Posts tagged swimming
Posts tagged swimming
The day began at 4AM. I had to be at Zuma Beach in Malibu at 5:30 AM even though my wave did not start until 7:20AM. I thought I would have a lot of time but in the end, I had just enough time to do what I needed to do. I did not anticipate a 2.5 mile walk from my car to the transition area. That said, this race is a MUST DO! The Malibu Triathlon is top notch. It sells out in minutes every year, with good reason. It runs like a well precisioned clock. The swag is great. The locale is amazing. What else could you ask for???
As I walked from my car to the transition area, I saw a pod of dolphins just a few yards off shore. I knew it would be an awesome day. I found my team and picked up my packet (another perk of this race, same day packet pick up was a breeze!). As we walked from packet pick up, I saw Chrissie Wellington. She was standing around talking to a couple of people. I told my teammates who she was and decided to stop and chat with her. She is the REAL DEAL. I welled up with tears as I recounted watching her in Kona last year. (I spectated the Ironman World Championship last year and watching her win was a highlight of the experience). She showed me her scars (from the bike accident that she suffered right before Kona). She is an inspiration!!!! I came away from our talk with a renewed vigor. I wished that I had signed up for the full race and not just the swim.
Me with my new bff Chrissie. Can you tell that it is 6:15AM in the pic???
Me, Kelly, and G. before the race. Go Team!
Our wave was also the celebrity wave. Guess who stood next to me at the swim start??? Chrissie! She swam with members of the Challenged Athletes Foundation. I had joked with Reilly that I wanted to start the swim with Chrissie having no idea that it would actually happen! The sea was a little rough at the start and finish of the swim. The rip current at the finish made it tough to exit the ocean but I made it up and out. Zuma is unpredictable and I was thankful for relatively calm seas. It could have been a lot worse.
Awkward post swim photo.
After the swim, I handed off the time chip to our biker G and collected my medal.
Medal for a half mile swim!
I stayed in the transition area with our runner Kelly and watched people at the bike dismount. This is a serious race. There were a lot of fast bikers out there! It was fun to watch.
Our biker had some issues out on the course (she did not bring water!!! I DID NOT KNOW THIS AND COULD NOT BELIEVE IT! It was a very hot day and water was necessary, even for a 18 mile ride). I had alerted medical personnel that I was concerned because she was out on the 18 mile course for a long time. (I am very familiar with the course as it is part of the route that I ride all of the time.) The medic said that she was not involved in any of the reported accidents. By the time she arrived in the transition, she was a little disoriented. The medic saw me with her and came up to be sure that she was okay. I took her to the brunch area (another perk of the race! free brunch!). She had several glasses of orange juice and some carbs and perked up. I am so glad that she was okay. It was her first race and she did not really know what to expect.
By the time she was feeling better, it was time for us to make our way to the finish to cheer for Kelly. Our runner Kelly was the reason I was on the team. She invited me to join her team months ago. It was Kelly’s first race. It was so much fun to watch her finish! She killed those 4 miles!!! I was so happy for her!!! Congratulations Kelly!!!
Overall, it was a great day! I highly recommend this race. I will definitely be back!!!!
The Malibu Triathlon is tomorrow! This race snuck up on me. I found out yesterday that our relay team is included in the celebrity wave. This should be fun! I am doing the swim leg for our relay team. When I signed up, I thought we were racing the olympic distance. It turns out we are racing the classic distance which is only a half mile swim. I have not swam at all since Vineman in July. When it comes to adding swimming to my schedule, I cannot seem to get it together. I rely on the fact that I am a life long swimmer/former lifeguard/swim instructor to get through these races. This does not help my swim times. No surprise there. I can only imagine how much faster my swim times would be if I put as much effort into swimming as I do into running.
Anyone else participating tomorrow????
Last week training took a backseat to the wedding and family events in Maui. Thankfully, I have no plans to travel between now and the race. Each weekend will be spent swimming, running, and building my mileage on the bike.
Since January, I have been swimming with UCLA Masters. This week, I am joining the local triathlon swim team, Tower 26. I swam with Coach Gerry years ago at UCLA Masters, where he was the head coach. I had planned to join a couple of weeks ago but decided to wait until after Maui. I hope that being amongst focused triathletes will calm my nerves and improve my swim.
Training is about to get very intense (3-4 days a week swim, 3 days a week run, 3-4 days a week bike). I have done a lot of this training over the last 6 months but my focus has been on the marathon, not the triathlon. Time to cast out the nerves! I have dreamt of Ironman for 20 years. It is time to make this dream a reality. First step, half Iron. Follow along as I chronicle the next 7 weeks of my journey towards 70.3.
Almost pool time. UCLA Masters Swim. Long Set - Stroke. Should be fun.
I survived the swim tonight and did not freeze thanks to my old school swim parka circa 1988!
I have missed my early morning run buddies so much that I have been dreaming about running with them. This morning I finally caught up with them in person. I was up at 4:30 to meet them at 5:05 for 7 miles. We ran some hills and for the most part my legs felt okay but I definitely need new shoes.
Workouts today: am 7 miles tempo/hills, pm masters swim (distance free) 1.5 hours
It is a chilly day in LaLa Land. It was 37 degrees during my run this morning. Swimming tonight should be interesting.
Almost my turn to get in the pool. Long set free. The State of the Union is on DVR.
Shalane wins! 49ers win! Patriots win! There is even more good news from the weekend. A while back I posted about the comeback of Olympic gold medal winner Janet Evans. Over the weekend, at the AGE OF 40, she qualified for the olympic trials in both the 400 and 800 free. This woman is just another example that ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE!
You can read more about her inspiring comeback here.
Whoa! This week has been interesting. With the addition of three full swim workouts, I am already feeling like a different person. My body is definitely working to adapt to this new regime. There was not a time during the week when I was not sore.
The week in numbers: 3 hours spin, 10100 yards swam (4 hours), 20 miles (3 runs) + 16 miler today = 36 miles ran.
I overslept my planned early morning run and am heading out now for 16 miles. The rest of the day is all about FOOTBALL!!!! GO 49ers and PATRIOTS!
This morning I woke up before 5AM to meet my running peeps. It had been a while and it was great to see them. 6 miles, 15 sec slower than race pace. Tonight it is back to the pool for another long set workout, an hour and a half. I felt amazing after the swim on Tuesday night and I was still flying high in spin yesterday morning.
Happy Thursday Tumblrs! Almost Friday…