we headed to the finish line, and parked in the shade. I wanted to walk to where the runners came around the last turn and could see the finish. I wanted to yell for them to kick it in, give it all you’ve got, this is the end. that was SO FUN! Especially when pople actually went FASTER after I yelled at them!


I started calling out numbers, telling them to finish strong, they were looking amazing, and they were almost done. I yelled at one guy to “kick it in" now!” and he laughed and yelled “I AM kicking!!!” It was such a blast. I was seriously born to be a coach. I was loving cheering and encouraging. I have coached volleyball and basketball, so why not running? Smile

After we watched a lot of people finish, it was time to get some grub. They had hot dogs, snowballs (what northerners call “shaved ice”) and Raisin Cane’s chicken. If you have no idea what this is then you are seriously missing out on one of the best tasting things in life. YUM!


it was nice to have our golf cart, we just sat on it in the shade and ate while we watched people finish.



We also met a few more of our neighbors that were out and about which was fun. We stayed for several hours, until everyone had crossed and they did the awards/people went home.

This race got two thumbs up from me. I LOVE a free snowball! (I had two!)


Afterwards we rode home and did a little yard work, planted some plants etc. Then we went for a run ourselves! After watching it was hard not to do SOMETHING active! I ran 2.5 miles and bobby did an extra 3. I was feeling sunburnt and tired so I let him go on without me.

I had some major sunscreen fail, because I obviously didn’t apply evenly and now have hand prints on my shoulders. Whoops!

We had a great day and I know next year it is going to be even bigger and better! off to so some cleaning, my parents come for a visit tomorrow!

QOTD: Have you ever spectated at a race? Did you enjoy it?