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race report: Island Lake Sprint Summer

There isn’t much to “report” about this race, but it was another successful race on the books.  I wanted to win my age group in this race so I could qualify for age group nationals for next summer in Milwaukee, and I did.  I wouldn’t say that my race strategy was great, since racing like the hounds of hell are chasing you isn’t going to turn out your best race performance generally, but whatever.  It’s a sprint, right?  So I sprinted…

sunrise at Island Lake Tri

sunrise at Island Lake Tri

Good *new* things that happened in this race/training for the race:

  • I swam an open water leg of a triathlon without a wetsuit (I did the 5k swim last weekend without one too, but so did everyone else).  I can’t tell if the wetsuit makes me faster or not.  The swim was fairly terrible since I couldn’t see any of the buoys as we headed straight out into the sunrise.  I am certain my zigzagging all over the lake was not helping my swim split time. However, I did remember my ear plugs, so I wasn’t dizzy this time. What do you all think about wetsuits?  Do they make you fast enough in the water to offset the time it takes to get it off?
  • I did the bike and run without socks.  I don’t like a lot of crap to put on or take off, so I have been experimenting with no socks.  This was my first sockless race, and I think it’s a good strategy going forward.  How many people go sockless?  Yea or nay?
  • My run split was my fastest 5K EVER.  YAY!  For me, I will add again that I have been trying my best to incorporate the advice from the guys at Running Lab, which was to shorten my stride and increase my cadence.  I am certainly not at the suggested 180 steps per minute, but I imagine I started at somewhere like 80 and have increased it to well over 100 (maybe 120?) in the past few weeks. Previously (with video evidence to prove it!)  I was reaching with my foot and heel striking , and the advice I received in order to achieve more of a midfoot strike was to run as though I am running in place (you might have to actually run in place to get the feeling for this-I did!).  Thus, my body position is more upright and my feet are (sort of – at least in my mind) landing underneath me.  I should probably video my running again just to see.
  • As a result of these changes, and with my move to sea level vs. 6600 feet, I dropped my mile splits from 9:00/mi to 8:22/mi last weekend.  My mantra during the run leg was “Foot speed, foot speed” over and over–  I was kind of shot after the bike, so it was tricky to keep the legs cranking on the run (I now know how much time I will need to spend on my bike trainer this winter…a ton!)
  • Right hip and lower back pain continues to plague me and be a mystery.  I KNOW I need to strengthen my hip and I need to be doing those kinds of exercises every day…competing with yoga, stretching, core work, rolling, etc (like I have this kind of time?), and once I get on a schedule when the kids go back to school and the House Purchase from Hell saga ends, I will. I plan to experiment with both technique and training ideas after my last tri of the season (in a couple of weeks) and will be your guinea pig if any of you are looking to improve your run or decrease your injuries/pain in these same areas.  Running is definitely my weak link-  I want to be sub-8:00/miles by next summer.  In a 10k.  Yup, dream big!

Anyhoo, this race result kind of set up my dream plans for next summer.  Of course, I had dream plans for this summer which didn’t really pan out due to life’s natural interruptions, but being able to compete at nationals in Milwaukee next summer will be very cool.  Plus, the AG win puts me one step closer to a commitment to the DREAM BIKE from Mr. Prepared…I even got to drool over a few in Ann Arbor last weekend.  I’m a lucky girl.

Wine.  Hey, at least it's practical.

Wine. Hey, at least it’s practical.

Place Oallplace Name No. Age Rank Swim Tran1 Rank Bike Tran2 Rank Run Final
1 30 Susan Ogilvie 321 36 1 13:40 1:04 1 37:50 1:02 3 25:05 1:18:38
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adventures in getting lost

So we have successfully made it to our new home in Michigan, where no one told me it was going to be about 50-60 degrees, since it was 90-100 the last time Mr. Prepared left.  Since of course I didn’t get much working out in while we were on the road and the Ogilvie Farewell World Tour, and since our stuff was supposed to be here Sunday but it was postponed until yesterday (oh! Yay!), I told Mr. Prepared I was going to ride my bike early Sunday morning.  I picked an old rail trail that had been converted to asphalt (since the speed of drivers + lack of shoulder + total lack of knowledge of where I am is petrifying) to do my first bike ride.  I looked at the map, determined how I would drive to one of the end points, and flipped off my phone.

Now, I know we live in the age of Google Maps and voice-activated driving directions, but I really do pride myself on sense of direction and being able to read a map.  However, I got so turned around in driving (first in the entire opposite direction of where I intended to go) that a 12 minute drive took almost an hour.  I won’t even mention the fact that I tried to drive to the start of the trail which was across the lake from the actual parking lot.  Not. Actually. Possible.

However, I was so relieved when I arrived at my destination that I promptly coughed up my money for an annual out-of-state parks pass (less than ½ the cost of a state parks pass in CO!) and drove in.  It was like a triathlete gathering!  There were people on their bikes, people open water swimming, people doing beachside yoga.  I wanted to like wave my hand and be like, “Hey!  I’m new! Anyone want to let me ride with them?” but I didn’t because I am a totally self-conscious chicken shit, if I am being honest.  So I just hopped on my bike and started riding my planned route.  I didn’t see any of those riders on my route, so I am not sure where they were biking, but maybe I will find out soon?  I did see one guy (it was hard to miss the aero helmet and full disc wheel, truth be told) going around and around doing laps on the park road.  If so, I am not sure why.  The route I went on was not the prettiest, but at least I was going somewhere.  I went through 3 counties, which seems impressive when you come from a county as big as Rhode Island (Not truly impressive.  One time Mr. Prepared ran through 3 states in one run, and that sounds way more badass.)  I did parallel a major interstate most of the time, but I figured that wasn’t too different from home, and at one point I saw people playing actual CRICKET.  The GAME.  Pretty cool, huh?

Monday I played it safe, used my voice-activated Google Maps, and worked out in a gym that we got free week passes to Sunday afternoon.  It’s actually freezing here, and I thought I might be cold outside in all those shorts and tank tops I brought for the “Midwest heat”.  Also, I wanted to try out my new shoes I got (along with excellent free advice and video analysis AND feedback about my running form!) at The Running Lab in Brighton (thank you!).  After running, I was still too chicken to work out in the weights section, so I did my weights upstairs in what could best be termed their “old weights we didn’t want to throw away yet” section.

New adventures bring out new habits, and I am trying to make good ones here.  I am looking forward to waving to people I know soon, instead of waving and looking like the crazy girl.  Actually, people here are so friendly, they’d probably just wave right back.

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